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06 Jul

An introvert who writes to make impact to the readers, meet Winston Yellick…

 

JR: Tell us about yourself, and how would you describe yourself?

WY: How would I describe myself?  I don’t human well. I’m socially awkward and an introvert. Also, I have trouble seeing faces so I tend to not recognize people unless I’ve spent time with them.

 

JR: When did you first realise you want to be a writer? Who spotted that talent and what was the first thing you do knowing that?

WY: I think I always wanted to be a writer. I used to buy these composite notebooks from the dollar store. I liked to write in them, usually novel versions of games or TV shows I watched or played, later I wrote short stories but never really showed them to anyone.

 

JR: Do you have any formal education in creative writing? Do you think formal education in writing is necessary?

WY: No formal education. I am terrible at grammar, punctuation, capitalization. That stuff has always seamed secondary to me. I want to tell a story, not fuss about the grammar. One day I can afford a good editor, but until then I rely on my friends who I wish I could pay more.

 

JR: Are you a full-time author? Do you have other activities as main source of income? How do you organise your schedule and time in writing a book?

WY: I always joke to people that being an author is my main job and an overnight stock boy for my income.

 

JR: What made you decide to start writing something? What or who influences you?

WY: I started writing to get things out of my head, because therapy and talking to people wasn’t helping me cope with things that were bothering me. I started writing to escape.

 

JR: What is the greatest lesson you have learned and/or greatest achievement you have reached as a writer?

WY: A friend told me that my first book affected him in personal ways. I am both happy and sad. Happy because I can deliver some of my anger and sadness, but at the same time sad knowing it brought unhappiness to a friend.

 

JR: Do you have habits in writing? Any specific time and/or place to write?

WY: My favorite place to write is Twin Cities Leather and Latte, a coffee shop and local leather works store. The staff is always super nice and the coffee is affordable. The combination smell of coffee and leather always puts my writing mood.

 

JR: How long do you normally finish writing a book? What is the hardest part in the process?

WY: Time vary. I hate editing, and that part takes the longest process. I try really hard to make it look perfect, read it over, fix what I notice before handing it over to be fully edited and fixed.

 

JR: Do you have professional editors to furnish your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

WY: Editors are expensive. I was lucky enough to have a friend to look it over, and it ended up amazing. He would do it for free and I didn’t think that was the right thing to do. Sadly, I’m always broke. Really, I just need to set aside money from my next paycheck and put limit on myself as if I never had it.

 

JR: How do you think you have evolved creatively?

WY: I think I’ve cleaned myself up a bit since my first book published. As I write, I notice my mistakes and make correction straight away.

 

JR: Do you ever face Writer’s Block? If you do, how did you overcome the situation?

WY: I wouldn’t say writers block. I have so many stories in my head. I just switch to the next one and everything turns to be better. If anything, I think depression stops me most of all, low self esteem hits then. I constantly check the sites not to see how many copies I’ve sold or if I made any money, but the pages read section. When I see zeros across the board, it makes me think I’ve failed again. In truth, I know I’m still new in this business and don’t know much yet, but still it all adds up on me.

 

Into The VoidJR: Do you have professional designer to design the cover and/or interior of your books? If you do, any recommendation you would like to share to fellow authors?

WY: My brother took my first covers photo with me as the model, granted. It was just my arm, but still it was something. He has done a lot for me, including running my website. To him, this is a practice for his work. I wish I could pay him for doing this. I keep a running tab in my head for what I owe to people. For my second book, I just used a free cover creator, though I had to do some googling to make sure I wasn’t copying anyone’s design. I hope I’m not.

 

JR: How do you involve in promoting your books? Any marketing technique you can share?

WY: I’m still trying to figure that all out myself. It seams like you need to have a lot of friends to begin with or have budget to hire someone to promote your works. I’m trying to get my book on blogs, and I started a Facebook page, which is still under construction.

 

JR: Give your thoughts about traditional publishing Vs. self-publishing?

WY: I have only ever self published. It was exciting getting an EIN and creating my own logo (got it as celebratory tattoo), though I’m sure using a publishing house is easier. Still, I want to get to a point where others want to publish under me. Just a bunch of writers who don’t know what they are doing, publishing the books we wish we could have read growing up.

 

JR: How many books have you written (published and non-published)?

WY: Two published, and about seventeen unpublished. I’m working my way through them as we speak. My series take up most of them, but I have a horror slowly typing up.

 

JR: What genre that you normally write, and what draws you to this genre? Do you always write in the same genre?

WY: Growing up, there were not many books/TV shows/movies out there featuring gay protagonists that weren’t all erotic or what seamed to put gay men as stereotypes or comedic villains. I remember reading a book and thinking “I’m not like this guy, so does that mean I’m broken?”. I write gay fiction, fantasy and sci-fi. I guess YA at times. I don’t know.

 

Weird and Wild ChroniclesJR: Of all the books that you have written down, which book that you think the best one? And what do you think readers will find most appealing about this book? What’s the “real story” behind this book?

WY: The one I’m working on now. Under “Weird and Wild Chronicles:” is my best. I’m creating a whole new world filled with memorable characters whether it be “May the Faytes be kind” with cryptids, myths and legends, or “Some where out there” with how we would deal with Extraterrestrials just trying to seek out a space in our world. “Loki’s Lament” one of two stories involving immortality and how much it sucks, “I need a drink” Another immortality story. Or a “Lycan’s tale” Which is all about fitting in in a new world. I’m really excited for this whole Weird and Wild Chronicles: Series.

 

JR: Any other works in progress?

WY: High Viscosity is my horror I’m working on, don’t want to give too much away since I’m not sure if I will ever finish it since it’s sort of an I-finished-a-book-pallet-cleanser before i work on the next in my series.

 

JR: What advice would you want to give to an aspiring writer?

WY: Just write, find a space you are comfortable and write. Don’t care about the grammar, or the process. Just write, and this goes to everyone not just limited to writers. We all have at least one story in us; fiction or none, we all should write. Maybe our writings won’t be for everyone but that’s not why we should write. We should write for that one person who picks up our book, our recipe, our self help pamphlet, our blog, our fan-fiction, our whatever and say “this was written for me”.

 

JR: How can readers discover more about you and your works?

WY: I always updating site at http://ouroborosprints.com/

My Goodreads profile at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15371115.Winston_Yellick

My Facebook (still under construction) at https://www.facebook.com/Winston-Yellick-168029707069426/

 

Winston Yellick