Interview with Ronald Zastre

What is your writing process?
I think about the story in general, but don't try to write it through, I put my random thoughts down and build and fill in the blanks. This gives me a good base and incouragement. Along the way a lot of good ideas pop up. I tell people interested in giving writing a try, "You don't write a book, you build it."
How do you approach cover design?
I try to start the story with the cover. There are many covers in a book, like there's good titles.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read about anything, except romance and heavy religion. Funny though, one of my books I catagorize as a romantic comedy. It's a friendship forming, no sex.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I Pad
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
That's my current project. The easy part is writing the book
Describe your desk
My bed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Fargo ND. I didn't start writing until well after I moved away. But my father was the golf supt for the country club there, and i was able to roam and I guess that's where I got my imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I started with budgets, then business plans and plans, then some tech writing. My first novel I was thirty three.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a friend of mine and her dysfunctional family, a comedy.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not much in the way of sales yet, but all my books are available, easily.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I'm proud of myself, keeps me happy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Don't have enough fans to really think about it.
What are you working on next?
Marketing
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The Sun coming up.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No
Published 2014-03-28.
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