IR Approved Author Vincent Hunanyan on his advice to fellow indies: “Persevere”

I Wasn’t Crying Over You received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author Vincent Hunanyan.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

The title is I Wasn’t Crying Over You and it was published on the 21 of September 2017.

What’s the book’s first line? 

“I was seven, which meant that my father had been gone for seven years.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

The book consists of short stories derived from my own life, growing up in St. Petersburg, with two older brothers and a single-mom, and my transition from childhood to adulthood in an environment of alcoholism, violence, loss and war.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

After publishing, Black Book of Poems, I was overwhelmed by the positive reaction from readers, with many praising the two short stories at the end of the book, so I decided to finally write a book of short stories. The initial idea was to publish a short story collection first, and not a poetry collection, but at the time, poetry felt more intimate, so I put the stories on hold.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

Because it might tell you something you didn’t know about yourself.

If they made your book into a movie, who would you like to see play the main character(s)?

A young Tye Sheridan would make a perfect protagonist.

When did you first decide to become an author?

During my first year at UCLA I asked myself what I (and not my mother) wanted to to for the rest of my life and realized that nothing brought me more joy than the creation of art, most notably, writing. So i changed my major from philosophy (which was to lead to law-school) to English, with a creative writing concentration.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

This is the second book. The first book is Black Book of Poems. 

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

Trying to get people to buy my books 🙂

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

At least an hour a day.

What’s the best and the hardest part of being an indie?   

The best part is the creative freedom and being in charge of your work. The hardest part is selling books on your own.

What’s a great piece of advice that you can share with fellow indie authors?


Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?  

If the publisher can bring the reader more value and help spread the books, sure.

Is there something in particular that motivates you?

Becoming the greatest writer of my generation.

Which writers, living or dead, do you most admire?

Saroyan, Hemingway and Chekhov.

Which book do you wish you could have written?

My masterpiece is yet to come 😉

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