Interview with Anthony Mays

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
About thirty plus years ago I wrote a children's story called 'Zephyrus' and then followed it up with a few others that were going to be part of a anthology, but life got in the way. I didn't get back into writing until about eight years ago when I started my first novel, Halfway to a Southern Heart. That was five years in the making.
What is your writing process?
Generally, I've already chosen a story plot, and then make an outline of the chapters and choose the characters and their names. But I treat all my notes as living documents, as I inevitably make changes along the way. When I am in writing mode, I try to generate about 1,000 words a day, but I've learned not to force anything.
What are you working on next?
Currently, I am working on my fifth novel, but also have begun a collection of short 'creepy' stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Mostly the cost of going the traditional publishing route. But also, the length of time it takes to go through routine publishing processes. And my ego isn't so big as to think I'll write a blockbuster that could cover the expenses that come with using a publisher.
What do you want your readers to get out of your books?
I hope I give them an escape from their stresses. My books tend to be about 60,000 words which can easily be read in about six hours. I didn't want to write long stories that they have to put down and go back to over time. I just want them to have fun and stir some emotion in them. It's sharing a little bit of me with them.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It's been trial and error since I became a public author three years ago. I tried using Twitter, and while somewhat successful, I didn't feel generated the sales, and using that forum was difficult to gauge success. Facebook was a disaster, but perhaps I never learned to properly use it. I tried LinkedIn and have a Pinterest page but, for the most part , I believe my website has afforded me the best response.
How do you approach cover design?
That is something I leave to more talented artists. I have a vision of what I want and use cover designers. If what I envision isn't readily available, then their artists are willing to tweak it to my liking. Plus, they can make great suggestions to improve upon it.
Published 2016-08-26.
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