My name is Adison Runberg. The best places to find me online are Instagram https://www.instagram.com/adisonrunberg/ and Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/adison-runberg. Photography and creating music are two of my favorite pastimes besides writing.
2.Tell us a little about your life outside of the world of writing.
I live in Duluth with my wonderful girlfriend Sylvia. I spend the long winter days drinking coffee and tea, snowboarding, and doing creative things in my spare time. Winter offers a lot of really unique opportunities for photography so I try to take advantage of that as much as possible. Summer offers a chance to hike and swim in the lakes we have all over Minnesota. Also, I’m really into Pokemon GO, my main goal with pogo is to get as many Dragonites as I can.
- How long have you been writing? What genres have you written? They don’t have to be published.
When I was in elementary school my mom and I would come up with stories to go with classical music since then I loved creating stories. I have been writing since high-school and was the editor of the school newspaper my senior year. I most enjoy writing fantasy and being as creative as possible. I love employing humor into my writing.
- What has been the greatest influence on your writing? Other authors, life experiences, etc…
The authors who have influenced me most are George R. R. Martin, Douglas Adams, and J.K. Rowling. There are countless others but these three have created masterpieces that I read time and time again. Everything in life can influence you in some way, I try to see the beauty in the world, and appreciate the small things in life. I often think of plot points and new scenes while taking a walk through my local park.
I have just started writing the sequel to Origin of Legends and the Secrets of the North. I haven’t chosen a name for the sequel yet. This book will be slightly darker in tone and have a much more developed antagonist. This new story has been fun to work on because it has a timeline that jumps around, and is told from differing viewpoints throughout.
- How do you typically begin your projects? Do you create outlines and character profiles or jump in head first with the initial idea? And do you focus on just one at a time?
I begin my projects with a basic story arc in mind. I then split this arc into at least 5 major points. I’ll start writing linearly from the beginning to the end, meeting each of these goal points. New and interesting ideas come to me while writing, and when they do it is always exciting. I love researching ancient mythology and incorporating those stories in with my writing. I often base my characters on real people, this helps me write more realistic dialogue, and know their motivations in each scene.
- What aspect of your writing do you consider your strength? Your weakness?
I am very strong at meeting my daily writing goal of 1000 words and sticking to my outlines. This helps me write efficiently. The main weakness I’ve noticed so far in my writing is that I like to write about eating food far too often in my stories, I’ll often delete a whole page where I decided to write about a feast that doesn’t progress the plot.
- After publishing, the next trouble facing writers is marketing. What do you typically do when marketing your novel? Do you have tips you’d like to share?
Marketing is a very important part of writing because without it your book may never be read by anyone. I have watched many hours of YouTube videos on the subject. Marketing is very interesting and is always changing in the book industry. I recommend Derek Murphy’s YouTube channel to anyone looking for where to start when it comes to marketing. This advice will be for self-publishing authors. To start with before you market your book you will want reviews. You should contact book bloggers before you publish your book so that they have time to read your book and are ready to review your book when it is published on Amazon. I would recommend contacting as many as possible if you are confident with your book. You will want a way for your readers to sign up for a mailing list so you can let them know when you come out with new content. Once you publish your book and have at least 10 reviews then I would recommend you start advertising on Amazon, many people have had very good luck with this. Also see if other popular authors in your genre will send out an email to their followers to let them know about your book.
- What advice would you give a writer who is starting out?
Have a plan and stick to it. Learn from what works well and what doesn’t, this way your next plan will be better than the first, and you will progress and become better in the process. Have fun while you are writing, but don’t be afraid to put in some hard work while in the phases that come after you complete your manuscript.