I’m pleased to start a new series on my blog that features other indie authors. It’s always cool to talk to other authors to get their perspective on the writing process and all other aspects of self-publishing. Today’s featured author is Damien Lutz, an Australian science fiction author that writes speculative fiction. I connected with Damien in one of the popular cyberpunk groups on Facebook, and it’s been cool getting to talk to him and get to know him and his work. Now, on to the interview!
Briefly introduce yourself and your writing.
Hi, I’m Damien Lutz, a writer and web designer living in Sydney, and author of the sci-fi psycho-thriller, Amanojaku. My stories are set in the near future, focusing on how characters deal with the rise of transhumanism (the merging technology with our bodies). In this technology-focused future, however, I like to throw in some metaphysical and environmental conflict, to remind us of where we came from—the earth, the stars, and mystery.
When did you get started writing and make the decision to publish your work?
I wrote on and off, undisciplined and unfocused, for 20 years. Yup, I was a bad boy. In 2013, however, I realised it was time to test the dream, to see if I really did love the process of writing, or just the idea of it all. Jump ahead to now, and I’ve published and illustrated my first novel and two short stories. Next two novels in progress.
What’s your favorite part about writing?
I’m a very imaginative and visual person, my mind constantly running a background program exploring ideas. Writing stories helps me navigate through those ideas and bring them back in some structured form to share.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on the next books in my Splintered Horizon series, and every now and then I write a short story that I add to an anthology that I’m building.
Where do you get your ideas for your work?
Could be anywhere, but usually from news stories, whether they’re stories about technology, or people doing weird things. The stories will spark an idea and I’ll explore it down a few tangents.
What’s the most rewarding part of being an author for you?
The millions of dollars I’ve made – haha. Just kidding. That would be nice, but really, it’s just an unexplainable satisfaction I get from creating a structure out of random ideas, and from developing a character until they start to evolve by themselves. Stories and characters start to take a life of their own, what happens next becomes a surprise, and I feel like a channel for them rather than the author.
Anything else you’d like to share?
I also illustrate scenes from my book, and create additional interactive online experiences, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the worlds I create. Readers can explore the vertical city of Brulle—the setting for my Splintered Horizon series—here: http://www.damienlutz.com.au/explore-brulle/
Social media links and link to buy the book:
Buy Amanojaku (ebook or print) from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Amanojaku-Brulle-Mosaic-Damien-Lutz-ebook/dp/B01GKMCE4Q/
Follow tech-related posts on my Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/damienlutzauthor/
Follow new artwork from my books on Pinterest: https://au.pinterest.com/damienlutz/sci-fi-artwork-by-damien-lutz/
Sign up to my reader group to get a free book and future discounts: http://www.damienlutz.com.au/subscribe/