Interview with Mike Sahno

Summary

Mike Sahno is a literary author who spent seven years on his most recent book, more concerned with its perfection than anything else. He wanted to write something worth reading, something that people would read for many years to come, as he says himself, “No book is ever really finished, it’s abandoned.”

Highlights

No book is ever really finished. It’s just abandoned. If you want to make a living at this, you have to publish. My books are my babies, and it’s always a hard decision to make.

 

Mike grew up writing songs and poetry, as a result his prose, word choice and sentences read more like music. Even if literary fiction is not your genre, every writer should read his work to improve their own prose.

I wished I’d worried less when I first started writing. Worry doesn’t help any, and it’s never solved a problem.

Part of my marketing is a lot of blog and article writing, which is very different than novel writing, but as an indie, it’s how I market my book.

Series writers often give away the first book free to get people into the story, but since I don’t write that, I use short stories and even collections of short stories.

"There are times when you can convert an adverb to an action verb, but you'll lose something. Sometimes meaning is more subtly conveyed with the connotation you can only get from an adverb."

I think the hard rule of ‘don’t use adverbs’ is ridiculous. It’s a part of speech. Think about it, how many words in the English language are adverbs, that you can’t use. You must be judicious, but it’s also an important part of language.