Interview with Andrew Mowere

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Way too much. There's the simple joy in a mug and some nice sunny side up eggs. There are showers and hard work and good weather and loved ones. To explain, there is little that could keep me IN bed each day. Pillows are rather tempting, however.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly thinking about writing. I have a number of hobbies, ranging from martial arts to learning italian badly (io sono Andrew...)
Still, I spend an large chunk of my time writing. It's a great activity to get into.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Often it's by chance. There is, in my opinion, more merit in looking for a completely unknown author with a fresh point of view than to wait for your favorite to publish something new. I'm drawn to simple cover art and an interesting synopsis. Just last week I was delighted by "The black company", although its final chapters still escape me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
To completion? yes, it was horrible. Just absolutely horrendous. Ah, the times when you wish for a handy memory erasing tool from "Men in Black".
What is your writing process?
It is just chaos. when writing, I first and foremost work with instinctive creativity. You put yourself in a scene, next to the main character, and you allow things to happen. While they do, play the part of a record keeper. Often there is instrumental music to fit the mood and enough coffee for me to miss a year of sleep.

I now realize how haughty that sounds. I'm sorry. There are many ways to write, and creative descriptive writing is just one of them.
How do you approach cover design?
I love simplicity, dark backgrounds, and atmospheric qualities. For the longest time, it kept me from reading Salvatore, because of how cluttered and specific his covers are. It was only when I realized what I was missing out on that this prejudice of mine mellowed down.
It is a plus for the cover to have a hidden message or significance that you realize only very near the end of the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The name of the wind: wonderful concept, wonderful character development (although I disagree with the logic of people changing that much), and the words. Oh the words. Rothfuss forged them with a hammer.
The invisible ring: Daemon Sadi's quote about love near the end has stayed with me ever since. It remains similar to the way that I see pure love.
Wizard's first rule: picked it up far too late. it has great depth.
magyck: septimus heap's world is narrated in such a quirky and fun manner. There are often hidden heroes and a coincidence. Very life like.
The northern lights: although the love builds up there throughout the trilogy.
oh no... can I only have five? there are too many good books!
What do you read for pleasure?
everything with the word fantasy in it. I usually prefer romance to be at the side, at best. I have yet to really warm up to the stuff.

then again, steampunk is amazing. sci fi can get a little complicated, I find, but still worth the reads.

Symbolism has to be my weakpoint.
Describe your desk
A rift between worlds, an abyss of chaos. A safety hazard. I try my best to deal with the beast once a week, yet am vanquished each time.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As an online author, you are able to reach a virtually unlimited number of readers. It really is a good enough reason, especially if you think readers would benefit from what you wrote.
What do your fans mean to you?
Such a complicated question. They are wonderful for me, but I urge any fan not to think of me as more than just a guy. I am not worth anything more than anything else, and certainly not better than anyone in any inherent capacity.

For a long time, I looked down on people who had fans and "acted amazed" by them. I thought it a spiel, an act to get even more love. They pretended to care and cry and be shocked that someone liked their work. Then I got my first review by someone I didn't know and it hit me where it hurts. A friend of mine, who also writes, always urged me to accept the sincerety of both fans and the people they they support, now I do. Thank you, Meredith.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The wolf and the mother hen. My older sister read it to me. I felt bad for the wolf.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop. I don't really like having many devices.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twittter, setting free books on Smashwords, and praticipating in forums. I feel like slowly building semi friendships online has somehow added far more than I thought.
When did you first start writing?
about a year and a half ago. Until that very moment, it had never occured to me. However, I remember reading books as a child, enraged with plot twists and fantasizing about making the author change them. Now I know better.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Final Death is about a man who lost everything and wants to go to the extreme of kindness. He wishes to abolish death and create the possibility of a better life for everyone. Azrael Windslayer plans on destroying the force known as death whilst his student in the ways of the world, Glint Stryger, works on erecting social systems that better the lives of Ability Users and Normals alike.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I would not have been able to publish a thing without smashwords. My first draft of the debut novel was so horrible, no one dared touch it with a stick nor offer advice. Through smashwords I tried, got feedback, and reworked, learning what should have been basic publishing knowledge.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The writing itself.
What are you working on next?
Once I finish The Final Death, I intend on exploring the other realm I wrote of, Grimea. Once I get a few books in there, I'd like to go back to the realm Glint and Azrael reside in. Perhaps even tell the stories of the Unchained.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patrick Rothfuss is currently my favorite. The way that man writes...
Published 2016-10-04.
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Gypsy King
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Old Man Spider
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Ilia's life is saved by a scarred old man in dirty clothes. In the frozen slums of Gretta, such kindness is strange, especially towards an abandoned slave. Little does the boy know that he has crossed paths with a manipulator of destiny's very strings, one who could hand out good or evil at the drop of his short-brimmed gray hat. What does Old Man Spider have in store for Ilia?
When a Man Bleeds
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Heroes
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