Interview with Troy Veenstra

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love hearing from people that have read my books tell me how much they enjoyed it, how they cried, got angry, felt sad, happy, loved, ect. its amazing how the power of words, simple phrases can have such a toll on people.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, without fans I'd be writing to the walls. Would I still write? yes but it wouldn't be as enjoyable without someone telling me what they thought about it. What they liked, didn't like ect.
What are you working on next?
Several titles. Currently working on book on my brother who suffers from Torticolois and Touretts, and how the world has more or less shunned him. Also working on an extreme horror, and a continuation to my dramatic romance novel.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work sadly... that and the smile I see on my nieces face when she comes over to visit, its amazing how just hearing her say "Uncle Troy," and giggle can make any issues I seem to be having at the time melt away. Since learning that I might be dying in 5 to 10 years family and my written works have become a big issue for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm always writing...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
yes, still have it. it wasn't the best of works, though it was kind of cool to read the Publishers Weekly Review on it, "this books is so badly in tune with the world it should be given an award for the worst book ever written," hey at least they read it. Oddly that made several people want to read it as well.
What is your writing process?
I don't do that whole, sit down, write out each chapter and whats going to happen. I basically start with an overall idea, and start from there, let the story write itself per se. At least when I write fiction. I will admit that when I wrote "The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden," I did do a lot of research first, and then decide how I wanted each chapter to progress, so I guess I do a little of both depending on the subject matter.
How do you approach cover design?
That's kind of odd actually. I don't really know. My mind just thinks of what I would like to see if I was shopping through a bookstore, though I will say that depending on the story, like say the mood, I look for and try to think of something that visually describes the overall feeling of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
philosophical material, Law books, education books, stuff that make my mind think and learn. I like to be well rounded, kind of like the Cliff Clavin of Cheers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Depends on what you mean by effective. I have had some good things go on with "word of mouth," however as I have found out with that process, if someone likes a book and tells another person about it, most times its not "You should go get yourself a copy too," its "here you can read my copy," which in turn takes a potential royalty away from me. Then again, however, I have to ask myself, did I start writing for the money or the enjoyment of sharing my ideas and thoughts with other people? I like that idea though I will admit that royalties do help me out too.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that I didn't have to wait to find an agent or be denied again by a publishing company that really wouldn't have done anything to help me out unless the title took off by itself. I have used agents in the past before, had been accepted by them and told all that "this is really good, it should do great," only to be lost in the shuffle of things. I like being in control of my own work and deciding right away what I am going to do with it than waiting years for it to maybe come out.
Published 2013-12-07.
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Books by This Author

Gauntlets of Blood: Book 2 of the Aroich Saga
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 36,130. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2015 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
As a young, smart, yet vulnerable teen Drake had been bullied by his 'alleged' cousins forcing him to turn to the only one that would listen to him and eventually help him seek justice, Drake turned to the demon Aroich for guidance. The Demon he would come to call ally, friend, and father. Carnage knows no vengeance like a child bullied to madness.
Boy Named Romeo
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » Developmental / general, Nonfiction » Parenting » Teens
Enter the world of a struggling, bullied Fourteen-year-old boy. Enter the world of a boy named Romeo, a young, kindhearted kid, searching for the reason of his existence while the world around him crumbles. This book is based on the life of a boy Named Romeo, taken from the view points of the author, names of some people have been changed to protect their identity
The Impact of Music, Dance, and Theater from the Harlem Renaissance
Price: Free! Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Essay » Political
In the late 1880s, blacks began to emerge as professionals in many areas including scientific research, and artistic achievement. By the 1900s, many had become intellectuals, scientist, poets, artist, and musicians. Some of the more illuminating of these intellectuals lived or migrated to Harlem where there was a desire to both defend and endorse the talents and worth’s of blacks.
The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden: The Grim Truth Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse Book Combo
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,480. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence, Nonfiction » Law » Gender & the Law
Enter a world most believe does not exist, a world where men can be abused, beaten & even murdered by his significant other. Enter the world where men, everyday are ignored by our own society as victims of Male Domestic Abuse. Men being abused and killed by the Female's they vowed to love until death do they part.
The Cheating Heart
Price: Free! Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Cheating on your Dark Arts lover may lead to you being her next satanic sacrifice... Nothing is worse than a woman scorned, except maybe one that has the Devil on her side...
Can You Hear Me Now?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,650. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Crime
A young woman is haunted by her phone. Photos that she never took, which reveal images of her working on her computer show up on the phone. Is there a night stalker following her around? Or is there something even more sinister lurking about her apartment?
