Throughout the month of March, me and my fellow hosts from IndieAthon are be interviewing some awesome indie authors and self-published authors. This will be the last interview on my blog and this time, we have a Q&A with the Cage Dunn!
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a full-time writer who lives in Adelaide in South Australia. I’ve moved so many times in my life (once it was 24 times in one year!) I don’t remember all the places I’ve been and seen. I’ve worked as a truck-driver and a computer programmer, a tutor and a stock-hand – and many things in between.
I can’t cook, and all my foster kids figured out very rapidly that if they wanted to eat good food, they had to learn how to do it for themselves. They all did.
I love animals, growing things in the garden – food and medicine – and leave at least one tree of each fruit for the birds to access. We also have a few lizards (they eat the snails – and the strawberries!), and a wide variety of birds and insects that are welcome to share our space.
If you could choose one book (other than your own), that you wish everyone in the world could read, what would it be?
That’s a question I can’t answer – maybe I haven’t read that book yet, or it hasn’t been written yet. I read a lot; at some times of the year 7-10 books a week (50:50 fiction/non-fiction), so I’m still looking. And because the styles of writing and reading change over time, I think the one book everyone should read must be part of the current cycle of stories being told. Why read classics that leave a reader scratching their head because of the style of language used? Learn what you enjoy, and then chase after the esoteric within the form. I do enjoy classics, but only when I have enough time to write things down as I go (because, if it’s Russian, I have to remember how many different names they have for the one person; or there are words or things I don’t know or understand).
There are people who tell me to keep my GoodReads up to date, but I’d rather be writing, and most of the reading I’m doing at the moment is research for new stories. Yes, I’m a reader as well, and I came to being a writer because of it, but … priorities. Maybe I’ll be the one to write the one book one day, but it will have to be another reader who says that, because I wouldn’t be objective.
What is one thing you love about being indie/self-published?
I make my own deadlines, time-lines, and output. I can amend, update, and take a reader’s comments into consideration and act on them if the story needs it. And even though most people think it’s because of the ‘extra’ percentages an indie gets, after you work out the costs, etc. there’s no, or very little difference. It’s not about the money, it’s about ownership and the closer relationship between writer and reader.
What is it like to indie/self-publish your book?
The first few efforts were hard, and the next few – changes crop up all the time! – will also be difficult. Anytime the resources change, it’s a new learning curve – it all takes away from writing time! But, which is better? Being in control of my products, or …
I’m not a patient person, and I’d like to get to the stage of publishing six or so books/stories each year – which means I don’t have time to wait for the trad pub process. I’m going to put my trust in readers and reviewers who enjoy my work to speak for the stories they read.
I’ve put in some synopses of Cage Dunn’s books below!
The rules of kingship have been lost with lack of care and the passing of time, but when the Prince retaliates against the Daughter of the Holy when she refuses to marry him and ensures she is sentenced to death by pyre for refusing him so publicly, the old ways reawaken, and the people remember and enforce the word of rule.
Landis must ensure the Daughter of the Father Holy lives. Not an easy task when she speaks up in the wrong places at the wrong times and says the wrong things to annoy the wrong people.
When the laws of the land have languished and staled into cruelty, Landis, RSM, an ordinary soldier, is given the task to ensure the Daughter of the Father Holy, brought forth to renew the Faith of the Scriptures, lives despite the sentence of Death by Pyre. Can he succeed against an arrogant Prince and an evil Queen?
Equine Neophyte of the Blood Desert
Trapped into potential slavery, no choices. Neesa plans her escape, prepares for the day she can be free to make her own choices. But on the day of Allocation, she’s accused of cheating, of manipulating the List, and when the Master of Horse comes to claim her as his student, the Master of Gold refuses. He has other plans for her, and none of them involve her remaining alive for long.
The only chance she has is to run into the desert of death, the red desert, and chase the Master of Horse. Better a death by desert than from the cruel hands of the Master of Gold.