Interview with Benjamin N

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the specifics, but I was told, after that, that I had a gift for writing.
What is your writing process?
In my imagination, I give my characters the faces and personalities that they have in the stories. I put them in the situation and let them go and see what they do and what they say. I then write that.
How do you approach cover design?
In order to really stand out, covers, for me, need to be very dynamic and very eye catching. I know that the covers I make are that way, and it's what I wanted them to look like. I had a rather bland cover for the first Volume when I began this process, but I changed it to the one I have now.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
All of the Scriptures, because they give me the guidance I need, and all the Star Wars books by Timothy Zahn.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am, as you can probably guess, really big into science-fiction.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'll say my Kindle. It's the only one I have.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Mostly word-of-mouth. I keep my PhiraSword hash tag at ready every time I'm on Facebook, and I have the website up.
Describe your desk
It's made of wood. It's also a great support for all that I keep on it, whether it's really supposed to be there or not.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Spokane Washington, but I'm pretty sure that my creative streak happened to spring up much earlier. I don't want to go into it at this time though.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Pretty much all of PHiraSword is based on a dream I had a long time ago. I was taken to another place to fight a frightening enemy. I tried to write what I dreamed, but it seemed slow and just not right. Over the years since then, I have continued to try and keep up with it when I found it not working right. This final time, the ideas kept on flowing and moving until the story, which, at the time, grew from one volume to four, grew to a total of thirteen. I don't know how many others might come up, but I am not against the idea of keeping PhiraSword growing even further.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
About the biggest problem I had was that I would have to send my works out to many publishers and get their ideas on what I did wrong. I knew it would take time as this wasn't my first attempt at publishing this saga, but then a friend told me about self=publishing, where I don't have to put up with agents or editors, but, if I was careful enough with the writing and good enough, I could make it through without having to worry about royalties to anyone else. The idea intrigued me, so I found the sites that would help.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get the ideas to come out of my head and onto paper, and the joy of not only seeing it on the screen but, when possible, in paperback is something that I cannot fully express my joy in. And to actually say I'm a published author is something I've wanted to say for a long time.
What do your fans mean to you?
If, by coming into my world, they come away with an appreciation for the work, assuming it's good enough, then get the word out and tell others they know about PhiraSword, then that would be the greatest for me. I'm not the one that will make everything progress and more books to sell, they are.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on finishing up the editing draft for Volume 4, one of my favorites, and I'm also starting on Volume 5 while I'm working on a few other, non-PhiraSword books.
Who are your favorite authors?
Timothy Zahn, J.K. Rowliing, Gerald N. Lund, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stephenson, those are a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sometimes just the idea of facing a new day, but, if I'm honest, some days I don't want to get out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sometimes I go to Facebook and make comments on the posts in there, sometimes I watch something on Netflix, Youtube or Hulu, sometimes I just want to play a game.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Many of them I've read before in non-ebook format. Some just look interesting.
When did you first start writing?
I was in 4th grade and I wanted to impress this girl I had a bad crush on.
Published 2014-05-23.
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Books by This Author

Champion of the PhiraSword; Volume 2 of the PhiraSword Saga
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 97,790. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The Arboc Zone, now that the Chadoin War is won, anxiously awaita the arrival of The Darkness. In a tragedy that seems to confirm this new nightmare that has arrived is the Darkness, the Arboc Forces are sent to scour the universe for the prophesied Champion, a journey that will lead them to a small world in the corner of an insignificant galaxy in a desperate search to find the Champion.
Warriors of the PhiraSword
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,880. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
When Risti is forced to do the unthinkable, she's thrown into a war that is being quietly fought, in their home, the Arboc Zone. She meets friends, learns about a wider world, and is betrayed, falsely accused and watches as things threaten to implode as a Prophecy that seems to tell these things is about to come to pass. How do they beat an enemy that can be called "The Shadow."