Renowned author Giano Cromley has written so many wonderful, spiritual and powerful stories and essays that have captivated a lot of readers around the USA. Originally he is from Billings, Montana now he lives in Chicago, Illinois. In this insightful interview, the author Giano Cromley gives insight into his background as a writer, the inspiration behind his books, and tells what's next. JBN: In one sentence, what is your book What We Build Upon the Ruins about? Giano Cromley: I t's a collection of stories that all deal with people's struggles to move on from their problems, to grow past their tragedies. JBN: What inspired you to write this book? Giano Cromley: Writing short stories has never been my primary preoccupation as a writer. Typically, I'll sit down to write a story in between larger projects like novels. Slowly, over several years, I've accumulated enough stories to turn into an entire collection. So I don't think any one thing in particular inspired me to write this book, just patience and perseverance. JBN: What was the time frame for writing this book? Giano Cromley: The oldest story in this collection, I wrote the first draft of back in 1997. So I've been working on this collection -- off and on -- for nearly twenty years. JBN: What Biggest learning experience with What We Build Upon the Ruins? Giano Cromley: My editor was fairly insistent that I not include one particular story in this collection. It's a story I'm quite proud of, but he did not believe that it fit with the overall themes and ideas represented in the collection. At the time, I was somewhat miffed by the advice, but in retrospect, now, I can see that the story in question would have been a disruption to the collection's overall cohesion. It was the right decision, even though I didn't think so at the time. JBN: Where do you write from? Giano Cromley: I write almost everything longhand first. I work from home, and I sit at a desk that's very small, with no room for a computer so I limit my access to online distractions. Once I've gotten the first draft written out, I'll type it into my computer and go electronically from there. JBN: What kind of writing, if any, were you doing before the books? Giano Cromley: I've always been writing. And I've always been writing fiction, from as early as I can remember. Back then, I wrote simply because I liked to tell stories. And my audience was myself. If I found the story interesting, I figured it must be pretty good. JBN: In your blog My First Devastating Writing Workshop ( h t t p : / / d a v i d a b r a m s b o o k s . b l o g s p o t . c o m / 2 0 1 7 / 1 2 / m y - f i r s t - t i m e - g i a n o - cromley.html?m=1 )you talk about the most painful your writing experience. Tell me about a proud experience you’ve had with your story and readers? Giano Cromley: The proudest experiences I've had as a writer have come when someone I don't know reaches out to tell me they enjoyed my book. Friends and family giving compliments is great, but there's something truly special about a compliment that comes from someone who has not obligation to be nice to you. If you ever read a book and you really enjoyed it, reach out to that author somehow -- either through email or Twitter -- and let them know. I guarantee you will make their day, and maybe their week. JBN: What has been the biggest surprise or learning experience you’ve seen through the process of seeing your books get published? Giano Cromley: Probably the biggest surprise I received was that publishing a book is almost as much work as writing it. I always figured once a book got accepted for publication, I could just sit back and enjoy the process. But that's not the case. It takes a lot of work and collaboration to edit, design, and promote a book. Even when you're working with a good team of people, the author really does have to do a lot of "non-writing" work, which is something that takes a while to learn. I knew nothing about this when my first book came out, but I learned a lot and it's been much easier this time around with my second book. JBN: Looking back, what did you do write that helped you break in? Giano Cromley: I wrote a lot of short stories that never got accepted anywhere. But I learned a lot from those failed experiments. My first piece I ever got accepted for publication was a nonfiction essay about professional line-sitters in Washington, DC. It was called "A Day in the Life of Democracy," and I'm still quite proud of it. I believe that essay opened a lot of doors for me as a writer. JBN: Do you feel support from people who is around you? Giano Cromley: Absolutely. I feel a ton of support from those around me, particularly my wife. She's the one who sees the dark moods and the despair. It's not a pretty sight. I don't think anyone could do this without one hundred percent support from the people around them. JBN: What was the book that most influenced your life — and why? What books are on your nightstand? Giano Cromley: That is an incredibly difficult question, since so many books have influenced me. If pressed, however, I'd have to say it was Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. I read that book at a time in my life when my exposure to most books was limited to assignments for school. And suddenly, here was a book that was interesting and talked about characters I cared about. It spoke to me in a way nothing before it had. And it made me realize that it was possible to write the kind of books I wanted to read. JBN: What’s next? Giano Cromley: Right now, I'm working on a sequel to the my first novel, The Last Good Halloween. This new book is titled The Prince of Infinite Space. I'm fixing up some edits from my publisher right now, so I hope to have it released perhaps by the end of the year. JBN: Give please your readers three "Good to Know" facts about you. Giano Cromley: 1. I'm left-handed. 2. I've written four novels that were never published. 3. I get a lot of inspiration for stories from reading online product reviews. Website: http://www.gianocromley.com/
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Giano Cromley: The proudest experiences I've had as a writer have come when someone I don't know reaches out to tell me they enjoyed my book
