Interview with Cliff Ball

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was around ten years old. I thought up wacky interview questions for classmates, asking them to make up what planet they were born on, what fake person they would vote for President of the United States, what was their favorite time traveling vehicle, stuff like that. I also wrote short stories, and I managed to get one published in high school in the early '90's through my Creative Writing class. I won a whole $35 for being third for this particular contest the short story was entered in. My mom took that and framed the check stub, a newspaper article she placed in our newspaper, and my senior class photo.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Times of Turmoil, my latest novel, is a prequel to my End Times novels, Times of Trouble and Times of Trial. I had reviews and readers who wanted the story to be fleshed out more, so I went back nearly a hundred years (the other novels are set 20+ years from now) to World War II. I explored how the Evans family gets the money and power to influence events in the United States and make it their mission to destroy Christian influence in the United States. I was inspired by some of the current happenings involving the United States government.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I actually always wanted to be independently published. I did a lot of research in high school about getting published, and seeing that I had to write query letters and send in manuscripts, only to be rejected, didn't appeal to me, so I decided to wait until the opportunity to publish my own works myself appeared. I wanted to be in control and figured doing it myself was the best way to do it. I got my chance in 2008 with the appearance of the Kindle and its publishing platform, so off I went.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success by letting me get published to Apple, Sony, and even into libraries when I wouldn't be able to do it myself. Smashwords also gives me the ability to offer my novels for free when doing free promotions, and then I'm able to reach readers who probably wouldn't normally give me a chance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest joy for me is being able to create my books my own way without anyone looking over my shoulder telling me I'm doing it wrong or telling me I have to put in a lot of filler that I don't want just to get over a certain word count.
What are you working on next?
The next novel I'm working on is called Timothy Phillips. It's set in the same universe as my End Times Saga. It's about a Christian young man who sings and is discovered by a record producer, he gets to compete on a national talent show, and then he wins the portion of the show he's on. We follow his highs and lows as he goes through his career while the End Times rapidly approach.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a few favorite authors. Of the traditional variety, I enjoy reading Tom Clancy, Harry Turtledove, S.M. Stirling, and a couple of the Star Trek writers. As for indies, I've read and enjoyed Seb Kirby, J.C. Phelps, Richard Stephenson, K.C. May, just to name a few.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time promoting my novels all over the internet and occasionally in person.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I've discovered them through Kindleboards, Facebook, Twitter, and some other sites as far as indie books go.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of different genres for pleasure, even nonfiction. For fiction, I read alternate history/speculative fiction, political thrillers, End Times fiction, time travel, science fiction, and sometimes fantasy.

For non-fiction, I read a lot of biographies and historical books about the United States.
Published 2013-08-21.
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Books by This Author

