Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Wayne Thomas Batson Interview

Hey all! sorry this is a few days late :P i procrastinated! (don't you love doing that???)
*ahem* anyway, here is an interview i had with:
Fantasy Author Wayne Thomas Batson

(too dramatic? psh. i think its perfect. he is soo awesome, it NEEDS to be dramatic :| )

            SA: What was your first book published? 
       WTB: The Door Within in 2004

       SA:How long did it take to get it published? How does it feel? 
       WTB: Honestly it took about 10 years. Crazy, huh? But the first 8 years I had no idea what I was doing and tried to get published without an agent. {Sigh} Once I got an agent, it was really only about 2 years of sweat to get in print. And it
feels amazingly great--though, now that it's contracted writing, it does
feel like work sometimes. 

       SA: What are the benefits of getting a book published?  
       WTB: Money certainly isn't one of them. You'd be amazed how little the author makes for each book, but that may be changing as eBooks force publishers to change their business tactics. Mainly, the benefit is you get to share your stories with a much larger audience. And for creative types, that really matters.
             SA: Who (or what) inspired your writing career? 
        WTB: God first and foremost. The Lord crafted my life in such a perfect way to produce an author. But in the world, I'd have to credit my parents, J.R.R. Tolkien, and two teachers: Mrs. Mangum and Mr. Spero! 

        SA:Why do you like to write? 
        WTB:There's joy in creating. It's what I was made to do, so I feel fulfilled when I write. After all, I can create new people and places--whole new worlds, if I want--and invite others to read and enter in!

        SA:How does it feel to know that your books changed many lives? 
        WTB:It's a bit surreal to be honest. And, you know, sometimes, it's a HUGE relief. As a Christian and an author, I kind of hope my stories glorify God and please Him. Whenever I get an email from someone my stories have touched, I must
admit, it floors me and reassures me at the same instant.

This interview was done for a school assignment, but i asked if i could put it up here :)
Thanks to Mr. Batson, i got an A ^_^ hehe

That's it :) Next post will be a Interview with Bryan Davis!
And I must thank Mr. Batson for letting me interview him :) Thanks!!

Always Hope.


Jake said...

Epic interview. :)

Silver Angel said...

thanks Jake! :)

Yana said...

Great interview!

whisper said...

Wonderful interview; SA! You asked great questions. :)

Contracted writing... Mr. Batson does contracted writing? *considers this* I did not know!

Whoa, so there was a real Mr. Spero? o.0 No wonder the guy had such personality in CotSK. >_> He was one of my favorite teacher/librarian/elf/guardian/sentinel/warrior/dudes.

Oh, and by the by, I really like the blog layout, SA! It's cool. >_> It's tricky to mentally adjust from the smooth blacks-and-blues of the old one to this; but I like it! I especially like the red title-font on the sidebar thingies. ^_^


Nathan R. Petrie said...

Hopefully Batty reads this ;)

@Batson, what'd Mr. S think of his character in COTSK??? ;)

Camerie said...

GOOOD interveiw SA! I'm jealous you got to meet Mr.Batson.