Welcome to Y.Yang author of Sam the Sneaky
Q Who are your greatest support – who believes in you?
At the moment, just the usual suspects: family and friends. Let’s hope that changes.
Q. Where do you write from? e.g. Kitchen table? Study? Bedroom? Garden shed?
I write whenever an idea comes to me, so it could be anywhere, including the above mentioned; however, I edit and rewrite in my bedroom.
Q. Do you write at set times e.g. morning, afternoon, evening, very early morning?
I continually think about my projects, so I write whenever I come up with an idea as previously stated. As a result, I’ve written from dawn to dusk.
Q. What motivates you to write?
I enjoy it and hope to pass some enjoyment and lessons on to the next generation.
Q. What are the biggest distractions to your writing time?
I really don’t have any. If I’m not writing, I either don’t want to or I am being lazy.
Q. What part of the world do you live in?
Q. Are you from there originally?
No, but I may as well be. I grew up here and have lived here for a long time.
Q. Have you ever suffered from writers’ block?
Only all the time. OK, that’s an exaggeration, just 90 percent of the time.
Q. How do you overcome it?
I get online and search for ideas or talk with people.
Q. Have you taken any writers’ courses and have they been worthwhile?
Only if the english classes from high school count.
Q. Have you ever belonged to a writers’ group? And what value did you gain from it?
No, I haven’t.
Q. Is self-publishing satisfying enough for you or would you prefer to be traditionally published?
I would like to be traditionally published, but if that never happens, self-publishing is fine with me.
Q. Have you ever tried to find an agent?
I thought about it, but decided against it. If I’m good enough, then an agent will hear about me and I will have the upper hand in negotiating.
Besides, I’m not sure I could handle all those rejection letters. Wasn’t high school hard enough? Seriously, how many rejections can a guy be expected to take?
Q. What would you expect an agent could do for you that you can’t do for
An agent could probably put my work in front of an editor who would otherwise not even open my inquiry letter.
Q. Do you think you can make a full-time career being an Indie writer?
I would like to think so. I’ve really enjoyed writing this first book and can see myself turning it into a sequel and, yes, even a movie. I know, pie-in-the-sky, right? But that’s my favorite type of pie!
Q. How long have you been writing?
I wrote for my college newspaper many moons ago, but aside from that, I haven’t really done any serious writing except for school research papers and book reports in middle school.
Q. What drew you to want to write a book?
I got frustrated with my job, and since I had always been a decent writer, I decided to give this a shot.
Q. From where did you get the idea for this current story?
One day a friend and I went by the gym and he said we should go work out. I didn’t feel like it so I said I couldn’t because I forgot my steel-toed boots. (You see, it would hurt if I dropped a five…er…forty-five pound dumbbell on my foot). He replied by saying that I was full of excuses and should write a book and here we are!
Q. How did you go about developing it?
The book was intended to be called 1001 Excuses, but after coming up with only 50 (who knew making up excuses would be so difficult?), I gave that idea up. I took the excuses I had and lengthened them. After about 20 of those stories, I got tired and decided to just concentrate on just a few. This and that happened and out came Sam.
Q. What is your next project?
I’m working on a sequel. I’m hoping to make this book into a trilogy. We’ll see how that works out.
Thank You Y. Yang for taking time to answer these questions for our readers.
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