Featured Friday! Lincoln Cole

10. Lincoln Cole.pngLincoln Cole was born and lives in Columbus, Ohio. He is twenty-nine years old and has

been writing novels his entire life. He works in the IT industry developing web applications and writing software.

He is married, has a pugamonster named Luther, and enjoys writing in his spare time.  Writing and telling stories keeps him sane.

He was inspired to start writing by the works of George R.R. Martin, Isaac Asimov, and Stephen King. He is currently working on several titles, including the follow up to Graveyard of Empires as well as three new series.

Growing up, he worked in the horse racing industry with his grandparents for many years and won an award writing a short story for Hoof Beats magazine while in High School. He had since won the Visionary/Inspirational YA award from Literary Classics in 2015.

 

What’s your favourite part of the lifestyle of an Author?

My lifestyle is actually as a full-time software developer! I write as a hobby in my spare time, and I love getting finished with a first draft and being able to see the story coming together. I love building computer programs, too, so for me it’s a lot of fun no matter what I’m doing.

 

What made you start writing?

It was never really a conscious decision. I was writing stories and books when I was in middle school and I’ve always loved telling stories. I’ve just never really imagined not writing.

 

Is there an Author that you consider your inspiration?
Stephen King. He is brilliant at putting characters on the page that are believable and easy to empathize with. It was reading his works that made me know I wanted to write one day.

 

What’s your number one tip for an aspiring Author?
Be aware that the industry has changed. The days of writing a book and launching a career of writing are gone except for a select few, and now there is a lot of work you’ll need to do on your own. You’ll need to get good at a lot of little tasks that used to be taken care of by a publisher, but if you are successful at them you’ll be able to say you did it all on your own.

 

What type of book do you like to read and does this differ from the genre that you prefer to write?
I write in all kinds of genres, so when I’m reading I like the same thing. I particularly enjoy reading good fantasy and science fiction, and so far I haven’t written my own fantasy novels.

 

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Which one of your characters would you most like to spend time with?
Haatim, (from Raven’s Peak) I think, because he has a very easy to get along with
personality and is interested in all kinds of world topics. He’s sort of an everyman that will let readers come into the story and have a base on which the world can be built.

 

Which book do you consider a must-read?
The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. It’s so crazy and out there, but it builds up some of the most important characters in any novel series ever written.

 

What’s been the hardest edit that you’ve had to make? Why did you want to keep the material in?
I actually originally published one of my books with a scene in it that didn’t really fit. It was long, a lot of fun, but it just didn’t really work in the novel. I finally made the cut and removed it, even though it was one of my favorite scenes. Luckily, I ended up putting it in a short story collection so I didn’t have to just drop it entirely.

 

If you could live in a book, which one would it be?
I would love to live in a happy book where everything works out. The thing is, I don’t really have any good examples because I don’t like to read books like that. I think the thing about living in a single book is that there are so many good books out there, settling on one would take away from all of the others.

 

If you could pick an Author to write your biography, who would it be?
George R.R. Martin because I know it would be intense and have a lot of flair to it.

 

We all know the phrase “the book is always better than the film.” Which film would you like to see remade as a book?
Star Trek.

 

Can you sum up your life story in ten words or less?
Was a crazy kid, got married, now writes fun stories.

 

What’s exciting you about your next project?
I actually have two current projects, and they are both genre fiction which is a lot of fun for me. I like writing horror/thrillers and science fiction, so it’s been a nice change of pace for me to do something other than literary fiction for a while. Series are hard for me because I get easily distracted, but it’s still fun!

 

And finally, you have one quote to be remembered by, what is it?
If you aren’t loving what you do, then do what you love.

 

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