The Legal Implications of Paying an Employee Bitcoins in the United States
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Essay » Business, Essay » Legal
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Can an United States employer begin paying their employees in Bitcoin? Find out.
The Wrong Side of a Frying Pan
Price: Free! Words: 1,630. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2014 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
It was the early summer of 1973, Paul McCartney had just released “Red Rose Speedway,” which included “My Love,” President Nixon had announced the resignation of Halderman, Ehrlichman, and my then 16 year-old mother was about to tell my grandmother about the coming of my birth...
The Truth behind Truth: Female Domestic Perpetrators & The facts Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,330. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse, Nonfiction » True Crime » Family violence
Enter a world most believe does not exist, a world where men can be abused, beaten & even murdered by their significant other. Enter the world where men, everyday are ignored by our own society as victims of Male Domestic Abuse. Men being abused and killed by the Female's they vowed to love until death do they part. These facts may change your perception on the truth you've been spoonfed.
Reasons to be Missed
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,210. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2013 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Romance » New adult, Fiction » Inspirational
Meet 26 year-old Elizabeth Hunters, a single woman living with her parents. She never went to college, found true love or a job, she is a woman that does not really begin to know the meaning of her life, and how she wanted to live it, until the day, she finds she has a rare form of cancer.
Suffering Passions: A Dramantic Romance
Price: Free! Words: 2,940. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2013 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ana prepared herself for the coming day, getting ready for that night, when her & her lover would celebrate the one-year anniversary of their first day, and the night they would begin talks about their future as husband and wife. Sadly, for Ana, that was yesterday, and today is a whole new day. Romance, Drama, love, death
Kindergarten Class for the Highly Gifted: First Semester: The World of Emilee
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 9,970. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Little Emilee and her best friend Victor (Vicky-Vick) have been blessed with the gift of having very high intellects, sadly, being extremely smart at the age of 4 can, at times, lead to interesting, if not highly comical issues and situation. Common sense defined by a Four Year Old SMART ASS!
The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden: The Grim Truth Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,150. Language: English. Published: December 4, 2011 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / domestic partner abuse, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships
Readers Favorite 5 Star Rating --- The Murder of Jeffrey Dryden: The Grim Truth Surrounding Male Domestic Abuse by Troy Veenstra is an account of the circumstances surrounding the death of Jeffrey Dryden. In the early hours of July 18th in 2010, Jeffrey Dryden returned home after spending some time with his twin brother. Within minutes, he was dead, stabbed in the neck by his girlfriend, Chiquita.
The Heat of Passion Doctrine: Killing Your Spouse & Getting Away with Murder
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 14,270. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2011 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Dysfunctional relationships, Nonfiction » Law » Criminal
In Maryland, for instance in 1994, Kenneth Peacock returned home to find his wife of several years in bed with another man. he spent several hours drinking and arguing with his adulterous wife before shooting her in the head with his single shot rifle. Thanks to the Heat of Passon Doctrine he only served 18 months in a work release program after being charged with 1st degree murder.
Your Own General Durable Power of Attorney
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,110. Language: English. Published: September 7, 2010 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Reference, Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Reference
Simply Cut, past, fill in the blanks and change this document to fit your own personal needs. Leave your loved ones and yourself with the peace of mind that you, and them will have a say in your healthcare and life should you become unable to do so yourself... Most importantly... save money, by doing it all yourself instead of spending hundreds on lawyer fees...
Who Knew So Much Blood Could Come from Such a Small Body
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 87,240. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2010 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Horror » Crime
2008 Semi finalist in the Amazon Break through Novel Award -- reviewed by Publishers Weekly to be the worst Horrific Extreme horror novel ever written... this was the writes first book ever published...
The Worthless Agreement:
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2010 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Essay » Legal, Essay » Political
The Truth behind the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and the Separation of Religion & Government Its value once held as a priceless artifact worth the country’s weight in gold, now worth just as much and just as useless as an average roll of toilet paper found at any grocery or convince store across America.
The Legacy: The Love of Mildreth and Clarence Levett
You set the price! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2010 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
After seventy-six years of life, the legacy, the bond between husband and wife, mother and daughter is about to end...
Titanic: Echo of the Dying Confession: Book One of the Aroich Saga
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 81,750. Language: American English. Published: August 4, 2010 by Veenstra/Exploited Publishing Inc. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » General
Readers Favorite 5 star rating --- Based specifically around the factual details in regards to the design, creation, and ultimately the sinking of the steamship Titanic and gives a whole new idea to the question of what was really the cause of the ship being destroyed. With accuracy and a readable style of writing that captures the Victorian/Edwardian