7 Questions With Author Christian Freed
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, I present to you Christian Warren Freed, retired combat veteran, father, avid cigar and whiskey aficionado and author of over 25 science fiction and fantasy novels. Sit back, strap in, and get ready for the ride.
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Christian W. Freed was born in Buffalo, N.Y. in his words “more years ago than he would like to remember”. After spending more than 20 years in active duty with the US Army he has turned his talents to writing. Since retiring, he has gone on to publish 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as his memoirs from his time in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first published book, Hammers in the Wind has been the #1 free book on Kindle 4 times and he holds a fancy certificate from the L Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest.
Passionate about history, he combines his knowledge of the past with modern military tactics to create an engaging, quasi-realistic world for the readers. He graduated from Campbell University with a degree in history and is pursuing a Masters of Arts degree in Digital Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He currently lives outside of Raleigh, N.C. and devotes his time to writing, his family and their two Bernese Mountain Dogs. If you drive by you might just find him on the porch with a cigar in one hand and a pen in the other. You can find out more about his work by following him @ https://www.facebook.com/ChristianFreed or on Twitter @christianwfreed.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I blame my Army career for being overly regimented and organized. My ritual begins at the local Barnes and Noble where I sit down with a blank sheet (s) of paper, a pen, and a cup of coffee. By the time I leave I’ve figured out the first 200-300 pages and then adjust fire from there as the book progresses. The end result is seldom what happens when I first envision it, but that makes the journey almost as fun as the destination.
How does a day in your author life look?
I retired from the Army in 2011 so I get to do all the stay at home dad stuff while still banking a few checks each month. Between kids, house, and our Bernese Mountain Dogs, I find the time to write some and build my business on Fiverr doing back covers and bios for other authors.
How do you deal with negative feedback or negative reviews?
There might have been a time when that bothered me but I was taught that feedback is neither positive nor negative. Its just feedback. Reviews, this is where so many authors get it wrong, reviews aren’t for me the author. They are for other readers to base their decision on. If you enter this game thinking everyone is going to love your book I have oceanfront property in Oklahoma for sale….
Is there anything you learned from reader reviews?
Not especially. I’ve been doing this for almost a decade now so I’ve made all the mistakes and stumbled through things without knowing what I was doing. By now I’ve gotten it down to my target audiences and pretty much know what to expect from readers. The ones that I get a kick from are the unknowns.
The ones who take a risk on reading my book without knowing anything. Those are hit or miss. I’ve been compared to George RR Martin (Game of Thrones) in a good way and Nathaniel Hawthorne in a bad way- still not sure about that one.
How long do you self-edit your manuscript before sending it to a proofreader/ beta reader / editor?
I don’t. I am very methodical and take my time to write. Once I hit the end I’m sending it off to my editor and my mentors for their opinions and corrections. Then I either publish or send to a publisher.
What’s your favorite genre as a reader?
I love a little bit of a lot. Horror, military history but my go to is fantasy and science fiction. I remember trying to read the Fellowship of the Ring in 1st grade and wanted to bang my head against the wall with all the names, but if you skip over all that the book goes pretty fast.
That and one of the first movies I remember seeing in theaters was Ralph Bakshi’s animated Lord of the Rings (Yes, I’m that old. Saw the original Star Wars in the drive in too and news flash for you kids- Han was the only one who shot in the original!) so I kinda had a leg up.
Does the genre you normally read have a direct influence on your writing?
Absolutely. There are a few authors who directly influence my work, namely Steven Erickson of the Malazan Book of the Fallen and David Weber’s Safehold series. Throw in a little L.E. Modesitt Jr, Dennis L McKiernan, and old school Terry Brooks- you know I worked with his cousin’s husband when I was in Afghanistan?- and my mind starts racing.
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