Charles Siefken (1992-present) is a recent graduate of high school. This is his first book of many to be published. He currently resides in rural central Iowa where he enjoys reading sci/fi books and playing video games among other things. He is currently enrolled in our local college for automotive technician as well as working part time at a local garage as a mechanic. We have found a publisher, MasterKoda Select Publishing! Christopher Paolini was his inspiration to become a writer.
Wendy Siefken (1966-Present) Currently working full time as a tier one tech at a local call center. Wendy lives on a farm with her family and enjoys reading, gardening and other activities with her family and friends.
This all started as a school project for her youngest son and business partner, Charles Siefken, which has grown into a desire to be published.
What inspires you to write?
Everything from a side character in a movie, game or story book to life in general. We have written with names of people we know, using some of their characteristics for our characters. It really all depends on how we see the character in our minds as to where we draw our ideas for them on.
Tell us about your writing process
our writing process is basically Charlie comes up with the ideas and we write them down. I work with him on the story line asking him, why the character does this, what is he fighting against or for. Where does the story take place.Things like that to help flesh out a story. I do the writing on the computer and work with the publisher and the editor to edit the story once its done. Most of the things we use to write with are pen and paper and computer when we are ready to type it up. We have a very good friend who draws up the characters based on our descriptions and seems to pluck the images out of our mind and draw it on paper. He too is an old fashioned type artist, he draws art on paper.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
It is different in that we have a responsibilty to write more then just a story, there needs to be a reason behind it. I find it frustrating to watch a movie or read a book and ask myself at the end of it, “What was the point?” We need to be able to relate to the kids and young adults. We were all there at one time or another. We just have to remember what it was like.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
We do both. We listen to our characters and how they would do this or wouldn’t do that and we also tell our characters that we think you would have a different outcome if you do this instead of that. We see the characters in our heads. Its like when we read a book a movie starts in our heads and we see them in 3D. The characters are as real to us as you and I are.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
We tried the route of finding an agent or contacting a big publishing house but didn’t have any luck finding anyone who would be willing to take a chance on us. Then one day a teacher from Charlie’s school who knew we were on this writing adventure sent home an article in a local paper about Amanda Hocking and how she self published and what companies she used. We were hesitant at first because the main focus of the article was about e-books. Charlie wanted a book he could hold in his hands and say, “I did this.” Thats when we found out that CreateSpace does paperback books. Thats when we decided to publish independently. A couple years later of us working and learning we found MasterKoda Select Publishing who is a small publishing house created by an Indie author who wanted to help great talented authors get their books out there and edited professionally. That is the one thing most of us lack. We just don’t or didn’t have the funds for a professional editor. Since then we have redone Kai’s Journey, book one. put out two short stories and are currently working on Kai’s Journey two in getting it ready to go live.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is self publishing and small publishing houses like MasterKoda Select Publishing. There will always be the big six and agents in demand. But I think for those who can’t get with the larger companie this is the way for us to go.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
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