Interview with A R Braun

What are you working on next?
I'd prefer not to get into it that much, but I'll admit it's about evil.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's helped me to sell a few more books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing a rough draft, as well as reading a great book, which is part of writing. That's how you stay inspired and avoid writer's block.
Who are your favorite authors?
50s, 60s, 70s, and early 80s authors: Shirley Jackson, Ira Levin, Robert Marasco, Michael McDowell, Henry Farrell, and William March.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The gift of life from my God, Jesus Christ.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Socializing with my church or my neighbors. I'm fond of video games, too. I shouldn't say TV, but there it is.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From Amazon's list of authors' books that are like the one I'm reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a painful bit of crap called The Horrorwolves, which I penned at eighteen, not fit for the dung heap.
What is your writing process?
I write in the morning, network and promote in the early afternoon, revise and edit in the late afternoon, then read and study grammar & syntax at night.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, the first horror story I read was "The Telltale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe. It had a huge impact on me, for it was the first school assignment I ever liked, but I don't think I knew at sixteen that I'd be a horror author.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire someone who can create a cover for me. It's expensive, but worth it. If you get a cheap one that's a stock image, someone else can end up with the same cover. I've seen it happen.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin
2. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
3. The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty
4. Coffin County by Gary A. Braunbeck
5. In Silent Graves by Gary A. Braunbeck

They scared the hell out of me, that's why.
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror. I can't read anything else. It all bores me.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Touch. Unlike the Fire and Paperwhite, it doesn't have a light and reads like paper; therefore, it doesn't hurt my eyes.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Being nice to the fans and having a long conversation with them.
Describe your desk
Simple little writing desk. No hutch.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eighteen. All my friends and family read the stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had to. Couldn't find an agent or book contract. Of course being published is the goal. Self-pubbing is expensive and hard!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
Published 2015-12-18.
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