Interview with Baraza JM

What do you read for pleasure?
I read almost anything, provided it is well-written, engaging has depth and is thought-provoking. Preference goes to intelligent use of literary tools and license
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Apple iPad
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is my first book ever. However, author reputation has led me to seek out certain books, as has the use of clever titles
Describe your desk
Cluttered with books, a laptop, a mug of coffee and an iPad... haha
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the countryside, with limited exposure to electronic distractions such as television. I naturally found solace in books, and by age 8 I was reading several steps above my level. This opened up a whole new world to me: the world of fantasy, curiosity, infinite knowledge and a need to keep reading. My writing has thus been a way to join that world, to be a fellow explorer as well as influence the thinking of those around me. Rather than depend on a somebody else's idea of anything, with writing I can create an entire universe exactly the way I want it
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 1993, at the age of 8
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book is actually my first, a non-fiction. It is a compilation of my newspaper articles, along with some addenda. Being subjected to my newspaper editor's whims, I felt it was about time I did things exactly as I visualized them originally
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be an author all along. Naturally, I also wanted to get published. Unlike before, the world today has a lot more authors than it did, say, 10 years ago, and so getting a publishing house to notice you, buy your manuscript and publish it then pay you royalties is become almost impossible. Rather than pay hundreds of thousands of dollars that I don't have to publish a book, I found it more practical to start out independent and try to make a name for myself. THEN maybe, just maybe, a publishing house will notice my work
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first book. My success is yet to be seen
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing for me is a way of release. It is also a way to create worlds, influence opinion and engage and talk to many people who I will most likely never meet
What do your fans mean to you?
Without my fans, maybe I would have chosen to do something else. It is because of my fans that I stick to writing
What are you working on next?
The second instalment to the series. It is not a sequel, or an addition; but the works are related
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham. Barbara Kingsolver. Sidney Sheldon. Tom Clancy. Danielle Steele. The list is a little long
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
As of the past few weeks: the need to see my book published
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Talking long walks. Finishing projects not related to books or writing. Spending time with my son
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just trawl the internet until I see something I might like
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I come up with an idea. I write it as it develops in my mind. Once I get to the end of it, i start reading what I have just written, ironing out inconsistencies, fleshing out some details, eliminating redundant and/or irrelevant material, polishing expressions, phrases and sentences. I do this repeatedly until I am fairly satisfied with what I have.
Published 2014-06-11.
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Books by This Author

Where There Is A Wheel
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 28,060. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Handbooks & Manuals
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The book is a compilation of a selection of Baraza J M's newspaper articles focusing on the ownership of a motor vehicle. It is a highly summarized "handbook", outlining helpful tips and hints on the following: - Acquiring a motor vehicle - Demystifying commonly misunderstood motor vehicle concepts - Driving a motor vehicle efficiently and competently - Maintaining a motor vehicle