Today, I’m speaking with Cliff Ball, an indie author in Texas. Today we will be talking about Times of Tribulation, his latest book.
Good Morning. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me.
Good morning, Jerry.
As a writer, we have to put ourselves onto paper. Then it comes time to publish, and we find that our works encounter criticisms. How do you deal with those criticisms? Do you ever take it personally?
When I started, I took the criticisms personally and wondered why so many people could be so mean. For my first couple novels, I went back through them later and saw the problems and corrected them. Nowadays, I have beta readers who help me, so the problems are usually corrected before I publish. Although, if you’re on Amazon, you’re going to get critics no matter how well you’ve written your novels.
Your latest series focuses on the End Times. There is, of course, a lot of speculation and interpretation to be done when writing this kind of fiction. How do you research and map out your plot points for these stories?
I studied the Bible the best I could, plus read a couple of books explaining Revelation, from men like Jack Van Impe. Then, while I was in the middle of writing my series, my pastor began a weekly Sunday night series on Revelation for almost a whole year. When I began writing the last 3 novels in the Tribulation Period, the book he gave the congregation on his notes and study of Revelation helped me a lot.
When you get into a writer’s slump, do you have any proven method for getting back on track?
Sometimes I read, sometimes I play video games that have a massive, choices matter storyline to it, which, believe it or not, kind of helps me write by giving me ideas.
When did you publish your first novel?
I published my first novel in 2008. It was a time travel novel, Out of Time. I had always wanted to publish myself, since I had no desire to go through the gatekeepers and be told no.
You have written 14 novels in 7 years. Wow, that’s a lot! What have you learned about yourself in that time?
I’ve learned to be a better writer and which genres work for me.
Your early work revolved around the concept of time travel. If you could change one thing about your writing career — if you could re-do one decision you’ve made in terms of your writing or publishing — what would that be?
I made the mistake of releasing it before it was ready and I also used iUniverse to publish it, since I didn’t know about Createspace at the time, and Kindle was barely up and running. I’m not sure I ever sold enough to make up for that mistake. Since then, I’ve gone back through then novel and corrected all the mistakes I could find.
And finally, I like to pick one off-the-wall question to wrap up the interview. If you were a car, what make or model would you be and why?
I’ll go with my current car, a 2004 Chevy Cavalier, which I’ve owned for its entire lifetime so far. The car is very reliable all these years later, and I always try to be reliable. And when Chevy did make good cars, this particular model always seemed to be under the radar, and I tend to like being under the radar.
Thank you for taking the time to interview with me today.
Thank you for reading this interview. And for you readers out there that signed up for the give-away, I’m sure you are wondering who won the free copies of Cliff Ball’s newest novel, Times of Tribulation. The winner is:
- Nikki LaGrange
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