“I hope they get immersed in my imagined world. I want them invested in my protagonist so they grip their books hard during the action.” —Andrew BathgateTweet
What is your name, where are you from and what are your hobbies?
Andrew Bathgate, born in Scotland live in California, writing is my hobby. I am Ethical hacker by trade and support my wife’s business as a realtor.
How did growing up as a writer looked like for you?
I wrote my first book as a preteen and it was universally panned. I did not have a very supportive family and kept all my future endeavors secret
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Varies. Some scenes are wonderful. Others are hard work. The third or fourth rewrites are the hardest.
Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Yes, I wanted to have a pseudonym for every genre… but in the end I stuck with my own name. I unpublished my first book because it was so different from my second. First published book was a murder mysterySecond was FantasyThird is a Romantic Comedy.
How did publishing your first book (If you have any) change your process of writing?
It was great practice. I made so many mistakes. It also gave me confidence.
What do you owe the real people upon whom you base your characters?
They owe me a deep apology.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I read them all. Loved them all. Nothing but good reviews so far. I will NOT cope with the inevitable one star review.
What inspires you to write?
How do you expect your book (If you have any) to connect with your readers?
I am looking for them to connect emotionally with the characters. I hope they get immersed in my imagined world. I want them invested in my protagonist so they grip their books hard during the action.
What was your hardest scene to write in one of your books (If you have any)?
There are some scenes which have to convey a lot of information, and I tried to avoid exposition. That can be tough.
Why should I purchase your book (If you have any)?
To escape, to philosophize and for the thrill.
Do you want each of the book you write (If you have any) to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
A body of work.
What do you believe are the common traps for aspiring writers?
You will doubt yourself… and you should, but never give up. You have to love criticism, because that’s how you learn. Don’t judge by sales. Promoting your book is a whole other skill and some luck is involved. Write because you love it. Sales are just icing on the cake.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t take so many breaks. Get feedback, get published earlier. You are better than a lot who sell well.