Interview with B. Neil Brown

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a book junkie. I read my first fantasy series when I was only 10 years old, and I would read whatever was on my parents bookshelf. I am still like that. I ask friends what they are reading, or I will look up an oldie but goodie on whatever site I am shopping and check out the "books like this" or "other people also bought" lists. I have found some great authors and books from those suggestive lists.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! And I can't access it anymore, unfortunately. I am a huge space sci/fi fan, and a fire fighter/EMT. The first story I ever wrote was a starship saga involving rescue services on board starships. It was saved to an old 450mb HDD in a creme colored laptop with a 7" screen running windows 95.

I still have the hard drive from that computer, but it BSOD a long time ago, and no one can get the data off of it. I didn't have the heart to start over. Maybe some day....
What is your writing process?
My writing process depends on what I am writing. My current project is an autobiography, and I just start at the beginning and pound it out as I remember it. With my fiction projects I will often write an informal outline if I have a hard set idea. If I get an idea for a great story while i am out and about, I will use either my smartphone or tablet to pound out the basics, then save it to DropBox. If you don't have DropBox, get it! It is a great thing for backing up your work, and sharing ideas with your beta readers quickly.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first novel I ever read was Castle Roogna by Piers Anthony. I fell in love with fantasy right then and there. I was only 10 years old at the time, and I didn't understand some of the puns at that age, but that just made re-reading the series when I got older more fun.
How do you approach cover design?
All I can say here is that you get what you pay for with cover art. As an indie author, it would be so easy for me to fire up paint (or gimp for me, as I am a Mac user) and try and make something that will work.
You can't judge a book by it's cover, but your readers will.
I hire out my cover art to a graphics designer. I tell them what I have in mind, and they take care of the rest.

i would suggest fiverr to any author who is looking for a good cover at a reasonable price.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. Nine Princes in Amber-- Because it's Amber, and all roads lead there. I am kinda partial to this Earth Shadow, though.
2. On A Pale Horse -- There are some extremely intelligent thoughts on faith, religion and God hidden away in that entire series. It is thought provoking as well as an awesome read.
3. Black Company Series, all of them -- Go read them and you will understand why they are favorites.
4. The Dresden Books -- Such a great read, funny, hard hitting, and Pixies eating pizza.
5. The Hobbit -- Because Tolkien was a genius, and it never gets old.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like urban fantasy, I like high fantasy, and I love science fiction. I am not a big fan of mysteries, but I do enjoy a good spy thriller.

Pretty much I will read anything for pleasure, even a textbook or two from college has been fun.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad, hands down. I just can't get into using an e-ink device. My mother swears by her Kindle e-ink, though.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, social media, social media. My current manuscript (and soon to be first published work) has already gotten notice and interest through facebook, twitter, and my blog,
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. I am a triple amputee, and when most people put their feet up to relax, I take my feet off! I have a nice big leather recliner that I put a big lap-desk board on, and do my writing there. I also do my college homework there, and anything else involving the computer. My monitor is a 40" television in front of my recliner!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in rural Western Kentucky, and recently moved back there. everything I seem to write has something to do with small town life, or the fire department. I grew up hunting and fishing, and I really feel like that gives me an edge when writing scenes that happen out in the country.

Plenty of times I have laughed when reading city-slicker authors write about country life and see them get it stereotypically wrong.
Published 2013-09-22.
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Books by This Author

Stand Tough
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 67,230. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014 by Flashover Press. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Emotions
B Neil Brown woke up one morning with a sore throat, and two weeks later was in a coma. When he awoke in a hospital bed a few weeks later it was with horrible pain, blackened fingers, and the prospect of losing his legs. Stand Tough is the true life tale of one man's fight with rare disease and multiple limb loss, and a courageous journey to beat the odds and walk again after triple amputations.