Ask the Author

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If you have a question that you want answered in a future post then feel free to ask in the comments.

Want my opinion on a writing practice or something about Windemere?Β  Go right ahead and ask.

64 Responses to Ask the Author

  1. Good Format. I just finished GypsieS and don’t really have a question right now. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and am looking forward to the next. I’ll come back when I have a question.

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  2. L. Marie says:

    Do you see yourself writing a science fiction series someday?


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  4. Hi Charles, If you check out you’ll see that I’ve nominated you for a blog award! I hope you accept πŸ™‚

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  6. Marcus De Vaca says:

    Hey Charles~~You’re the best, man. I’ve got a Wattpad story I’m about ready to wrap up which currently has 100,000 reads. Seems it’s resonating with a lot of women in the romance genre. I’m a guy and write it under a female pen name. Will that present a problem if I shift over to KDP? (I plan on keeping the pseudonym). I already have a paper book available through Amazon’s Advantage program. Would I then need to set up a new account with Amazon? Lastly–(sorry). I am a USA citizen living permanently in Greece (but maintain an American bank account). Can I still call myself a USA Contributor?

    Thanx in advance, Obi Wan.

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    • I don’t know much about pen names, but I don’t believe that should be a problem. You’re bound to have some people that whine about you using a female name, but they’ll only be a vocal minority.

      I don’t know about about the Amazon Advantage program or the contributor status. You would have to contact them about the former. As for the latter, I don’t really know what the pro or con of that would be. I’d need to learn more about that.


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  11. Leonardo Gatica says:

    I don’t generally read any book series unless it’s complete. This is after waiting 5 years between books 4 and 5 of the Game of Throne novels. Basically, how many books are you planning for the Windemere series? it looks really good and has lots of positive reviews so I’m definitely interested but don’t want to start if you’ve got another 5 or so books to come!

    Thanks in advance πŸ˜€

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  12. Heather Cai says:

    Hi Charles,

    thank you for the likes on my blogs. It sounds you are an experienced author(I’m so glad to drop by). Now that you provide such a great platform. As a “Question Girl” as I am still, I’d love to ask a big question:

    How do you think of the market of paperback publishing and ebook like amazon?

    (Personally, I think too many rubbish on Amazon. So I am struggling to find an agent to publish my first English novel. And some of my writer friends don’t care. They just put whatever on Amazon, once they finish any works. I really don’t like that. I want to be serious. Really serious.)

    Thank you again!


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    • I’ll try to make a more thorough post to go up next month, but I can give you a basic thought on it. There is plenty of rubbish on Amazon, but there are many gems in there too. When you have an open, do-it-yourself platform then you’re going to have a wide variety of authors there. Some take the trade seriously while others are in it to make a quick buck. I would fall into the same category as your friends with putting my books on Amazon after I finish the writing, editing, and get a cover. This is after spending over a decade submitting to publishing companies and agents to be constantly rejected. Rarely got a reason and many times I was told it was because I didn’t come with a reputation.

      Keep in mind that many established authors are using the Amazon platform now. The landscape is changing and people are starting to take indie authors seriously. There will always be rubbish even in the paperback market. eBook just needs to reach the stage where it has more good than bad, which I think it’s been at for a while.

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      • Heather Cai says:

        Really appreciate it, Charles! I’ve contacted total 12 agents, 8 replies nicely yet rejected, 1 no reply and 3 are waiting for response. My aim is to get published on paperback then ebook. I guess I would stick to 3 years so. But you know things would change more quickly than the plan. So will see after 2018. I don’t think a decade is my fucking time… I’ve just followed you back. So I look forward to your new project. If I’m busy at something else. You can also notify me via a msg like this. πŸ™‚


      • I have the bigger post going up tomorrow, but I can only really speak from the indie side.

        I actually started trying to get published when I was 17 and submitted to 10-20 agents/publishers every 6 months. Getting 8 replies out of 12 even for rejections is impressive. I used to get nothing and that left me wondering what I should do. It’ll be interesting to see where things stand in 2018 too. I started with Amazon in 2013 and it already feels like the entire landscape changed.