The End Times Saga Box Set: A Christian Fiction Series (Books 1 - 7)
Series: The End Times Saga. Price: $15.99 USD. Words: 347,300. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
The End Times Saga Box Set is a Christian fiction series consisting of the seven novels in The End Times Saga. The seven novels are: Times of Turmoil, Times of Trouble, Times of Trial, Times of Rebellion, Times of Destruction, Times of Judgment, and Times of Tribulation.
Times of Tribulation: Christian End Times Thriller (Book 7)
Series: The End Times Saga, Book 7. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,190. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
The seventh and final novel in The End Times Saga spans the entire Tribulation as various characters try to survive the entire seven years.
Times of Judgment: A Christian End Times Thriller (Book 6)
Series: The End Times Saga, Book 6. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,410. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
The sixth novel in The End Times Saga goes through the last three and a half years of the seven year Tribulation Period. The world leader gets "assassinated" and Lucifer teams up with him after he's "resurrected" to become the Anti-Christ. They persecute Tribulation believers while trying to survive the Bowl Judgments as they inch closer to Armageddon.
Times of Destruction: A Christian End Times Thriller (Book 5)
Series: The End Times Saga, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 49,990. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
The fifth novel in The End Times Saga goes through the first three and a half years of the seven year Tribulation. The new world leader and his religious leader deal with biblical sized disasters, two Jewish witnesses who preach the gospel and annoy the world's sinners, and the leaders' attempts at bringing the world under his control.
Beyond the New Frontier (Alternate History)
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,200. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
This is the story of an alternate timeline where the timeline gets accidentally changed by time travelers in 1962 and all sorts of unintended consequences happen as a result.
Jon Ryan: A Christian End Times Short Story
Series: The End Times Saga. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,640. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Jon Ryan dreamed of becoming a doctor since he was a child. When the government takes over his profession, he continues to practice as medical plagues and disasters occur, with the government assuring him that everything's fine shortly before the end times.
Times of Rebellion: A Christian Novel (Book 4)
Series: The End Times Saga, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,350. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Book 4 of The End Times Saga. Can a nineteen year old stay true to his Christian faith he was brought up on when he's under the spotlight? Timothy Phillips becomes a famous singer shortly before the end times and discovers that fame isn't all that it's cracked up to be as the novel follows his ups and downs in the music industry.
Xavier Doolittle: A Christian End Times Short Story
Series: The End Times Saga. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,700. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
Xavier Doolittle is the Secret Service Chief at the White House. We follow him when he first goes to college and begins abandoning the Christian life. Eventually, he begins working for the government and falls for their propaganda regarding Christians and Conservatives. When the End Times approach, he discovers his attitude has been completely wrong in this short story in The End Times Saga.
Times of Turmoil: Christian End Times Thriller (Book 1)
Series: The End Times Saga. Price: Free! Words: 59,990. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Christian » Historical
The Evans family make it their mission to destroy Christian influence in the United States through wars, protests, and government tyranny in this first novel of seven in The End Times Saga. Book 1 of The End Times Saga.
Times of Trial: Christian End Times Thriller (Book 3)
Series: The End Times Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,640. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Book three of The End Times Saga. Three Christian families suffer from persecution as the President declares himself dictator, implements something called Order 21, and begins targeting his political and spiritual enemies. Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and Iran intensifies as the end times approach. Book 3 of the End Times Saga.
Times of Trouble: A Christian End Times Thriller (Book 2)
Series: The End Times Saga. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 44,790. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Christian » Futuristic
Book 2 of The End Times Saga. Brian Atwood works for the FBI. His work involves potential cases of terrorism. Recruited to become personal bodyguard for the President. His faith as a Christian is tested daily working for the President who has no morals from what Brian can see. We follow Brian as the U.S. slowly disintegrates around hm. Book 2 of the End Times Saga.
Dust Storm: A Christian Western Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,050. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Christian » Western
In this Christian western short story, 15 years after the Civil War, Matt comes through Tucson, where he stops at the local Cafe, meets a woman he instantly falls in love with, only for her father to order him to leave town. He doesn't, the daughter ends up kidnapped by Bandidos, and Matt and the father have to lay aside their differences to rescue the daughter. Can they? Find out what happens.
Voyager and the Aliens: Science Fiction Short Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
In this short story, aliens come across television broadcasts from an unknown planet to them. Then, they come across a probe from same planet that tells them everything they need to know about this planet and its people. They decide to visit the planet, but when they arrive, not everything is as it seems.
Shattered Earth: an alternate history science fiction novel
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,430. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Advanced humans leave Earth when its threatened by a massive meteor. The remaining humans on Earth fall back into primitiveness. The advanced humans, and a group of aliens involve Earth in an interstellar war. Thousands of years later, the humans of Earth decide to do something about this. Interstellar politics will never be the same again once Earth is done with their revenge.
Out of Time: A Time Travel Novel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,880. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the future, scientists discover that all time is fluid. Past, present, and future all exist at once, but time can still be changed. The US government decides to go to the past and right what once went wrong. The story takes place mostly in the 20th century, where our heroes meet Anne Frank, John F. Kennedy, just to name a few. Find out what happens when they return to their present.