Interview with Alasdair K Duncan

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Good question i grew up beside a huge Mountain and beside the Mountain was a very steep coned shaped Volcano. The place is on a volcanic plateau a wild untamed desert in New Zealand.

From time to time the Volcano would start smoking and even spew out rocks, magma a bit scarey when you were a kid walking to school. But i survived and that's why we are doing the interview thing.The natural surroundings had a profound effect on me and still to this day i love nature more than ever!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when i was young but just poetry and about nature. At the time i was surfing a lot and the poetry was based on my experiences. I use to write at the dead of night in the morning my mum would find crumbled up pieces of paper under my bed.
One day she UN-crumpled a couple of pages and read the poetry. She had majored in English at university so i rated her comments on books or any writing. To her surprise she really like the poetry so that's what started me!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book is part of "THE BLUE WIZARD JOURNEY " trilogy it is called BLUE WIZARD AND THE RAINBOW SERPENT the second book in the series. I was searching on the internet and came across Rainbow Serpent it is one of the oldest mythological icons on the planet. The Rainbow Serpent appears in many cultures spread across the planet.
I am just about to finished the first draft that is based in Mexico and Peru where great Pyramids dwell. Also ancient knowledge is held among Shamans and death defies which possess secret knowledge to keep themselves alive for a very long time.
What motivated you to become an indie author? recieved
Just being haunted by the first book THE BLUE WIZARDS JOURNEY. Strange things kept on occurring opening up a new world to me. I had some eerie profound experiences. I was far up north in New Zealand at a mystical place called Spirits Bay a powerful place. I went for a surf then returned to my car taking my rash vest off. I had a strange feeling on the back of neck similar to pins and needles.

Suddenly i swiveled around and looked upward to an unusual formation of rocks on the edge of a cliff. To my utter amazement there was a lady standing there with her arms out with the most amazing wonderful vibe on her face. The only problem was she was totally white almost translucent a ghost or GUARDIAN.

Has soon as i turned around in a flash she walked down the track and disappeared. Did i really see her i thought. I refused to acknowledge what i saw. I got in my car and kept saying i didn't see what i had just seen. Then straight away i received a sharp jolt that hert my stomach. But still i refused to acknowledge what i saw. Another extremely painful jolt happen in my stomach i doubled over in pain. THEN I ACCEPTED WHAT I SAW AND IT STOPPED!!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a great platform that helps me get my books to many distributors. It is user friendly and has some very good information on how to publish a e-books. THANKS THUMPS UP!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Using the power of your inner imagination that can be tapped like a deep well that dwells in all of us! The feeling of words painting a image inside your readers mind. The weaving of a story into a huge picture that floods our thoughts. Also giving i believe writing expresses part of you, left for others to devour hopefully patatable nice mind food.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is like having distant friends sprinkled around the planet that send you messages and you communicate back.
There feed back helps you understand there own unquie perception of your books. Its great because we each have our own perception like slivers of glass when put together make up a mirror of human perception!!
What are you working on next?
THE BLUE WIZARD AND THE RAINBOW SERPENT I mentioned earlier. Also I am writing a book on my Big Black CAT "KARMA" she taught me a lot. The book is about how we found each other called THE DESERTED CAT CALLED KARMA! Interesting story what a animal will do to find someone to love!!
Who are your favorite authors?
Good question I like J K Rowland because of her beautiful imagination. I like Dan Brown for his fast paced and action and weaving clever plots and symbols embedded in human psych. Each writer hightlights a particular strength which attracts me from a writers perspective.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I believe in dreams and following what you truly love with all your heart. ACTUALLY there is a old native American saying" The eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky" which means follow what you love and you will always be happy!! You have to fine out what you truly love and what adds to you!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I practice the ancient art of Yoga which gives so much to you. That is why i have published a few yoga books to help people tune into themselves. Its great fitness for a writer that tends to sit a lot. I have run Yoga schools and studied with YOGI'S very interesting people that have insightful perceptions on life!!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly by scrolling down daily when i check Smashwords each day. IT IS AMAZING how many people are writing great for all of us
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Just a short story at school and i remember describing a submarine under the water. It left a bizarre feeling when i read it back, it was like i was TRANSPORTED inside the submarine under the deep blue sea. TRANSPORTING people with words is a beautiful gift and i do by best!
