Today I’m interviewing August L. Buehrer for Rainfall’s tour!! Rainfall is the third book in the Dronefall series (there will be a total of six). It’s a sic fic series with a christian theme and BTW all three books are going for 99 cents via amazon. ( I have read the first book and reviewed it on Goodreads. So if you want to see what I think of it, check that out here ~ https://goodreads.com/review/show/3175787926?_book_show_action=false 😉 )
And here’s the link to the first book on amazon if you want to check that out!! 🙂 ~ https://www.amazon.com/Dronefall-L-Buehrer-ebook/dp/B07GXXXRJ3/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=dronefall+al&qid=1580925191&sr=8-1
The font is super cool in my opinion …
Anyways …. let’s get on with the interview! 😉 As usual when I speak it’s in bold, when the interviewee speaks it’s in italics.
Question 1 ~ When did you start writing seriously?
I think you could say it was when I was thirteen—if you define “writing seriously” rather loosely as with intent to finish and possibly publish. I don’t remember thinking or articulating “I want to be an author” at any point. It just sort of happened. The fun of creating larger works pulled me in and I haven’t stopped since.
Question 2 ~ Are you often plagued with ideas for new stories? If so, how do you deal with them?
I’m bombarded with new ideas all the time. How do you stop it? I can’t figure out how to make it stop. I tend to jot them down in my notebook if they hang around long enough. A way to deal with them would be to ask myself if they really need a whole novel or if they might be just as good or better as a short story or even a story-poem. They could always be adapted to full novels later, should I decide they really should go that way. That way there wouldn’t be this “novels to write in the next ten years” list growing in my brain. Not everything has to be a trilogy or a series, either. Haha! I give myself some very good advice, but I very seldom follow it.
Question 3 ~ What is your opinion of Social Media when it comes to writing time?
I’ve actually avoided social media for most of my life. I didn’t do much online until after I graduated
high-school. (And in retrospect, I am so glad I wasn’t on it as a teenager. I might have said dumb things.) Even now, I’m only really active on Pinterest and Goodreads. Both of those platforms have actually done a lot of good for my writing as well as my networking, but they can be distracting when it gets down to writing. I like to set timers for myself and make sure I actually write when I sit down to my laptop. Once I get into the story, particularly if things are going well, I tend to lose interest in distractions and keep on task for a while.
Question 4 ~ What do you think of the Indie and Traditional Publishing Communities? Which do you prefer?
I’ve been indie from the start and will likely stay that way. This is partially because of my
genre/faith/style. I know what gets published by traditional houses. I know what gets published by
Christian presses too, and I doubt that there’s a place for me there. Traditional publishing is very trend-driven. They have to be.
I like indie because I actually enjoy doing most of the work myself. I appreciate the autonomy and
control it gives me over my work. But it does have its pitfalls. Promotion is very difficult, and you feel
completely alone, some days. You can’t go into it expecting a lot of validation and large profits, but at
the end of the day, that isn’t what’s important to me.
Question 5 ~ Do you use outlines or a scheduled writing time? Why or why not?
I’m somewhat allergic to things like that. Sure, I outline as much as I can handle it. I couldn’t keep a
unified storyline over the course of six books without it. I’ve learned a lot about the mechanics of plot
while writing the first three books. I think readers might be able to feel the jump between books one
and two and book three, when I suddenly grasped some concepts that really clarified plot-writing for
But I really can’t keep a schedule. It’s not something I would tell a potential employer, but I’m actually
quite uncomfortable with routine. I can’t stand the thought of doing the same thing every day. So, I
really write in energy-spikes, and that seems oddly efficient in keeping my output regular.
Question 6 ~ Do you write well under pressure or do you prefer to be free?
That depends on whether the pressure is self-inflicted or from me having to work with someone else’s
time-frame. I’ve participated in National Novel Writing Month and found that I do very well having to
turn out a large word-count in that amount of time, but then, that’s basically a self-imposed deadline.
Generally speaking, I like to be able to work when I want to work, without a crunch.
Question 7 ~ What inspired Dronefall?
