Editor’s Note: I am pleased to feature this interview with Tony Noland as part of the Expert Author Series.
Noland is quite the accomplished fiction author. He specializes in science fiction, contemporary fiction, fantasy and horror while dabbling in westerns, noir and other genres. His fiction is often funny because, as he says, “the most dangerous things in the world are the ones that look the most harmless.”
Noland’s latest book is Verbosity’s Vengeance: A Grammarian Adventure Novel, a superhero science fiction book that appeals to anyone’s inner nerd.
Matt Gartland: Pursing a writing career can be a hard road, especially for fiction authors. What marquee struggles have challenged your career, and how have you overcome them?
Tony Noland: I wouldn’t say that my struggles to balance writing with family obligations and a demanding day job are necessarily any more notable that those facing anyone else.
One of the biggest challenges is maintaining the fire in your belly when you’re in the middle of the long slog of rewriting. Starting a project is scary fun and finishing a project is exhilarating fun. The rewriting in the middle is all sweaty work and nothing but. That’s the point when the million other demands on your energy and attention will all conspire to make you think your time is better spent on something else, either a new project or new opportunity that pops up, or an old project left on a back burner.