Interview with CE Wills

I read your blog a lot and it seems that it is more than an author page. Are you a writer or a blogger?
I'm both. I started the blog to promote myself as an author. In other words, to become more widely known. Then I discovered that I liked blogging. I also discovered that blogging is addicting, time consuming and takes away from writing. Whether it helps sales or not, I could not really say. I do know that if you give a review of a movie or a book and make someone mad, they may retaliate by giving you a really crummy review on a story.
I've noticed that you have short stories for sale. You also have novels for sale. Yet you charge the same price for all of them, other than the freebies. What's up with this?Write your own question here!
I price my stuff really low. Like John Locke, my intention is that the money should be an insignificant decision on whether they read my books or not. I want to become 'known' as a writer and I want folks to try my books. I feel that the potential ebook market is so huge that even at 99 cents, I can make a lot of money if my books become popular.
I have read your western series about the gunman Cedric Gant, the Notch series. It is like a serialized story in many ways. Was this your plan?
No. I love westerns and wanted to see if I could write one. Basically, I wrote the first one for fun. I enjoyed writing it so well that I wrote another. Cedric Gant became almost real to me, like all good characters. As far as the serial part goes, a month would go by and it would occur to me that "Cedric should do this," or "It would be cool if this happened." Before I knew it, I had written 9 of the stories, all in the range of 7,000 to 10,000 words. I wrapped up the story in the 9th one.
Do you feel that short stories, published independently, rather than in a bundle, are viable as ebooks?
I certainly do. Certainly more viable than in print. I also believe that my pricing of 99 cents is reasonable. I also feel that many people just like a quick read, at least from time to time. A short story cuts to the chase and eliminates the window dressing. I love Zane Grey's work better than anyone, but there are times when I don't want a three page description of the landscape. By the way, I feel that short stories will be huge in the future. I thought this before Kindle Singles and their equivalent at the other on-line stores became popular. Moreover, the older I get, the less I like to climb into really huge, though wonderful, books, like for instance the works of Tom Clancy and James Clavell. My mind just wants a diversion for the evening or weekend. I think many people feel the same way.
That leads to another question. Do you have a 'target audience'?
No. It's funny. I write to suit myself. I figure if I enjoy it, at least a percentage of other people will like it. If I begin to be politically correct or motivated in other ways, then I lose the power to be a good storyteller. Above all things, a writer should be 'readable'. In my opinion, the best books are those which you find yourself starting, then you notice that it is three in the morning and you've read half of the book. How many books have I bought for big bucks and I couldn't get through them? Tons. Sure, they were carefully edited. The spelling and punctuation were laudable, but if you can't tell a story it is useless. This is where Smashwords and others have opened the door for the storytellers to gather their listeners around the fire on a cold winter night and tell the story of people like Cedric Gant, Centaur and others.
Again, that leads to another question. Do you write for a living? Or is it a hobby or a sideline?
I work a full-time job. I am older than dirt and ready to retire in the near future. If I never made a penny from writing I'd still eat regular, and probably too much at that! I write because I am a writer and writing ebooks is the culmination of something I wanted to do from earliest childhood. When I was in the third grade I "produced" a newsletter in school. I would write stories about monsters or whatever, then fold the paper in half, like a newspaper. I would give big money for a copy of one of those now. Ha, ha.
So, what's on your agenda for the future?
I want to finish my Centaur series. I have published 3 of the books about the fierce Indian, but I haven't tied the series up and wrapped a ribbon around it. I don't want to leave readers wondering. If I depart this mortal realm suddenly, I want my readers to know how Dotel Smith's life turned out. Did Centaur find death in Mexico or did he live to retire? Did Mandy Collins have a life after college basketball? Just the stuff of imagination but they are my characters. My readers won't need a ghost writer to fill in the blanks. Matilda's Bones is the name of the final novel and it is almost finished. I started it years ago but refused to "force" it. This is the advantage of having no publisher or deadline. I have seen novels that were forced because money demanded a schedule. Writer's block can be a good thing. Let the seeds germinate until the creative process runs its course.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

Swift's Guns
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,520. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Tom Swift had left his former life as a gunfighter and was now hunting wild horses in the canyon country of Arizona. Then he met a desperado on the trail who had a woman tied across a pack horse. Tom was glad that he still had his skill with a Colt.