What is your writing process?
It depends on the book if it is a short story i don't plan much i just let it flow like a river. But if it is a novel i do a lot of background research. Then outline the major happenings that occur. But the story has its own life and can take twists and turns it comes alive!! But the outline acts has a guide to bring you home amongst the shadows of your mind.
How do you approach cover design?
I want to have a vibrant cover with impact that helps tell its own story. It is very valuble having an awesome cover to convey your quality story, its about doing your best go for it!!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just building up a fan base and asking them nicely to write a honest review!!
Describe your desk
Books lying on the desk, diary, a mug with warm liquid, pages of notes, cell phone, pen, lap top
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
" JASON AND THE GOLDEN FLEECE" a wonderful childrens book about adventure travelling to wild places and facing monsters.
Published 2013-08-23.
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The Orginal Vampire's Graveyard Friend
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,980. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2013. Category: Fiction
This is the third book in the great series. Drac has to escape with his new found girlfriend Adrianna. They stumble into an eerie graveyard that is full of hidden secretes. They meet a person that will help change their future. They must find the ingredients to a magic potion that will give them the power to shape change before they are found! Will they live or will they be killed by the blood hun
The Original Vampire Runs
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,440. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2013. Category: Fiction
The second Book in the series!! This marvelous book tells how two fellow vampire apprentices meet and have to run for their lives! A spine tingling tale of adventure, romance and instant attraction in the midst of danger. Will they make it! Dac and Adrianna run from men who will stop at nothing to hunt them down and kill them. I love this series because I fell for the kind heart of Drac, a young
The Deserted Cat Karma
By Alasdair K Duncan
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,750. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
This marvelous book gives you a rare insight into a neglected cat with an amazing spirit to rise above the way she is miss treated! A story of true courage that shows you the power of love that transcends the cruel nature of her owner! “The deserted cat called Karma” is inspirational story showing you a deeper
The Original Vampire
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,200. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2013. Category: Fiction
The FIRST BOOK in this marvellous SERIES stopped me in my tracks! Telling an amazing tale of where the first lineage of Vampires originated from!! Drac the apprentice is taught by a very powerful Shaman taken under his wing. Drac quickly becomes like a sponge absorbing the ancient knowledge that has been passed down for centuries. Drac ADDS A COUPLE DROPS OF BLOOD TO A MAGIC POTION! Grab A COPY!
The Shaman
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,640. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2013. Category: Fiction
“ARCHIE” the main character comes across and “OLD MYSTICAL” man that lives on his own far up north in the WILD! He possesses “SECRET” ancient knowledge past down for centuries. He is shown another “WORLD” that he did not know even existed!! A strange unusual “MAGICAL WORLD” that is full of intrigue and mystery. An “EVIL BIRD WOMEN” crosses there path casting a “DE
Complete Body Detox Guide
By Alasdair K Duncan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: August 27, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
The Amazing detox book gives you “A wonderful step by step guide to help you!!” Using Ancient wisdom and knowledge. “Also delicious recipes” and “Amazing smoothie recipes” to help you energize and “detox body and mind!” “To become healthy and happy” “A wonderful complete detox guide for life!!” giving you the tool to become cleansed!! “Look amazing after the detox you will have a glow!
Complete 15 Minute De-stress Guide
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,400. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
STOP STRESS THIS BOOK GIVES YOU THE TOOLS! A great book that walks you through step by step ways of "REDUCING STRESS" in your life helping you relax. The book covers the entire range of stressful conditions. Giving your great "PRACTICAL TOOLS" to use daily to help you become totally DE-STRESS!! Breathing techniques, Specific exercises, Special super food to relieve stress and much more.
