How did you know you wanted to be an author?: It's just something I've eased into over the years. When I was really young, like in grade school, I wrote these pretty long fictional stories that were a little out there but not half bad. When I read them today, I can't help but think that becoming an author was somehow in the cards for me. I'm still learning the craft, but I think each book I've released has gotten progressively better.
What is your advice for aspiring authors?: I would say take creative writing courses early on. And of course read lots of fiction. And then just start writing. And then get your writing critiqued and be prepared for both praise and criticism.
Do you have any writing rituals or practices?: I'm writing a sequel right now to my book "The Millionaire's Cross." My goal with that story is to write approximately 1,000 words a day because it's only going to be around 10,000 words total. Other than that, I don't have any writing rituals. It's fun to be totally immersed into the story for a few hours each day, and I like the feeling of looking forward to what will be written the following day.
What message do you want readers to remember?: I hope people who are interested in journalism and an informed society read "The Newspaperman," because I think it's a timely, relevant book. For better or worse, my passion for good journalism comes through in the novella. I tried to make it entertaining, a little scary, and inspiring. The ending is flat-out dark, so be prepared for that.
How can fans get in contact with you?: I'd love it if people would go on Facebook and join my fan page called "The Newspaperman - A Novella by Sal Nudo."