Interview with Boris Sanders

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1) Inspiration behind your entry for this contest?

As I read the phrase "Release the ___" I instantly thought of a Kraken, (I blame Pirates of the Caribbean) but it was such an obvious choice. Then I tried to think outside the box, I thought "what would be a different view, but still interesting?", and then the story just started to form itself. 

2) What made you decide to enter this contest?

It was the first writing contest I ever participated. I always loved mythology, so it was a perfect fit, a chance to test myself and to write about something that I really enjoy.

3) Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

Well, J.K Rowling was the author that made me like reading, so I feel like I have to mention her. But lately I have been enjoying the works of Brandon Sanderson, as I feel like he creates such unique worlds.

4) What is your favourite book you read this year and why?

I have to admit I haven't been reading as much as I would like to, as writing is taking too much of my time. But I really liked 'Loyalty' by Carol Deeley, it was a very engaging book, with a great immersive experience. I recommend it to anyone that likes historical fiction.

5) What is your best piece of advice for all the new independent authors out there?

Well, I consider myself to be a new independent author as well, but I believe the most important advice I can give is 'Keep writing' and 'Treat it as a business'. There's a lot of competition on the writing business, a new author can easily lose motivation. There's also a stigma about indie authors, normally about their work being of inferior quality than of a traditionally published author, and the worst part is, it's true most of the time. So many indie writers publish their work without following standards, such as getting an editor, a proof reader, or getting a designer for the book cover, making indie authors as a whole get a bad reputation. That's why I suggest to treat it as a business, as you write, you create the rough product, but you shouldn't offer it to the customers, you must process it first, hone it, perfect it, and only then you start to distribute it.