Greg Wagner lives with his wife Roberta and their three dogs Esme, Abby, and Jackie, on the side of Wagner Mountain (actually more like a really big, really steep hill) in Maysel, West Virginia.
In between plotting to take over the world and the search for spiritual enlightenment, Greg manages to find time to spin yarns of wonder and amazement. In whatever spare time is left over, Greg enjoys making glass beads (www.randgswv.com), reading, riding motorcycles, splitting firewood, and playing music.
A word from Greg:
I am now working on a new teen novel called "What Lies Beneath"
*UPDATE* The new story is done and I am finished the first rewrite. I expect to have it completed and ready for submission sometime in 2018.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more updates...
Smashwords Interview with Greg Wagner
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Christopher Moore. Tim Powers. Richard K. Morgan, Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, Dan Brown to name more than a few.
I like funny, I like magic and I like action.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife and she can be very persuasive when she wants to be.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write all the time.
No seriously, when I'm not writing I'm plotting to take over the world.
What is your writing process?
I normally start with a single idea and then I set it aside to sort of let my mind fill the spaces in. When I'm ready, I write it, then I rewrite, rewrite, and rewrite again, until I can't rewrite it anymore.
In case you haven't noticed, I am a firm believer that the magic is in the rewrite.
What do your fans mean to you?
What advice would you have for aspiring authors?
Write, write, write, the more you write the better you will get.
The majority of the population don't even read one book a year,
so don't expect anyone to understand or support what you do, just do it.
Describe your desk
It is an old wooden table that was once part of a tailor shop occupying the garage of a house that I owned in another life.
It sits in front of a window overlooking the mountain I live on.
I make it a point to be organized, I am not a fan of chaos.
What are you working on next?
A teen novel about magic coming alive in the subways beneath New York City.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover design is usually the first thing that I consider.
It has to catch the eye.
You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing professionally for many years, providing content for websites, and advertising copy.
I didn't start writing fiction seriously until a few years ago.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I had the luxury of growing up in south central Pennsylvania.
Relatively modern with just a touch of backwoods.
We were not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but it made it possible for me to not have to worry about where my next meal came from, as opposed to say, Africa or the Middle East, where survival occupies most of your waking thoughts..
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making the plot stand up and do tricks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote still has yet to be finished. The plot and subject matter are pretty delicate and it is currently stuck in the re-write stage.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever really paid attention to was The Hobbit.
It wasn't long after that, I realized that Fantasy was just the tip of the iceberg of fiction and that my imagination was the only limit.
Feel free to email me with any new questions.
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