Author Interview War Town



How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I’ve been writing down stories since I knew how to write and it’s just kind of snowballed from there. The first time I ever wrote and completed a novel-length piece of writing I was 14, nearing the end to my first year of high school. I wrote two more novel-length manuscripts over the next two years until I finally released a novel, Parabellum, in March of 2013. Since then, I’ve written over nearly twenty more novels and novellas, independently releasing almost all of them. Writing has been a part of my life ever since I first learned to do it, and I look forward to a long future with it.

What was the most challenging part about writing War Town?

The most challenging thing about War Town was probably working with the first-person narrative through the story. I wanted it to come through a narrow scope like that, so I didn’t want third person, but I also didn’t want to lose the opportunity to examine the psychology of the other characters. It was tough finding a balance between the first person narrator and the examination of external characters, but I think it came out very well balanced on that end.

What do you enjoy the most about being an author?

The writing, definitely. More specifically, the actual manuscript writing. A close second would be writing the outlines for all my novels. Writing an outline is just like playing the novel in fast forward for me, they end up being 20k – 30k words by themselves. Outlines allow for my mind to rush, like it wants to, without getting slowed down by style or artistic lens, it’s just the bare bones story, and there’s always been something enjoyably simple about writing things like that. Still, the actual novel writing, as slow, stylistic, and specific as it is, will always be my most favorite part about being an author.

Is this book part of a series?

As of right now, no. I had some thoughts about a novella-length epilogue sequel looking into the individual and societal aftermath of the events of the novel, but so far that project is on the back-burner indefinitely. If War Town explodes some day and sells a million copies, you’ll probably see the sequel come out. But until then, I’ve got other new books already in pre-production.

Do you have any works in progress? 

Yes. I’m very close to finishing the outlining portion of my newest novel, a thriller that blends the real world with aspects of sci-fi/fantasy. The story revolves around a man who suddenly rises to the position and power of God, and has to deal with the stress of the responsibility as well as the fear that one screw up could destroy the whole universe. All the while, some shady government figures have their eye on the new God, waiting to see if he’s their friend, or their foe. 

About the Book

WarTowncover finalTitle: War Town

Author: Mitch Goth

Genre: New Adult Thriller

For Olly Rourke, War Town’s opening day is a joyous occasion. He is one of a thousand people selected to be the first players in the world’s largest paintball arena. But as he soon finds out, the game he enters into is far more sinister. Two equal teams, locked in the massive arena together, and presented with an armory of real ammunition and a time bomb powerful enough to kill them all. The only way out is to eliminate the other team, by any means necessary.

Author Bio

Mitch Goth currently resides in Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he attends Antioch College. When not writing, he spends his time investigating the paranormal and indulging in a good book or movie.


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