Interview With Tony Milano

When did you first start writing?

I started writing and thinking about books and stories at the end of 2012. When I was growing up, the fantasy of being a best-selling Novelist was just a seed in the back of my mind. If you go look at some of the movies from the 1980’s going forward you see writers as some of the main characters. That always stuck with me.

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?

It would have to be the writing its self. I actually love the task of writing a Novel. I enjoy banging away on my laptop and punching the keys. Also, when I write its quiet. I have no distractions. It allows me to experience the story firsthand.

What do your fans mean to you?

That’s an easy one. They are the lifeblood of what drives the creation of many of my favorite characters. In fact I often chat with readers via Social Networks or Email about the stories I write. Fans have great ideas and I’m open to all of them.

Who are your favorite authors?

I read many of books by several of great writers. So it would be unfair to just name drop 20 authors and miss so many more. I would have to say 2 that come to mind at this moment are S. King, he has the greatest influence on me as a writer and now I’m really enjoying Arthas by Christie Golden. She really knows how to give a great description.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

With my children. I started writing so that I could spend more time with my family. I have spent most of my adult life at a traditional job, so I was always at work. Being a writer has changed all that.

What is your writing process?

Well I wrote my first short story ‘The Way of Things’ while sitting in a restaurant at 6 in the morning for 2 weeks. But since then I have found that I need to be outside in a quite place. My backyard works great. As for the Nuts and Bolts of writing I go through several stages but I try to keep it simple. I do the following: Idea, Outline, Green Tea, Bleed on Keyboard. That’s the basics anyway.

How do you approach cover design?

I spend a lot of time looking at covers. For mine I just try to catch a spark of the story and find someone who can put it on a cover for me. I don’t do my own like some Indies do, I know what I’m good at and what I’m not good at.

What is your e-reading device of choice?

Well I read everything on my iPhone. I don’t have a Tablet or Kindle. Even though the fonts are small on a phone the mobility of having a thousand books in my pocket ends any arguments I could ever make.

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?

Email List! Email List! Email List! And then Social Networks after that. Join my List Click Here.

Describe your desk.

Ha-ha, My desk is so messy I don’t even use it for anything except storage. I take my laptop and phone everywhere I go and that’s really all I need.

What are you working on next?

Well, I always have some plates spinning and in the futureĀ I have and Alien Abduction Novel, A Witchcraft Novel and I’m Reworking an Older Novel that needs a Rebirth. I would really like to get to the point where I can publish around 10 Novels a year. Well that’s the goal anyway.