Short Stories: a Boxed Set
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,350. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Ten short stories and my Science Fiction novelette, The Amulet Covenant. Contains Mississippi Queen, The Stuffy Professor, A Woman of Depth and Breeze and the Prom Queen. Save 40% off the individual prices. About 58,000 words. Some stories are sexy, some are innocent and at least one of them is true. Something for everyone.
Breeze and the Prom Queen
Series: Black Mushroom Series, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Breeze and Jeremy seem to face many obstacles to their love. Sancha, the prom queen, may be the worst.
Andrea's List
Series: The Spider Series, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,440. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Andrea enhances her reputation as 'The Sword of France' in this sexy espionage thriller. Her on and off affair with the American, Charlie Rose, leaves her prey to depression. This causes a binge on a rusted ship that ends in violence. To further complicate matters, she learns of the perfidy surrounding her mentor, the great and bloody Jean LaCross.
Boxed Set of Cedric Gant Western Series 1-9
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,660. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This book contains all nine volumes of the Notch Series. The stories follow the adventures of the Colorado gunman named Cedric Gant as he matures from a young shootist to a hardened gunman. He loses his innocence to a widow woman named Melon Brown, who is twice his age. Then he falls in love with her. He learns that his fast draw can save, or destroy, those he cares for.
The Sword of France
Series: The Spider Series, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Andrea came from the hard streets of Marseille. She was an orphan who was recruited by France's greatest spy. She was destined to become the Spider, the dreaded assassin who would become the Sword of France. Her involvement with the American, Charlie Rose, complicated her life...and his. This is the second book in a series and the sequel to The Spy's Panties.
The Spy's Panties
Series: The Spider Series, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Charlie Rose is an average guy. He lives a boring life, until he stops to help a lady in distress one night. There are three people in a broken down truck. They don't need his help, or do they? A few days later he discovers that one of the three people was found dead. Was it his fault? What price would he have to pay for driving away?
Mississippi Queen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,510. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure
A young white boy is on his way to Florida for a vacation at the beach. Then he stops at a small town in Mississippi and falls in love with a black girl. That's all well and good, until she gets arrested for murder.
Notch 9
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: December 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Cedric Gant, the fastest gun in Colorado, has been in one shootout too many. He finds himself an outlaw, pursued by the Texas Rangers. Can he reach Mexico and avoid being hanged? Will his memories destroy any hope of peace and happiness? This is the exciting conclusion of a fine western series.
Notch 8
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,180. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
While waiting for his French fiance to return to him, Cedric Gant, the gunman, finds trouble aplenty around his Colorado ranch. When he befriends a widow and her two grown children, he makes new enemies ...and gets a visit from an old friend. This is the exciting eighth edition of this hard-hitting Western series of short stories. Strictly adults only.
Notch 7
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,310. Language: English. Published: May 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
When the gunman, Cedric Gant, pulled a young lady from a raging river, little did he know that she was a nun. Sister Tristan Forgey had escaped from an Indian village and was lucky to be alive. Unfortunately, her faith in God and the calling on her life was shaken to its very core. Could a crude man such as he truly help a woman with her deep needs? Or was he exactly the man she needed?
Notch 6
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,090. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
This is the 6th installment in the series about Cedric Gant, the gunman. In this western short story Cedric goes to Texas to settle a debt of honor. The man who had saved the beloved Abby and died in the act, has a sister who needs Gant's help. Only gun play will save Claire Nesbit and Gant is the man for the job. Upon Gant's return from the lone star state he must face a woman gunslinger.
Lost Gap
Series: The Benjamin Neale Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,140. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Miller and Mai return in the thrilling conclusion of this trilogy. A gritty group of people who have survived a nuclear exchange band together. They battle evil men, mutated beasts and an occupying army. The books in this series are, in order, KGB Retirement Program, Karina's Journal and Lost Gap. The series begins with a spy story, turns into a love story and ends with science fiction.
