Interview with Jesse CRAIGNOU

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success in offering a platform for publishing and selling my books... via different distribution channels...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Playing with words and ideas... as much as sharing and exchanging...
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything ! They are our mirror...
What are you working on next?
A Science-Fiction book: Umma Dawn - The Confidential Files...
Who are your favorite authors?
Christian Bobin, Geoffrey Chaucer, Michael Crichton, Roald Dahl, Celia Fremlin, Sylvie Germain, Joanne Harris, Martin Millar, Nathalie Sarraute, Tom Sharpe, Peter Ustinov... to name but a few...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
People, nature, life, poetry, songs, communication, the surreal side of everyday life... everything and anything can inspire me...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading ! or writing...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
In many ways... browsing the web, recommandations, related subjects and material or sites...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes ! It was about my grand parents...
What is your writing process?
I don't have one... I tend to write spontaneously and easily... Ideas just comme to me in a flood... incessantly... and I just sit and write them...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was 'A History Of Time'... first story and first book...
How do you approach cover design?
Artistically... and from a high communicative point of view...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Sylvie GERMAIN's Book Of Nights
Sylvie GERMAIN's Echoes Of Silence
Kazuo ISHIGURO's The Remains Of The Day
Yasunari KAWABATA's The Adolescent
Nathalie SARRAUTE's The Golden Fruits
Tom SHARPE's Wilt,
...
Because of the play on words and with words... the game of situations...
What do you read for pleasure?
Challenging literature and poetry...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and a phablet...
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords and ITunes... word of mouth...
Describe your desk
Overloaded and messy !
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
France, Iran & UK...
Each and all influenced me with their amazing cultures and arts... the cross cultural issues and exotica...
When did you first start writing?
Before I could read !
What's the story behind your latest book?
The origins of man and his connection to religion...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing, playing with words and situations and exchanging...
What would you like most as an author and writer ?
Exchange, write and read more
Published 2014-01-12.
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Books by This Author

Finger Licking Good (Student's Edition)
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 16,350. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
Arthur BUSHTREKKER, a South African entrepreneur, set up his convenience food company a few years ago… and he is now looking to develop his range of dishes… He has a few dishes on offer already… but as the company is expanding customer demand is varying and tastes are evolving… he now needs to find new ideas and to cater for a wider spectrum of tastes from his customers…
Umma Dawm - The Confidential Files
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 26,680. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Earth’s hidden history… the hidden agenda… How aliens brought man the Holy Grail ! Earth’s hidden history… the hidden agenda… How aliens brought man the Holy Grail ! When one revisits history one is struck by the fact that it appears visitors of a higher knowledge have kept coming to meet man and distil advanced knowledge as though a course was taught to mankind…
Death Watch - A Matter Of Life
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 14,700. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Diaries & Journals
Death can take may a turn… and it’s usually not for the better… it may as well be the end of a life or snatching a soul in its prime… or worse still planned by an evil hand doing wrong… life always kills you eventually…
L'Enfer Du Paradis
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,110. Language: French. Published: February 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / Eastern Russian & Former Soviet Union
Lucie s’endort sous un arbre au soleil vespéral d’un jour d’été. Le soleil couchant l’inonde de ses rayons... Mais voici qu’au lieu de tomber dans le sommeil, Lucie commence à percevoir derrière ses paupières closes, dans sa tête, l’image d’une femme, d’une femme très ancienne qui marche dans la savane sous le soleil brûlant.
Deflecting Patience
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Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 18,240. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Deflecting Patience Sometimes you really feel like somebody is really trying God’s patience… on you… on your life… and you feel you’ve had enough… more than enough… more than you can take… more than anyone should have to put with… you feel that pressing need to reach for that Grant-Me-Patience magic wand now… any moment now you’re gonna blow your top…
Visionary Mountains
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,960. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Visionary Mountains arises from an idea I developed with one of my narrators Helen LLOYD… born of the pleasure of working together… Visionary Mountains is a collection of Helen’s choice of readings of some of my works from a reader’s point of view… very precious to the writer I am… The short stories here are about people for people… as usual… people like you and I… the boy next door… the girl..
