I first began reading Daniel Schinhofen in March of 2017 about a month after Gamer for Life came out on Amazon. And, then I read Forming the Company (Alpha World Book 2).
I was impressed. Schinhofen writes well. You get drawn into the characters quickly and they never let you go. I’m not a book critic, and wouldn’t pretend to be one. But, of all the #LitRPG’s, Schinhoten books stand out as some of the best. I can only tell you what I like. And, Alpha World is a great series.
Check out the links at the bottom for Schinhofen’s works.
Twenty questions with Daniel Schinhofen.
If you could go back in time and tell your younger writing self any one thing, what would it be?
Follow my dreams earlier. I have been writing stuff on and off and never really finishing any of them. My grandmother, who passed last year, always encouraged us to follow our dreams. I didn’t really take the full plunge into writing until I found LITRPG.
How did you spend the first bit of money you earned as a published author?
Paid to get a cover for my first book. I had used the Amazon cover creator through KDP to begin with. Once I had money I paid a cover artist money to make me a cover for it. Which is the current cover still up on Last Horizon: Beta.
How many unfinished or unpublished books do you have?
There are a few that will never see the light of day, thank the gods for that. They are horrible and should never be seen. Books that I am currently working on two; Alpha World Book 3, Alpha Company & Apocalypse gates: Rapture. Both will hopefully be out by the end of this year.
What is your writing process? Or, how many hours a day do you write?
Most of my free time is spent writing. I don’t have a writing process though. I just sit down and write, and let the words flow. The writing takes up all the time I used to spend playing games and reading.
What was your favorite childhood book(s)? Why?
The Hobbit. No seriously, my mother read that to me at 6 years old. It was what made me start dreaming about writing a book.
On average, how long does it take you to write a book? (First draft, rewrites, edits to finally publishing).
From the start of a book to publishing? About 3 months, maybe 4, if I get a stall in the process anywhere. I am in awe of certain other authors who put a book out every month, those guys are just amazing.
We all get bad reviews sometimes when we publish. How do you deal with bad reviews?
Remind myself that people are dicks? Okay seriously, I still feel a small hit when I read them, if they have any merit. The ones that obviously didn’t take note of the blurb that said contains adult scenes I shrug those ones off. After that I go back to writing knowing that some people have enjoyed them, which is all I care about. Having 1 person enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it was my goal with my very first book, and still is today.
How would you describe your average reader? Or, do you even have a particular kind of person in mind when you write?
No idea, as the idea of an average person doesn’t exist to me. Everyone has their own quirks that make them them. I write for people like me. Those people who love games and love reading and want them combined. My old friends who I used to play MMO’s with, but who don’t any more due to life getting in the way. People like that are who I hope will enjoy my work.
What are your hardest scenes to write?
For me action scenes. Not my forte at all, even in books where a lot of action comes in I have a tendency to skim those scenes. Being told exactly how the MC twisted in mid-air before landing in a three-point stance to get the position needed to behead the mob he is fighting is hard for me. I like character moments more.
What is the best way you’ve found to market your books?
For me it has been word of mouth through Facebook. The multitude of pages dedicated to LITRPG has been my way. Which is good because I suck at selling myself. So props to those guys who have helped me get word out to fellow LITRPG fans.
What do you think are the challenges facing new writers?
New writers probably face the same challenges I did. Lack of experience, no editor, no money to spend on editing or a cover. I would also tell them if they think they are going to be successful to plan ahead. An LLC or similar is a good idea to help with the taxes incurred from writing.
What are some things you’ve had to sacrifice in order to write and publish?
I sacrificed my free-time, that was about it. I wrote my first work out of love, and it did okay. It did well enough for me to justify writing my second book. Which was not as good but that still gave me the courage to write my next series.
How often do you read for pleasure? How many books a year do you read? How fast do you read (words per minute)?
I used to read 2 books a week easy. Since I started writing maybe 1 book a month. Writing really does eat up most of my time. As for my speed, no idea.
Many indie authors live and die by KU (Kindle Unlimited) and the “normalized page read). What are your views on KU, Amazon and where do you think KU will head in the future?
Kindle unlimited has earned me the bulk of my money so far. Would I have been able to make up for it with book sales only? I don’t know but probably not to an equal extent. I would love to see KU overcome a lot of the scams and cheats that have been seen used there. I hope Amazon will devote more to it, but I doubt they will.
If it ever comes to be not as profitable I might drop KU and try to branch out to other services, but that is hopefully never going to happen.
Many writers find editing drafts as frustrating. How do you edit and what is your process?
Editing? Ugh why do you have to mention the ‘E’ word? I give it a going over once I’m done writing. I hand it to a good friend who is better at grammar then me and they go through it. I then go back through it again. After that, the beta readers get it, I have a lot more of them now woohoo. After I get their feedback I give it another go over then hope it is good enough and publish it.
I hope soon to get a paid editor to give it a once over as well. Hopefully in the not too distant future.
What software do you use to write?
Fans often have a preconceived notion of you. What is one thing your fans would be surprised to learn if they really knew you or spent the whole day by your side?
Heh, hehe, hehehe, mwhahahaha. Oh wait your serious? They would probably run far and fast. Okay fine I’ll be serious; I am a geek or nerd to my core. Want to quote Monty Python, or the princess Bride, maybe the Fifth Element. I can do that and love to do it. Probably a bit too much, they would probably also be dragged into the D&D game I run on Sundays.
What did it feel like to publish your first book?
Fear, nervousness, anxiety. That is what I felt, along with a little rush of excitement. I only wanted 1 person to love the book as much as I did. Which happened, so in hindsight I should have felt more excitement.
What are some of the difficulties of writing characters of the opposite sex?
As a female friend of mine has told me, women think differently. They process information and emotions differently. When I need a cold look at something, I hand it to her and then take her feedback.
If they turned your life into a movie, who would you want to play you? Why?
No thanks, pass. The only place that movie would be seen is in the adult sections anyway.
Okay I’ll think about it…. Ryan Reynolds, at least I know he can handle my humor.