Notch 5
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,250. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western
This is the fifth book in the Notch series about the gunman, Cedric Gant. From Dodge City to Colorado he faces wicked men, whether white or red. From a shootout on a dusty street to a desperate stand against Indians at his own ranch, Cedric Gant depends on his skill with guns to survive. Fast paced action. Please note that this is a short story. It is approximately 8,000 words in length.
Notch 4
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western
Cedric Gant, the gunman, returns in this fourth installment of the western series. Cedric now has the beautiful Abby to care for, as well as his son. Then his dead wife's sister comes to live with them. As if that is not worry enough, he learns he is wanted for a crime he never committed. He must clear his name with the dashing ranger Captain, or kill him. It's gunfights, revenge and a hanging.
Notch 3
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Westerns/Cowboys
Cedric Gant was newly married to a wonderful, older woman. But when her daughter came home from St. Louis, she proved to be a lot of trouble for the gunman. He would have to resort to gun play to save the blond haired beauty from abductors. Would either of them survive the dangers of the old west?
Notch 2
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western, Fiction » Literature » Western
Cedric Gant was a wandering gunman when he met Melon Brown. She was twice his age but he made love to her, then avenged her husband's death. In order to save her and her ranch, Cedric would have to kill again and again. This is the second book in the notch series with the gunman, Cedric Gant, as the central character.
Climber's Reward
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,520. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Beck Oswald graduated from high school just in time for the Vietnam War. The Phoenix Program taught him to be an assassin. When he returned from Vietnam it was easy to continue the same occupation for much better money.
A Woman Of Depth
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
When the red-haired lady appeared out of the abyss, he thought he was hallucinating. Maybe he wasn't crazy, after all.
Karina's Journal
Series: The Benjamin Neale Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,170. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
This is the sequel to KGB Retirement Program. Benjamin Kerr has changed his identity yet again. He is on the run from enemies foreign and domestic. As a cop he believes he has the perfect cover. Then his wife's sister appears out of nowhere and the violence, the fleeing and the terror begins again. From Arizona to Georgia he seeks a place to live in peace... and of course, chase women.
The Amulet Covenant
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,950. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Ryan Latch thought the lady was joking when she asked him if he would leave Earth with an alien. When he replied that he would go anywhere with her, he was in for the surprise of his life. Ryan found himself the focal point of two worlds and three women. One of them was The Vampire Queen of the Vanis. She was savage and beautiful, and woman enough to make him forget the Amulet Covenant.
The Last Notch
Series: The Cedric Gant Series, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,320. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Western
Cedric Gant was a cowboy. As he rode through Colorado one dark, rainy night, he came upon a woman. She was digging a grave in the pouring rain. When he stopped to help, he became involved in her affairs. His life and her's was changed forever.
Spam and Rice
Series: The Centaur Series, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,480. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery
Sidney Rice was wanted by the FBI, a Chinese spy and his fiance. He held the secrets of a top-secret computer program that everyone wanted. When he fled to Juarez, Mexico, he was pitted against an evil group of murderers and kidnappers who cared nothing about the program. Among Sid's allies were a reformed drug lord and a psychotic Indian. This is the third novel in the Centaur series.
KGB Retirement Program
Series: The Benjamin Neale Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,040. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Benjamin Kerr sought nothing more from life than a good time. Then he got involved with a sexy Russian spy named Karina who introduced him to many things, pleasant and otherwise. He soon learned how to kill and how to survive as a fugitive. Most importantly he learned that no one ever gets out of the KGB alive. A fast paced, funny, action yarn with two characters that you'll remember for years.
Centaur's Wrath
Series: The Centaur Series, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,680. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
The Tracker discovered a secret village in Utah, and an ancient evil that only he could destroy. The sequel to The Dan Tattoo.
The Dan Tattoo
Series: The Centaur Series, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,510. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Mandy was the best basketball player in America until a tattoo changed her life. How could simple body art lead to sex, money and murder?