Interview with Ian Thomas Malone
Mainly philosophy and contemporary fiction with a metaphysical spin.
Tell us about your latest book.
Five College Dialogues and Five More College Dialogues have been re-released! Both are comedic resources for students that carry plenty of appeal for alumni.
What marketing methods are you using to promote your book?
I have a large social media following and run a few blogs. All of those links can be found on my main site, ianthomasmalone.com
What formats is the book available in?
Ebook and print.
Who are your favourite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut, William Faulkner, Oscar Wilde, George R.R. Martin, and Philip K. Dick.
Read. Perseverance is everything. Writing itself isn’t the hard part. It’s consistently showing up day in and day out that wears on you.
What's your favourite quote about writing/for writers?
This isn’t really about writing, but the “Do it, make your dreams come true,” Shia LaBeouf video is my go to for motivation.
What's the best thing about being a writer?
The pay! Just kidding. I like being able to build and create stories that people enjoy. I’ve been doing this for a few years now and I still get the same warm fuzzy feeling when someone tells me how much they’ve enjoyed my work.
Where can people find out more about you and your writing?
On my website, ianthomasmalone.com! There are tons of pop culture articles and other fun stuff that I like to fill my niche on the internet with.
Who is you favourite character in your book and why?
The main character in both, George Tecce, who also goes by The Chief. He offers plenty of advice to his students, but he’s far from a perfect person.
Why do you think readers are going to enjoy your book?
It’s different, especially The Dialogues books. The flow is fast and the format is very unique. A contemporary read unlike any other.
How long did it take you to write your book?
I tend to write my first drafts fairly quickly, but the editing process does take some time.
Who designed the cover?
Alyssa Savery. She did a wonderful job.
Writing in Socratic dialogue was certainly a unique experience. I loved it and felt that it helped improve my ability to write dialogue on a larger scale.
Where can a reader purchase your book?
Wherever books are sold!
Who inspires you?
Innovators. It doesn’t matter what field. Life’s too short to not be doing something different.
How do you research your books?
I read tons of philosophy. Being relatively fresh out of college helped as well.
What is your work in progress? Tell us about it.
The Princess and the Clown. It’s a satirical erotic novella. Quite different from The Dialogues.
What are your thoughts on self-publishing verses traditional publishing?
It’s all about the editing. A self-published author needs to work harder to get quality editing, but that’s the only factor I care about. I know lots of authors who put great care into their editing, who traditionally publish and self-publish and plenty who don’t.
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
It’s just always been something I’ve done, from a ridiculously early age. I love storytelling.
Does your family support you in your writing career? How?
My family is very supportive. Word of mouth promotion is huge.
What are you currently reading?
Light in August by William Faulkner. It’s for grad school.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
I’m in grad school so I don’t have much free time. I’m a huge baseball fan, so I’ve enjoyed watching the playoffs. I also play water polo and love just about anything associated with pools/water.