Charles Frankhauser is retired after experiencing life at sea as a young man serving aboard a surface ship and a submarine, followed by a long civilian career at a major university.
What inspires you to write?
I write to entertain readers and to share insights that stem from interactions with numerous persons over many years.
Tell us about your writing process
I outline the ideas that I want to express and then just plunge into writing a manuscript in order to shape the storyline as I go along. This process requires numerous re-writes to polish and smooth the material and often it results in changes to the outline. I keep the scope of the work in mind as I write. The ending is one of the first items to be finalized in my mind as I write.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
The work must be appropriate in relation to the scenes presented; the episodes must convey information that a YA audience of readers will not find offensive. Some older readers enjoy reading YA, so their reactions to the material must be just as appropriate as those of the target audience (YA).
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters. I try to identify with the main character and provide them with appropriate vocabulary, thoughts, sights and sounds, etc. as the work progresses on “paper.”
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-publish only on Amazon and Kindle. I price my books as low as is reasonable to provide a small royalty. All my Kindle works are priced at $0.99. I want people to read them for entertainment and knowledge (memoir “Miss Williams”).
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing is exciting because of new platforms (Amazon) and (Kindle including other e-book opportunities). I started writing when large NYC publishers would accept manuscripts directly from writers without literary agents. That process was an exciting and informative experience. I came close twice, but sorry–“no cigar” as the say. Working with book scouts, and literary agents is another exciting adventure. I recommend exploring that route if nothing more than to gain experience and to conduct correspondence with numerous literary agents. ( I used those experiences to write a novel entitled Slush Pile Inspector. The ms was great fun to write. I posted a few chapters on the HarperCollins site in the UK that helps aspiring writers by allowing other writers and readers to comment on the posted material. I recommend that approach highly.
What genres do you write:: humor, thriller, adventure, historical fiction, memoir
What formats are your books in: Both eBook and Print