Interview with Orutakawa Tenga

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Creating digital artwork, or dealing with my disability, usually the latter sadly.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Friends & family loaners or recommendations.
What is your writing process?
Think about the result I am going for & start filling in the details along the way.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Far too long ago to remember the story, but it drove me to be creative from then on.
How do you approach cover design?
I use that old KISS mentality, as in "Keep It Stupidly Simple." Usually I let the book's content form an utterly understated yet poignant image in my mind, & then free source images that I can either combine and/or modify to suit my needs & purposes.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Go No Rin Sho, Living the Martial Way, Malachi from the NAV Fireside Study edition Bible, Hyperspace by Michio Kaku, & the Joshua series, authors names can be provided if asked, the books both expand and focus my intellectual, emotional, & spiritual horizons.
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever is at hand.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Too new at this to answer, but hopefully a hybrid grassroots a la boots to ground, and a grapevine word o mouth recommendation marketing combination method will do the trick for now.
Describe your desk
Usually a mechanical pencil, a notebook, & the nearest writing friendly surface.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Southeast Texas, & it really had no appreciable effect on my writing other than an urge to reach beyond.
What's the story behind your latest book?
No story actually inspired my cookbook, I was just in my head thinking up some cocktails I'd love to share with the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Quite simply, the joy is in seeing the work being produced & knowing that I am an author, an artist, a memer, etc., brings me joy knowing I can create something out of little more than a mental whisper wafting upon a nearly unconscious zephyr, is just sheer mental ecstasy for me. I feel, no I KNOW, that enjoying the process however frustrating at the time is a part of my few joys.
What do your fans mean to you?
Being that <u> Kosmic Kocktails, </u> is my first book, where my art fans are concerned, they mean more to me than any gold, diamond, or bauble ever would, they aren't the reason I do things per se, but their enjoyment and maybe admiration are so greatly appreciated, there are NO words to adequately describe my reciprocated feelings of appreciation and dare I say love for them.
What are you working on next?
Either a return to my digital artwork or a sequel/companion volume to my first published eBook.
Who are your favorite authors?
Unfortunately categorizing author by favoritism is really not my milieu, but I do enjoy Miyamoto Musashi, Forrest E. Morgan Maj.(Ret'd), and the Old Testament prophet Malachi from the Bible.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The joy of knowing that I have one more morning with free effortless breaths & an urge to be the best version of myself possible.
Can you give an example of one of your cocktails to tease readers?
Yes, the simplest example of which has to be my tenth cocktail, The Sonic Screwdriver; it consists of 4 1/2 oz. orange juice from concentrate bar/drinker's choice variety, made with Perrier or any club soda, and 1 1/2 oz. drinker's choice vodka. I designed this simple twist on the classic screwdriver cocktail to have a carbonation induced fizzing in the mouth and thus "sonic" buzzing in he drinker's ears, and since I brought that added aspect into play an obvious reference to Doctor Who's omnipresent tool was a no brainer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well I figured that since I don't have the necessary connections to be an established "Brick and Mortar," paperback, hardcover, etc. author, and I can't really see myself doing a 9-5 job with my disabled hip, I couldn't go too wrong by publishing an indie authored eBook, & at the very least if it doesn't become a runaway success, I could at least become financially comfortable with whatever sales profit I do receive from this & any other eBooks I write & publish.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Being that my first publication here is Kosmic Kocktails, I'll have to delay officially answering this question for a month or two after 10-24-2014 or 24-10-2014, depending on your country's/region's calendar short-handing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
At the moment, I can NOT remember the first story I ever wrote that was ever fully completed for any purpose other than school projects.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
II really have no choice of preferred e-reading device, I have only ever borrowed others' devices to read something they wanted to peruse.
When did you first start writing?
You can say that I have always been writing, usually an odd thought or so, an occasional poem or verse, & the odd journal tidbit to remember things of note.
So why did you chose the pen name of Orutakawa Tenga?
Simply put, my nom de plume comes from the name I have been called in many a dream dreamt through my life I have even a sliver of remembrance, as well as a somewhat of a self-motivational incantation that brings more energy, strength or power be it physical, mental, etc., to bear to deal with a situation at hand, & I know that it is a unique and very hard to publicly miss if/when called for recognition.
Published 2014-10-24.
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Books by This Author

Kosmic Kocktails: A Sci-Fi Fans Mixology Cookbook
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Beverages - Bartending, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Beverages - Wine & Spirits
This is a Sci-Fi fan's mix drinks recipe book featuring unique flavor profiles, textures, & unheard of mix & match liquor, liqueurs, wines, & misc. ingredients, with Sci-Fi themes. This cookbook is a surefire way to experience new & exotic potables & comestibles. I encourage you to purchase this entire e-book, because you get 30 recipes.