Indie Author Spotlight – Blake Thunderport

One of the most inspiring posts I see on my many author forums is when someone takes the time to share their story. Each Friday, I’m going to feature a different indie author to help inspire all of you!

What is your pen name?

Blake Thunderport

What genre do you write in? Why do you love it?

I’ve published my first book in the Fantasy genre. I love it because there are no limitations for your imagination.

How many books have you published?

One.

What inspired you to become a writer?

A couple of years ago I was diagnosed with Autism. During school times I was just “the weird kid” that got bullied, and I didn’t understand what was “wrong” with me. After graduation, I jumped from one job to the next and not a single thing could have brightened my day. I was in a deeply depressed state but instead of giving in to the system, I tried to go back in time and figure out what I liked doing before I had put on a default-persona. And I remembered. I’ve always loved making up stories in every context like backstories and personalities for video-game characters or how a movie could go on. After reading a few books in the YA-Genre I couldn’t pick a book I liked. Those stories weren’t for me and I set a goal to produce the kind of story that I would love to read. A story that includes everyone and that anybody could relate to in one way or the other. (Gender, race, sexuality, disability.)

What is your indie success story?

“Success is the friends we make along the way.” Sounds cheesy but is true. Without the constant support and critique from our tiny writing-coven there would be no book. It really brought us together, and I consider those people my closest friends. After publishing, I’ve connected with two young female readers who shared their opinions and guesses with me as well as which character they fell in love with. We remain friends to this day. Writing and publishing the book has created a circle of love around me, I’d say. They let me know, what I’m doing is worth it. They make me go on. That’s more than I had wished for. I can finally be myself!

What are your marketing and advertising strategies? What works for you? What doesn’t?

I’m a very shy person so I didn’t correctly prepare to advertise. My instagram-page, where I post memes and art related to my book is the sole advertisement tool I have. For now, I don’t mind the little exposure. I like to grow at my own pace. That’s what I love most about writing and self-publishing in general – I’m in total control of everything I do.

What is the best piece of self-publishing advice that you’ve ever received?

If you’re new to self-publishing and decide to publish via amazon, enlist in the amazon-exclusive deal (Kindle Select) to earn benefits from kindle unlimited readers. You will get more exposure and get paid per page.

Anything else fun or notable that you would like to share about yourself?

I’ve illustrated my own cover and the map inside the book. Drawing/Painting is one of my passions that I like to combine with writing. I’m planing on producing a book with either colouring-pages or illustrations in the future. For example, a drawing of an important scene in a chapter.

What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk thriller set in a german village that I lived in for over 10 years. After I’ve published Verra of Wolves in English, I wanted to find out why German didn’t work for me. I guess depending on the topic and tone, certain languages fit better than others. Russian poems are a good example for this.

Where can we find your work?

linktr.ee/blakethunderport

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