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Renowned author Giano Cromley has written so many wonderful, spiritual and powerful stories and essays that have captivated a lot of readers around the USA. Originally he is from Billings, Montana now he lives in Chicago, Illinois. In this insightful interview, the author Giano Cromley gives insight into his background as a writer, the inspiration behind his books, and tells what's next. JBN: In one sentence, what is your book What We Build Upon the Ruins about? Giano Cromley: I t's a collection of stories that all deal with people's struggles to move on from their problems, to grow past their tragedies. JBN: What inspired you to write this book? Giano Cromley: Writing short stories has never been my primary preoccupation as a writer. Typically, I'll sit down to write a story in between larger projects like novels. Slowly, over several years, I've accumulated enough stories to turn into an entire collection. So I don't think any one thing in particular inspired me to write this book, just patience and perseverance. JBN: What was the time frame for writing this book? Giano Cromley: The oldest story in this collection, I wrote the first draft of back in 1997. So I've been working on this collection -- off and on -- for nearly twenty years. JBN: What Biggest learning experience with What We Build Upon the Ruins? Giano Cromley: My editor was fairly insistent that I not include one particular story in this collection. It's a story I'm quite proud of, but he did not believe that it fit with the overall themes and ideas represented in the collection. At the time, I was somewhat miffed by the advice, but in retrospect, now, I can see that the story in question would have been a disruption to the collection's overall cohesion. It was the right decision, even though I didn't think so at the time. JBN: Where do you write from? Giano Cromley: I write almost everything longhand first. I work from home, and I sit at a desk that's very small, with no room for a computer so I limit my access to online distractions. Once I've gotten the first draft written out, I'll type it into my computer and go electronically from there. JBN: What kind of writing, if any, were you doing before the books? Giano Cromley: I've always been writing. And I've always been writing fiction, from as early as I can remember. Back then, I wrote simply because I liked to tell stories. And my audience was myself. If I found the story interesting, I figured it must be pretty good. JBN: In your blog My First Devastating Writing Workshop ( h t t p : / / d a v i d a b r a m s b o o k s . b l o g s p o t . c o m / 2 0 1 7 / 1 2 / m y - f i r s t - time-giano-cromley.html?m=1 )you talk about the most painful your writing experience. Tell me about a proud experience you’ve had with your story and readers? Giano Cromley: The proudest experiences I've had as a writer have come when someone I don't know reaches out to tell me they enjoyed my book. Friends and family giving compliments is great, but there's something truly special about a compliment that comes from someone who has not obligation to be nice to you. If you ever read a book and you really enjoyed it, reach out to that author somehow -- either through email or Twitter -- and let them know. I guarantee you will make their day, and maybe their week. JBN: What has been the b i g g e s t surprise or l e a r n i n g e x p e r i e n c e you’ve seen through the process of seeing your books get published? Giano Cromley: Probably the biggest surprise I received was that publishing a book is almost as much work as writing it. I always figured once a book got accepted for publication, I could just sit back and enjoy the process. But that's not the case. It takes a lot of work and collaboration to edit, design, and promote a book. Even when you're working with a good team of people, the author really does have to do a lot of "non-writing" work, which is something that takes a while to learn. I knew nothing about this when my first book came out, but I learned a lot and it's been much easier this time around with my second book. JBN: Looking back, what did you do write that helped you break in? Giano Cromley: I wrote a lot of short stories that never got accepted anywhere. But I learned a lot from those failed experiments. My first piece I ever got accepted for publication was a nonfiction essay about professional line-sitters in Washington, DC. It was called "A Day in the Life of Democracy," and I'm still quite proud of it. I believe that essay opened a lot of doors for me as a writer. JBN: Do you feel support from people who is around you? Giano Cromley: Absolutely. I feel a ton of support from those around me, particularly my wife. She's the one who sees the dark moods and the despair. It's not a pretty sight. I don't think anyone could do this without one hundred percent support from the people around them. JBN: What was the book that most influenced your life and why? What books are on your nightstand? Giano Cromley: That is an incredibly difficult question, since so many books have influenced me. If pressed, however, I'd have to say it was Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises. I read that book at a time in my life when my exposure to most books was limited to assignments for school. And suddenly, here was a book that was interesting and talked about characters I cared about. It spoke to me in a way nothing before it had. And it made me realize that it was possible to write the kind of books I wanted to read. JBN: What’s next? Giano Cromley: Right now, I'm working on a sequel to the my first novel, The Last Good Halloween. This new book is titled The Prince of Infinite Space. I'm fixing up some edits from my publisher right now, so I hope to have it released perhaps by the end of the year. JBN: Give please your readers three "Good to Know" facts about you. Giano Cromley: 1. I'm left-handed. 2. I've written four novels that were never published. 3. I get a lot of inspiration for stories from reading online product reviews. Website: http://www.gianocromley.com/
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