Our guest today is Victor Nieves, author of the sci-fi, Epitaph: Reveille.Victor lives in West Virginia. He enjoys writing, reading, and is a huge horror movie fan, zombies in particular. At the young age of twenty-one, he found a way to communicate his ideas and imagination with others through writing, which he plans on doing for the rest of his life.
Thank you for this interview Victor. Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
Epitaph: Reveille is a book set in a universe where humanity has finally taken its seat at the galactic table and joined a multi-species community called the United Galactic Coalition. However, when archeologists uncover an ancient crystal on the edge of settled space, the galaxy is invaded by a mysterious alien race and the denizens of the Milky Way soon find themselves in a brutal fight for survival. Among them, five men and women must scramble to discover what secrets this crystal could hold that would be worth the destruction of all life in the galaxy.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
Well, the first science fiction novel I had ever read was Halo: The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund. That novel was a catalyst for me in that it sparked an interest in the genre. I loved every aspect of it. Advanced technology; courageous characters leading armadas of warships in massive space battles against merciless and mysterious alien foes; saving the galaxy from a grave threat – I used to invent scenarios like that with my friends when we were young, and when I finally discovered that other authors could give me that same thrill through their words and their stories, I knew I’d found the genre meant for me!
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Definitely my penchant for procrastination. I had no issue in writing the book from start to finish; it was the hours and hours of editing that I sometimes would push off until the last minute. But, I was able to get over that, and I’ve learned loads about time management over the course of my last book!
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
I am self published.
Was it the right choice for you?
For my first series, I really do feel it was. In working with my editor, Lauren Carr, I’ve learned tremendously. She is such an incredible teacher and mentor, and my book and my writing has evolved from it. Had I done anything else, it would have robbed me of this experience, and my writing would definitely be missing something!
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Social media sites have been extremely helpful in getting word out. Those always work well. The outreach is great. I’ve also visited local booksellers, and I have a wonderful tour coordinator.
How is that going for you?
It’s going well! It can be very hectic for me at times, though, I’ll be honest. When I have multiple things all going on at the same time, I can get a little overwhelmed. And promotion and marketing is having a ton of things all happening simultaneously and more, but I think I’m able to manage it so well because of coffee. Beautiful, beautiful invention. They should rename it ‘writer’s water’. Nothing like a good ole’ cup of coffee to take the edge off!
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
I was invited to speak my 7th grade English teacher’s honor’s class and tell them a bit about writing, where it can lead, and how much of a positive outlet it can be for negative emotions. Afterward, I was told I had quite a few former teachers that would have loved me to stop in their rooms and say hello. So, with each teacher I visited, they asked me to tell their class a little about my book, and at the end of the day, I discovered I’d made quite a few sales!
Do you have another job besides writing?
I don’t, actually. This job takes up the majority of my time. It’s a wonderful job to have, though. I’m constantly outlining plots for new novels or series’ I plan to do in the future, and if I’m going to be able put transfer those ideas from screen to print, I’m going to need to devote all the time I possibly can to writing!
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Social media is your greatest ally! Reach out to other people in your network! Like, if you’re a scifi writer, find and follow scifi writers on Twitter, then retweet as many as their tweets as you can manage. Retweet groups are also must-follows. Bottom line – the more you retweet other’s tweets, the more they’ll retweet yours, which will get word out there about your book, and in no time, you’ll have amassed a pretty significant following of people who want to hear news on your book!
What’s next for you?
The second novel in the Epitaph trilogy is in the works. I plan to have it out by the first quarter of 2016!
Thank you for this interview, Victor. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
It was my pleasure! You can find me on Twitter @VictorrrNieves, and very soon, also on my author website, www.victornieves.net.
Epitaph is available at Amazon.