Interview with Patrick Jane

What is your writing process?
That is a trade secret.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am a person who craves control and being an indie author gives me full control over my creativity. I can decide my own prices, publishing dates and can even give away any of my book for free, if I want to.

Moreover, self publishing gives me the freedom of finishing my stories at my own pace unlike the traditional publishing. I despise deadlines and I have no shame in admitting that I am not one of those people who thrive under pressure.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are as important to me as my stories. They both are very dear to me. Like all the writers, I want people to read my books, appreciate my writing and if someone becomes a fan, then I can’t thank him or her enough.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest novel is about three close friends who transform from upstanding law-abiding citizens to ruthless bank robbers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I am caught up in life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Raymond Chandler, Arthur Conan Doyle, James Hadley Chase and Agatha Christie.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have to be honest, I don’t remember the first story that I read. Although, I loved “Tintin” when I was a kid and if memory serves right the first novel that I read was one of the “Hardy Boys” novels but I can’t remember which one.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story that I ever wrote is a novel about a lone scorned lover who embarks on a journey of revenge against mafia to avenge the death of his beloved. Unfortunately, this novel is still incomplete as somewhere along the path of writing, I lost the inspiration to finish it.
What are you working on next?
Presently I am working on a novel on gangsters along the lines of “Godfather” but much more brutal, political and diabolical. This one is gonna take a long time to finish, a very long time.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mystery Novels, Movie Scripts, Google News and sometimes Sci-fi novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer laptop or desktop.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2008. I had had a terrible road accident in 2008 and as I recovered, I had plenty of time to kill at home. It was then I discovered that apart from reading, I also had a flair for writing. I have fully recovered from that accident and now I am totally fit.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me the greatest joy of writing is a “complication” in the plot and how its solution sends ripples throughout the story. Brainstorming over a problem in the story, finding multiple solutions, picking the right one and then weaving it into the story is a very satisfying experience for me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have a dream. It is a simple one but may sound a bit egotistical. I want to leave my mark on the world. I want people to remember me, the author, not the protagonist of the famous TV show “Mentalist”, whenever they hear the name Patrick Jane.

The only way I know of achieving this dream is the completion of various stories I have on my computer as half-baked novels. So I get up each day to work on my novels to be a step closer to my dream
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Frankly speaking I have not yet achieved the literary success I aspire to achieve. However, I appreciate Smashwords for providing a solid platform for independent authors like me. If it wasn’t for Smashwords, I would probably have not shared my stories with the world.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don’t believe in book marketing. I believe that if a book is good and an author’s writing has edge he does not need marketing. I don’t want to speak about my work; I want my work to speak for me. Therefore as far as book marketing is concerned, I get by doing minimum. I am in this journey for a long haul and I strongly believe that slow and steady wins the race.
Published 2013-12-20.
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