Interview with Adam Francis Smith

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is the ability to create real characters that have real feelings and face real problems, even if they are in a fictional realm. Sharing my writing with others and showing these characters off is a real thrill.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything to me. Fans are the feedback that keeps me writing and constantly improving. I love to feed my fans what they need, and they respond. The feedback motivates me to write more and to write better and helps me keep a thumb on the pulse of what's to be expected of me.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a book of poems, of a rather dark variety, to be published on Smashwords by November, 2014 as well as a book of zombie stories featuring a handful of recurring characters in a variety of death-defining and defying situations.
Who are your favorite authors?
My reading habits change, based on what I'm currently writing, but I always seem to come back to a few standby authors such as Tolkien, Eddings, Michener, Dick Francis and all the classics of literature such as Austen, Poe and Twain, to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Facing the challenges of each new day is reason enough to get out of bed. I'm always entertained by the simple task of getting through the day, whether it is the height of adventure, or the dregs of despair. I learn from every waking moment and I apply what I learn in my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a day job as a commercial real estate appraiser, so I spend a large amount of my day at a regular job. Another chunk of my day is spent reading, while the rest is given up to writing and spending time with my lovely wife, sharing the mundane duties of marriage and the mysteries of our relationship, which never fails to surprise us.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I enjoy reading reviews and often find books in that way, but I also browse websites and search engines. Recommendations from friends would be another way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was probably a fictional account of an actual event that occurred when I was very young, in which my mother took me shopping and we witnessed a bicycle theft from a rack outside the public library. The incident left quite an impression on me and it was my first real experience with crime, the police, and the hassle of trying to do the right thing, as we were detained as witnesses for hours and hours.
What is your writing process?
I ask myself questions and then I answer them. If I like the answers, then I'll write a few paragraphs or a very short story based on a question and the answer. From there, I'll decide if it's worthy of filling out to become a complete story, or perhaps a poem, and I'll get to work. Work usually means composing on my pc keyboard, editing and proofreading as I go, to quickly develop a complete first draft. Then I edit, edit, edit and eventually a complete story or poem pops out. The process involves nothing more than making the time to write, though sometimes I'll use notecards to help me remember key elements of setting, plot or characters, and I find myself on the search engines often, seeking definitions of words or background information on story elements, for example, I might look at maps, recipes, or "how to" articles so I can better understand my story and keep it real.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was probably a fable by Aesop, I think, entitled Sour Grapes, in which a wolf is trying to leap to reach a bunch of high-hanging grapes and when he cannot reach them, convinces himself that they were sour anyway. I was fascinated that he would want those grapes so badly and then because he could not have them, would say they were sour. I immediately connected it with the way people sometimes are and then could not read enough fables, which led me to reading stories and novels, of course.
How do you approach cover design?
I prefer simple covers with little detail, since you cannot judge a book by its cover. But I'm learning that covers are great marketing tools and so I'm sure I'll begin to trust professional designers as I move forward with my writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I cannot name only five, and the list would be different on any given day, because I am always finding myself drawing from what I've read when certain circumstances arise that a relative to something I've read. But still, I think that To Kill A Mockingbird will always remain near the top of my list, along with Lucifer's Hammer, The Goal (non fiction), So You Want To Write (non fiction) and any of the great classics.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an old Nook, because it was a gift and I haven't had need to replace it yet. I also read ebooks on my pc, particularly when I can get them in .pdf format.
Describe your desk
An organized mess. I like to have what I may need near to me, so I never have to be away from my desk for long. At any given moment you may find a calculator, phone, wrist watch, calendar, camera, chewing gum, coffee mug (full or empty) scissors, coin jar, my nook, notebook, a candle, eye drops, tissues, back scratcher, hair brush, envelopes, manila folders, stacks of business cards, note cards, flash drives, loose buttons and my wallet, all on my desk and often at the same time. The desk itself is a cheap, laminated pine-look wooden desk made to look older, with a file drawer and a drop down keyboard drawer. It's pretty beat up, but only because its truly a cheap piece of furniture. I can seem to seriously consider an upgrade, but I know the time is coming and I fear what a new desk might do to my routine.
Published 2014-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Poems About Life and Shit
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,620. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
This collection of short, easy to read poems, will have you questioning the purpose of life, the point of relationships, fate and karma and death. Each poem answers a question about why we are here, or what a person might do in a particular circumstance. Some are funny and exist simply to entertain, while others are serious and dark and were written to get the readers to ask their own questions.
The Rescue
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,560. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Berilean Corr has been thrown in jail and left to rot. His brother Crowenn and best friend, Delbane the dwarf come up against monstrous half-orcs, a giant oaf, jail guards and a tribe of trolls, all in the name of rescue. Will Crow and Delbane save Bear before he's executed? Find out in this humorous fantasy adventure.