Interview with Drew Cordell, author of Absolute Knowledge

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

Cyberpunk science fiction is fascinating because it is set in the near future, and it’s heavy on the speculative side. This means that what occurs within novels in the genre is a very real possibility for the future. Simply put, cyberpunk is high tech, low life. It’s an interesting sub-genre of the science fiction spectrum and is my favorite to read and write.

How often do you write?

I write every day. While I am on some strict deadlines with launch dates I’ve set for books available for pre-order, it’s important for me to practice my craft and work on my stories each and every day.

Do you aim to complete a set number of pages or words each day?

I always aim for at least 4,000 words a day, but I never want to force it if I’m struggling with writing that day. Sometimes, I find it’s best for me to switch to a different writing project for a while before going back to meet my daily goal in my main project.

Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?

My outlines for my books are very short–they usually fit on a single notecard. I have a very clear idea of where the plot is going to go, but I’m always open to letting my characters surprise me along the way between the major plot items I’ve set, and sometimes, those changes end up being for the best.

What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?

believe it or not, the hardest part about writing for me is summarizing my books in a couple short paragraphs. It seems easy to write a novel, but condensing it into a few lines that entice new readers is difficult, and is something I need to spend a lot of time tuning before I release a new book.

What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?

For me, worldbuilding comes naturally. I love building new worlds and creating characters to immerse them in. It’s thrilling to build entire worlds, cultures, histories, and make them as real and life-like as possible. It’s one of my favorite parts of writing and is something I love to spend a lot of time with.

Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

I try to read every day. I love science fiction and fantasy, and enjoy reading horror from time to time as well. My favorite authors are Neal Stephenson, Patrick Rothfuss, William Gibson, and Matthew Mather.

What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?

To me, the most important part of a book is the characters. Characters are everything, and while great worldbuilding is important, it doesn’t matter if your characters aren’t believable. I love spending time getting to know characters and everything about them as they are transformed by what’s going on around them in the story.

What is your take on the importance of a good cover and title?

Covers and titles are everything. It’s essential to have a good cover and title to captivate readers as it is the first gatekeeper that decides whether or not the potential reader is going to investigate your work further. While a good story is the most important thing, covers should never push away readers.

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