Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Hey there, I’m Addison Myers, but you can call me Addy! I’m an author who writes fantasy, sci-fi, and contemporary romance-based fiction, and I also fancy myself an artist who occasionally draws my characters and the places where they live, work, and play.
Currently, I’ve only written one book titled Me and My… Teacher?!, however I plan on publishing many more novels in the future.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest work is called Me and My… Teacher?! It’s a story about a Japanese high school student who gets trapped in a storage room with his beautiful young social studies teacher and, through a series of unlikely events, he winds up getting married to her!
I’m an avid reader and watcher of Japanese manga and anime respectively, and I wanted to write a story centered around the tropes commonly found in these works. One of the most famous clichés is the main character finding himself locked in the school’s storage room with a girl, which leads to awkward moments and, on occasion, some rather damaging rumors. Those circumstances weren’t dire enough for me, though, so I somehow wound up developing a rather outrageous plot for this novel!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’ve got a nasty habit of just writing several chapters of a book without planning anything out. I usually regret it, since it generally leads to a lot of tedious editing later on, but it sure was fun in the moment!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The funny thing is, I rarely read published books by other authors. Most of my reading occurs on fan fiction sites, blogs, forums, and other places like that. Honestly, I’ve found that some of the stories on these places are far more interesting than what few novels I’ve read, and a few are technical masterpieces as well.
What are you working on now?
The question is, what aren’t I working on? I’ve got so many stories with premises or even entire plots that I can’t keep track of them all! However, I’m thinking about doing a fantasy novel set in a magical world, and I might even make the main character a non-human just to mix things up! I’ve got a section on my website dedicated to voting on what my next work should be, so check it out if you’re interested!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
That’s what I’d like to know! I’m new to the publishing world, so I’ve got no idea what I should be doing to get my book out there! However, based on the research I’ve done, using social media, getting your own website, and making good use of promotion sites like AwesomeGang (thanks, guys!) is a good start!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t just learn how to write well on a technical level. Grammar, sentence structure, diverse synonym use, and the like are vital to a good book, but I’d argue that a compelling plot, interesting characters, proper worldbuilding, and well-structured relationship dynamics are all far more important. People don’t want an essay, they want something that will entertain them.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Work hard and trust God. The former bit of wisdom might not always pan out the same for everyone, but if you keep at it then you will make a better life for yourself. As for the latter, I’m a steadfast Christian, and I’ve never had a moment where trusting in the Lord didn’t ultimately benefit me in some way.
What are you reading now?
Random stories here and there. I’ve been getting hooked on sci-fi stories on Reddit as of late. Some of the posts over there are absolutely riveting, and they’ve taught me a lot and given me some really interesting ideas for my own work!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m going to work hard on my next book, and the one after that, and so on until I can make writing into a living. My ultimate goal is to get to the point where my books are bringing in enough passive income that I can turn my writing from a career into a hobby, which I feel would be much more enjoyable, and would allow me to publish more free content instead of having to charge for it.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I’m not sure exactly which books I’d bring, but you can bet they’d all be survival guides! I’ve got plenty of outdoors experience, but I’m no survivalist. I’d keel over within a week without some sort of outside help, so I’d bring books on how to find and collect water, how to identify edible plants, and how to build a proper shelter.