Author Interview: CP Bialois
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About CP Bialois
CP Bialois’ love of words began as a small child when his father bought a stack of comics to teach him the reading skills he wasn’t mastering in class. Before long, he was reading at an advanced level and teachers were shaking their heads over the unconventional method.
Growing up in the ‘80s, Bialois was exposed to even further inspiration through the popular cartoons of the day. Transformers, in particular, sparked his imagination and led to him putting his first stories on paper. After a decades-long break, Bialois began getting back into the world of writing by joining some role-playing groups. These groups taught him about fleshing out characters and building worlds that stuck with him as he began writing short stories for fun.
To his surprise, Bialois would end up completing his first full-length novel, Call of Poseidon, in 2007. Armed with a finished product, Bialois began working on another book, The Sword and the Flame, which became his most popular series. In time, he also began writing in the Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction, and Horror genres.
When he’s not busy writing, Bialois enjoys watching hockey and football and listening to Metallica and Iced Earth. He currently lives with his wife—a fellow writer—and their fur children. Bialois is also active in several South Florida writing groups, as well as the online writer community, the Florida Writers Association, and is the current Municipal Liaison for the Broward County NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
Where and when did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?
I always liked telling stories and writing, and one day I was talking with a co-worker and he mentioned I should write some of my ideas down. I did, and he loved reading them, as did his co-workers at his other job. From there, I started writing more and more, and here I am.
Who is your favourite author, and can you give us their best quote (in your opinion)?
Hands down, it’s Stephen King. To me, he is the master. Lol. My favourite quote (I swear by this one) would be:
“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
How long did it take you to write your first novel?
About nine months. I wrote the majority of Call of Poseidon in a couple of months, but I didn’t finish it until I rewrote it and that took the longest.
Do you plan out your novels or just start writing?
I do a little of both. I usually know how the story will begin, what the climax will be, and how it’ll end. I let my characters tell their story and fill in the gaps.
Description or dialogue?
Dialogue. It’s definitely easier for me as I usually nail it the first try. I like description, but I rarely get it right the first half dozen attempts.
Have you ever read your book reviews/comments, and if yes, what did you think of them?
I enjoy them. It’s great to see when someone understands or loves what I’m saying. If someone doesn’t like it, I look for any constructive criticism they may offer that I can apply to my next story.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
Nope. To me, writer’s block is having no ideas. There’s always another story brewing somewhere. We just have to accept it and move on until an idea breaks free in our original story.
What has been the most difficult challenge you’ve had to face as a writer?
Visibility. With the advent of self-publishing and indie publishing, it’s harder than ever to be seen. It’s something we have to work at regularly, and I’ve found building relationships is the best way to grow.
What is the best (writing-related) purchase you’ve ever made as a writer?
This is a tie. Number one is Stephen King’s On Writing. His blunt honesty is something that’s missing from just about every other how to write/make money book, and I honestly consider it the writing bible.
Which software or platform do you use to write your books?
Microsoft Word. I’ve tried Scrivener, but for me, it’s no different than using multiple documents. Wattpad is something I hope to use more extensively in the future.
What does literary success mean to you?
I’d love to make enough to live comfortably, but my main goal is to provide escapism. If I can help someone forget their troubles for a few hours, I’m successful.
What’s your favourite self-editing technique?
Beat my head against the computer? Seriously, I’m highly analytical, so I dissect every sentence to ensure it’s as close to what I intend as possible. I take it personally if my editor has to make a lot of corrections. Lol.
Are you working on a novel right now? If yes, can you tell us a little about it?
Yes, at the moment I’m working on the sequel to my newest release (released April 13th 2018), The Slasher Experience. It's an homage to the Slasher Horror genre from the 1980s set in current day.
Which book are you most excited to read next?
The Liar’s Promise, by Mark Tilbury. He’s an awesome Thriller author.
What is your best piece of advice for aspiring writers?
Stay true to yourself and your vision. We’re inundated with thousands of opinions on how to write, what to write, etc., and it’s important to understand that all of those are just opinions. Look at it like you’re sifting for gold: when you find a nugget that works for you, keep it and leave the rest. It’s not popular, but writing is an art form, not a one-size-fits-all endeavour.
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