There’s a lot behind the Droenfall story. I was in college when I got the idea. I was experiencing, among other things, the outright dismissal the culture shows toward Christian beliefs, and the force with which subtly anti-Christian agenda is being pushed on unsuspecting moderates. I had also developed an interest in dystopian fiction alongside my lifelong interest in sci-fi, and I was considering writing my own. I’d read some other Christian dystopias, and I thought, what if we took exactly what’s right in front of us now, and magnified it to an even more pervasive issue and built a dystopia off that?
From there I just had fun running away with the technology (which I try to approach in a similar way—just age–progressing from what already exists.) The result, I hope, is a realistic believable dystopia that speaks to what Christians are facing today, in the post-Christian West.
Question 8 ~ Are you a coffee/chocolate fan?
A lot of authors seem to subsist almost entirely on coffee and chocolate. Ironically, I have a slight
intolerance for both, medically. But this isn’t too great a tragedy, for me, because…well, I still consume
small quantities of them on occasion and wonder what the fuss is about. I mean, why can’t coffee taste the way it smells? Is that too much to ask? And chocolate. I don’t know. Just a little over-hyped, I guess. I’m a tea-drinker, though. It’s rather serious. I like Earl Grey more than I like most people.
Question 9 ~ Do your religious beliefs play a part in your writing? Why or why not?
I’ve been Christian all my life, so it’s gotten deep into the way I go about things in my creative life. The
Dronefall series is the first work I’ve actually written as explicitly Christian fiction, but I try to let my faith influence all my writing. I see writing and art in general as I way to connect with God, and an
opportunity to let him speak through your work to people who need to hear him. I’m very quiet in person, so I’m not the type that’s going to give anyone an earful on the height and depth and breadth of what I believe, even if they were to ask. That’s not my gift or my call. Instead, I try to use my writing to explore the things I understand and the things I don’t understand and let God help
me make it into a story that people will want to read. I think that could be helpful for people who want to look at things from a fresh angle and not just hear the same words over again. That’s what I’m trying to do with the Dronefall series.
Question 10 ~ Why do you write?
Well, looks like I partially covered this in the last question. One reason is that I’m never happier than
when I’m creating something. I really enjoy all kinds of art, and I think the desire to create things is part of God’s character that shows in humans. Art gives me the freedom and the courage to express things that I might not be able to express in any other way.
I also like to approach writing as a ministry. It can be hard for Christians who don’t have much in the way of people skills to find an effective way to serve the world and spread the Gospel. But don’t ever
underestimate the power of art to do just that. Fiction in particular has the awesome ability to take
people on an imaginative journey, bringing them alongside characters the care about and can identify
with, and showing them that challenges can be overcome—and all in a fresh perspective and from a
unique angle. I think that’s really important.
So, I guess you could say, I write for my own pleasure, but also in hopes that what I create can help
someone else, and point them to God.
Question 11 ~ Do you consider writing a hobby or a serious commitment? How much time per week do you dedicate to writing?
In spite of all the deep stuff I’ve been saying, I really never want to stop thinking of my writing as
something fun. Fiction writing is really weird, when you think about it. It’s border-lying crazy that there are these people in the world called authors who spend ridiculous amounts of time building highly complex, nuanced scenarios involving oddly specific theoretical persons and then take the time to write hundreds of thousands of words describing the pictures in their minds. What even is that?
Still, I do try to be committed. I have over a million words in finished novel manuscripts at this point. I try to finish every novel I start. So far, there are twelve. It’s not something I see myself ever quitting, and if I’m honest, it’s considerably more important to me than my “real” job.
But how much time per week? That’s really hard to say. I don’t log it. I should. Some weeks are
considerably more productive than others, depending on where I am in the writing/editing/publishing process.
Everything you’ve mentioned is so relatable!! And I appreciate your drive for the Lord!! I wish I could have enjoyed Dronefall more than I did. 😦 Thanks for stopping by August!!
Author Bio & Picture ~
A. L. Buehrer is a speculative fiction author on a mission to bring courage, wonder and hope to
the Christian audience. She revels in creating twisty plots, set in atmospheric worlds, populated
by vivid characters, and pointing readers to the eternal beauty of Jesus Christ. Other interests
include nerdy stuff, Earl Grey tea, and giving weird nicknames to cats.
She blogs at: https://stardriftnights.blogspot.com/
Her website: http://www.albuehrernovels.com/
That’s all I have for you today friends!!
P.S. Did you check out that deal on the Dronefall series?! The first three books are up for 99 cents!! Go grab some copies!!