Complete Anti-aging Guide
By Alasdair K Duncan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
STOP THE AGING PROCESS DRAMATICALLY NOW! This book has some deeply insightful tips on how to combat the aging process long-term! Explaining “FACTS” about why we age and” SECRET” natural foods that are available TO SLOW AGING DRAMATICALLY! This amazing book can help you change your perception of life and in the process help you look “MORE YOUTHFUL! “ There are some great” ANTI-AGING FREE RECIPES”
Guide To Becoming Pregnant Naturally
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,900. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
A "WONDERFUL STEP BY STEP GUIDE" to becoming "PREGNANT NATURALLY!" Walking you through "Vital information!" "USING SCIENTIFIC PROVEN SUPER FOODS" "INCREASES" your chances of "BECOMING PREGNANT!" "PROFOUND INFORMATION" on the best time to "CONCEIVE in your "CYCLE!" The "NATURAL WAY" to become pregnant is the "HEALTHY WAY!" " YOU AND BABY BECOME SUPER HEALTHY!!" "SCROLL UP AND GRAB A COPY
Ancient Wisdom To Help You
By Alasdair K Duncan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,200. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
"ANCIENT WISDOM TO HELP YOU" A "YOUNG MAN" faces a "PERSONAL CRISIS!" He comes across a "REAL MYSTIC" from a far off "LAND!" This is a "TURNING POINT in his "LIFE!" The "MYSTIC" imparts some "ANCIENT KNOWLEDGE" that "AWAKENS HIM" through a "VERY DIFFICULT TIME!" "WHERE EVER YOU ARE IN YOUR LIFE" these words from the "MYSTIC will "HELP YOU PROFOUNDLY!" "SCROLL UP AND GRAB A COPY"
The Blue Wizards Journey
By Alasdair K Duncan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,040. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
This is the "FIRST BOOK" in the "AMAZING BLUE WIZARDS JOURNEY TRILOGY SERIES!" A "MAGICAL ADVENTURE" that happens in New Zealand. Far up north a secret, "ANCIENT TEMPLE" hides a dark "MYSTERIOUS WIZARD" that has cast a dreadfully powerful spell to "DOOM" the forests and the creatures that dwell within! A "STRANGE MAGICAL PENDANT IS FOUND!" "SUDDENLY A BLOOD CURLING SCREAM IS HEARD!"
Amazing Meditation Guide
By Alasdair K Duncan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,830. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
"AMAZING MEDITATION GUIDE" A "VERY INTERESTING and "DEEPLY PROFOUND BOOK" on learning how to "MEDITATE!" "TEACHING you a "STEP BY STEP EASY TO LEARN HOW!" to "MEDITATE" on a daily basis! "YOU" are "GIVEN EASY TO LEARN TECHNIQUES THAT HAVE AN AMAZING EFFECT ON YOU!" "THE AMAZING BOOK PROVIDES THE TOOLS" for an "AWESOME STRESS FREE and "PROFOUNDLY HAPPY LIFE!" "SCROLL UP AND GRAB A COPY!!"
Amazing Yoga Diet
By Alasdair K Duncan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Category: Nonfiction
"AMAZING YOGA DIET" A "TRULY REMARKABLE" way of looking at "DIET." This "AMAZING BOOK" gives a "PROFOUNDLY SIMPLE but "HUGELY EFFECTIVE way of "EATING!!" The "IMPACT" on your "BODY" and "HEALTH" is "AMAZING!!" A "LEANER more "TONED" you springs to life by using the "PROFOUND KNOWLEDGE" in this book. This "UNIQUE WISDOM is "ANCIENT WISDOM" that is now being combined with "MODERN DAY LIVING
De-aging Yoga
By Alasdair K Duncan
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
A "VERY SPECIAL DE-AGING TECHNIQUE which helps "RE-ENERGIZE" your "ENTIRE SYSTEM!" The "TECHNIQUE" is well over a "THOUSAND YEARS OLD" and is used by "YOGIS!" The "BOOK" also covers "POSTURES" which keeps you "FIT" and "TONED!" There is an "AMAZING SECTION" on healthy eating which provides a remarkable and simple philosophy on "FOOD" Try out the "ANCIENT TECHNIQUE!!" "GRAB A COPY!!"
Learn To Surf For Beginners
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,510. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2012. Category: Nonfiction
Learn to surf for beginners "HELPS" you become an "AWESOME SURFER" and tips to become "SURF FIT!" This "AWESOME BOOK" provides you with great information, on the"RULES" of surfing. "DRAMATICALLY HELPING YOU" have a basic understanding of what type of surfing equipment suits your LEVEL." "GIVING YOU FANTASTIC SURF TIPS" "BASIC SURFING, DUCK DIVING,PADDLING TIPS,SURF EXERCISES, GRAB A COPY!