Interview with Lydia Chandler

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have several actually! I have a Facebook page, a Twitter account and am on Amazon as well. I've got other social media tools that I am currently researching not to mention hiring a few folks to get the word out.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a five-acre farm about thirty minutes outside of Salisbury, Maryland. We were poor growing up. We just didn't know it at the time! I've been writing for as long as I can remember. My first recollection of being "published" was my junior high newspaper! I've been writing ever since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In a word? MONEY. I just didn't have the financial resources to become a published author by the old tried and true means of traditional publishing. I got online, did some research, and learned how to do it all myself. I will from time to time hire this one gentleman that I keep on stand-by to format the manuscripts for me. I've even learned how to create my own books covers!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have SO MANY stories floating around in my head that sometimes I think my brain may very well explode! It's like I have to get them OUT and into the world at large.
What do your fans mean to you?
E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G!!!! Who are you without your fans? THEY are the soul contributors to my efforts by purchasing my works. What would be the point of all of this GREAT writing I'm doing if I had no fans??
What are you working on next?
As per usual, several books at once! I have the JMHO series that is now up to four editions. I have at least three more in me. I have another erotica book that I've begun entitled Orgasmic Storms. Then there is my own unique perspective about September 11, 2001. I was working in a response and recovery field at the time so I have a different way of looking at that awful day. More "coffee table" books...what else? Oh I'm sure I'm forgetting something!!
Who are your favorite authors?
Hands down Nora Roberts, Erma Bombeck, Ann Landers, and Abigail Van Buren (a.k.a. Dear Abby). Oh and yes! Me of course!!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Marketing!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Well Smashwords for one. The I also downloaded for free I might add, a Kindle to my PC. I've gotten several books from there already. I've gotten some from Amazon as well. I have a newly established account there so be on the look out!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Lord I don't have the faintest clue. I've been writing for over thirty-seven years now. I have just become an e-book author as of this year.
What is your writing process?
Here there and everywhere! I could be working on a book, make the mistake of taking a break, and then BAM! Tons of other ideas start to form. I outline them all before I forget them which for me is easy to do! That's why I have so many 'in progress' books right now.
How do you approach cover design?
Anally I fear. I'm as picky about my covers as I am about my writing. Some of the covers I'm going to redesign, or have redesigned if I'm on a world tour! I liked them at the time but now when I look at some of them I just think to myself, "Uh nah."
Published 2013-11-22.
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J.M.H.O. The World through My Eyes 2013 Edition, Vol. 1
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,880. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Current affairs
J.M.H.O. The World Through My Eyes came about thanks to my blog postings. I blog on an adult website. As long as I was posting naughty stories or naughty photos all things were cool!
J.M.H.O. The World Through My Eyes 2013 Edition Vol. 2
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 19,320. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Adult
The J.M.H.O. The World Through My Eyes series came about thanks to my blog postings. I blog on an adult website. As long as I was posting naughty stories or naughty photos all things were cool. It was a misjudgment on my part to think that current events whether they be on politics, local and international happenings, entertainment, etc. would fly on an adult site!
J.M.H.O. The World Through My Eyes 2012 Edition
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,290. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
J.M.H.O. The World Through My Eyes came about thanks to my blog postings. I blog on an adult website. As long as I was posting naughty stories or naughty photos all things were cool. It was a misjudgment on my part to think that current events whether they be on politics, local and international happenings, entertainment, etc. would fly on an adult site!
NAS / Fort Barrancas ~ Pensacola, Florida
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Price: Free! Words: 1,020. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
Fort Barrancas sits on a bluff overlooking the entrance to Pensacola Bay. The natural advantages of this location have inspired engineers of three nations to build forts.
Can't Afford To Go To Hawaii? Here's Your Virtual Tour!
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 920. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
As of this point in my life I have yet to make it to any of the Hawaiian Islands. I have friends that have been there to honeymoon, friends that have even been deployed there and what a God awful deployment that must be!
A Life Reflected In Photos
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,180. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - Photo books
The world over many of my fans have wondered what I look like. They have wanted to know more about me and my life. This is but a brief glimpse.