Booster Shot
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 13,670. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A Booster Shot to secure the benefits of my other books… More and more stories about people for people… because everyday life is usually stranger than fiction… do you ever wonder what lies yonder ? A new collection of extremely varied styles and stories for the discerning reader seeking a challenging reading… Love and war and nature and history all come into one in Booster Shot…
Poems & Songs
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Poems & Songs is the top up to My Greatest Hits with the poems added… It stretches and reaches further into my writings… My Greatest Hits arise and evolve from so many things and people who inspire me… in poetry but mostly in songs… texts so beautiful I couldn’t live without them… whether songs, poems or lyrics… I have chose to share this honour and pleasure with you…
My Greatest Hits
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,350. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Poetry - general
My Greatest Hits arise and evolve from so many things and people who inspire me… in poetry but mostly in songs… texts so beautiful I couldn’t live without them… whether songs, poems or lyrics… I have chose to share this honour and pleasure with you…
Mes Plus Grands Succès
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 4,660. Language: French. Published: December 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Eastern European Poetry
Mes Plus Grands Succès émanent et évoluent autant autour de ceux qui m’inspirent que de ce qui m’inspire… en poésie mais d’abord en chansons… des textes tellement beaux que je ne pourrais vivre sans eux… J’ai choisi de les partager avec vous pour partager ce bonheur et cet honneur…
Business English Test
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 3,740. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
Learning a language means mastering 4 skills (Reading Comprehension, Written Expression, Oral Expression, Listening Comprehension –in this increasing order) that are the teacher’s job to provide the student with… The present test is based on expression -unlike other test based on comprehension with multiple questions…
Love... And Stuff Like That !
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 17,190. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
I don’t write love stories… Love stories write themselves… and sometimes write themselves off… just like that…
Visionary Mountains
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,450. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / General
Visionary Mountains arises from an idea I developed with one of my narrators Helen LLOYD… born of the pleasure of working together… Visionary Mountains is a collection of Helen’s choice of readings of some of my works from a reader’s point of view… very precious to the writer I am… The short stories here are about people for people… as usual… people like you and I…
To Think I Ran
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 6,390. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » Middle Eastern
Iran I certainly hope Iran hasn’t seen the last of me yet… I simply had to pay tribute to such a beautiful country with such wonderful people and such an amazing culture… Having very little memory very few memories of Iran I chose to pay tribute to Iranians… Iran is often confused with a country with ill-famed people… little do people know how they can be in assuming so…
Stories For English
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 16,090. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
A collection for learners and readers Stories For English is a collection selected with a pedagogical interest in mind… Most learners of English never make it to reading books… or even stories… They either use or don’t use their command of English to some extent in the course of their job and… leave it at that…
Ten A Penny
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A collection of some of my shortest and dearest terms of endearment… Excerpts from stories and poems to set the tone of my works and likes… I was always into words and music… I grew up with the radio… and we would sing at home… From a multilingual and multicultural environment I trained to be a language teacher with a strong literary culture… I was then called upon to train as a coach and no
Love Wars
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,800. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Jason Lentz -an unknown writer with an ego desperate to get published- has a date with fate when he gets a call from Brent Mendel setting him on the path to stardom where he crosses Oleana Kubitzskaya who will take him to heaven…
In Betweens Stations
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,060. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In Between Stations is really a collection of short stories for commuters… to be read on the underground, on public transport… the kind of book I leave in my toilet… Stories about people with a twist… an unexpected upturn of events… to make the reader smile or ponder… at the wonder of life…
Righter
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Righter is a collection of stories about people putting their world right… in their own way… They can’t escape reality but they can certainly bend it to suit them… because reality is always and only our own reality and is rarely suited to most…
Second Helpings
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 11,300. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Second Helpings is a collection of stories about people who got a second chance in life who saw life hand them a second deal… Because life is all about adventure and the unexpected turns up and turns out for the better all the time…
A Woman's Day
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 14,790. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
A woman’s Day is never done they say… Especially women… Women have that eerie ability of living many lives in one… which would akin them to cats… and accounts for yet another reason why I know them so well… A collection of stories to pay tribute to their endeavours…
The Comprehensive Teacher
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 27,440. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Language experience approach
Teaching English remains a mystery to most teachers and so does learning to most students… There are many ways and means to teach and to learn English often unsuspected by most… which -far from being out of reach- are within grasp of teachers and students… at closer range than most would even imagine… There is indeed life and teaching and learning outside books and photocopies…
Biohazard
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 20,050. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Climate change is an inherent condition to the development of life as we know it. Yet if man persists in his endeavours to use and abuse it he can be sure that one day he will have to facts the facts… Modern man wears and tears the resources of our planet where his forefathers had merely gleaned… For the Cathars, It is the Devil who created Adam and Eve…
Keeping Me Company
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 19,090. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
In this collection of stories women have the lead role. Women have always been a capital part of my life… for countless reasons ranging from the best to the worst… I owe them life. I simply owed it to them to write about them in fair justice… if only to set the record straight…
Live to tell (The lost child)
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Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 42,290. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Parenting » Family tragedy
Child abuse remains a common fact to date. Ignorance, unawareness, carelessness, aiding and abetting, fear, complicity… The testimonials of children fallen prey to malevolent parents sheds light on experience and consequences which leave you with a new outlook on the darker areas of life…
Singin' To English
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Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 22,770. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Music
Optimize learning with music and songs What brings together people, learning, language, vocabulary, grammar, phonetics and fun while helping you understand and memorise better and faster ? Music ! All the music world can offer learners and teachers. Millions of songs & musics waiting to be used in your daily work ! Old songs, new songs, blue songs and borrowed songs to help you succeed.