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      • Heather Cai says:

        Your story has, somehow, encouraged me. I am moved and thank you! Sometime,I may ask about the details of how the entire landscapechanged. :0


      • I’ll do my best to answer. Honestly, I’m not really sure about it myself. The atmosphere definitely feels different. Good luck with your book.

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    • Or I’ll make a post tomorrow about it. Diving into a new project on Thursday, so I probably want to get this hot button topic done on a day that I’m not trying to minimize my blog time. πŸ™‚


  13. AMR says:

    I can not find your e-books on Apple iTunes, Barnes&Noble or even Kobo. Do you plan to sell epub versions?


    • I used to have my first book on the other sites, but they never sold even with marketing. I went KDP Select/Amazon exclusive since it was the only place I had activity. For now, I don’t know when I’ll try the other sites again.


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  16. edireland says:

    Hey Charles, got pulled into some type of weird traveling interview blog and had to list 5 other writer-bloggers so I felt as if your sarcastic wit would go perfectly. If you’d like to go for it, my blog starts it at
    Hope you enjoy it…


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  18. M. L. Kappa says:

    Hi! Cool blog! Marina


  19. Rachel says:

    Hi Charles,
    Is there an e-mail I could reach out to you with? I would like to ask you if you’re willing to write a guest post on a series I’m doing for my blog. If you would, you can give me your e-mail or e-mail me at Or, if you’re not interested in doing the post, you can just say so right here. Thanks. πŸ™‚


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  22. Chris Nelson says:

    When can we expect path of traitors to be released? I have really enjoyed reading this series and I just finished book 13 and I can’t wait until the next one comes. Thanks for writing a very enjoyable story.


    • Glad you’re enjoying the series. Path of Traitors should be released late August/early September. It’s a little tougher to edit this one because it’s a story that runs alongside the finale.


  23. Hi Charles.
    I wanted to let you know, that I now have a new website, and the old site will be deleted very soon. So that you don’t miss out, I have popped you onto the Follow Me subscription so that you can continue receiving notifications of my blog posts. Could I ask you to confirm the subscription by press the “Follow” button and please put your email in? Thank you so much. That is all you have to do.

    I look forward to being able to keep in touch with you on my new website.

    Thank you very much


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  25. Cameron says:

    Hi Charles! I want to say that these books look amazing and I will definitely be giving them a read. I’m working on a series of books myself, and I want to point out how beautiful your covers look. Who did your cover design? I’m in need of a cover designer and I would like to know.


    • Thanks. My covers were done by my wife’s cousin, Jason Pedersen. Unfortunately, he was doing this for me as a favor. His last cover was the last book of my series and he’s focusing on his tattoo work now. I’m using a local person for my next series.

      What kind of series are you writing?


  26. Bryan Fagan says:

    Thank you for following my blog. Sure appreciate it.


  27. Zach gusler says:

    Are there any plans for making the legend of windmere series into an audio book? I would love to listen to it myself as I enjoyed the books but don’t have much time for reading anymore.


  28. Leslie Reeder says:

    Is this website still going strong? If so, I need some advice. How did you began your stories? Did you use a notebook? I’m having trouble determining length of chapters.


    • The blog is still going, but strong might not be the best word. I began my stories with sparks of an idea and then I put built up on that. I’m a big planner, so I used notebooks to design characters, monsters, places, and plot points. That way, I could jump right into writing when I had enough time to do more than tinker. As far as chapter length, it depends on the flow of the story. I typically do 3-4 chapter sections, which puts the chapters at 11-20 pages. It depends entirely on how much writing I need to get the purpose of the section to lock into place. There’s really no set amount as far as I’m concerned, but you do have to make sure the chapter has a clear purpose and doesn’t get bogged down with unnecessary diversions. Hoping this helps a bit.


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