Interview with Brendon Meynell

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually search around the internet, attempt to find good books that interest me that has good reviews. There is nothing worse than thinking you have found a fabulous book only for it to be very ordinary and therefore making the reader disappointed.

I look for reviews, feedback and what the basic concept of the book is. I like to read something new and out there not just an idea that is continuously copied.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It wasn't very good it was at Primary School in New Zealand I wrote a short story about being stuck on a deserted ship that was continuously drifting.

If I remember rightly the teacher actually gave us the first line: "It was a dark and stormy night when we were on the boat in the middle of the ocean when..." and it was our home work to write the rest of the book.

Our story writing homework was my favorite homework and probably the only piece I completed at the top of my capabilities.
What is your writing process?
I think of an idea, work on the idea, ramble about my idea, write the first chapter and spend probably the next month continuously changing that chapter around just to make me happy.

Once that is completed I actually start work on the rest of the book. Usually I have the end with the twist or whatever my story is about, then I work out the beginning of how it all starts and spend the bulk of the time fighting my inner demons on how the middle should be played out.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
To be honest the first story was SPOT the dog. It was very basic but I remember the teacher at school reading it over and over and then sending it home with us to continue learning the words.

I had memorized the book as she read and went home just repeating what the words were. My parents thought I was a genius. And then my mother turned to a page and asked me what it said and I had no idea.

Although this was a "baby book" it has impacted my by showing me how you can easily get people to believe what you want, and it is something I try to do in my books. Get people to believe what is happening on the page, make them believe that they could be caught up in the drama.
How do you approach cover design?
Once I come up with the concept for my story, I actually start looking and thinking about the cover. Searching around and attempting to find something that interests me that I think fits into my story.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I like to read biographies and horror based stories. I do hate when people just copy horror story themes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer. With my work I spend more time at my computer than anywhere else.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook is one of the leaders. I have friends, family, associates, and people I play games against. When I publish a new book the first thing I do is post about it on there and that immediately builds up traffic for my story.
Describe your desk
Bomb Site. When I am writing I have my speakers going (full blast), I have all my ideas written down, and have my latest draft in front of me as I attempt to re-work it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in New Zealand (Wanganui to be exact) and my family moved to Australia when I was 12 back in November 1997.

This has influenced me because I have lived in the small town, and the big city, while also living in Queensland's premier holiday strip the Gold Coast. By doing this I have seen many different types of people, seen and heard a vast amount of crimes. And lived in different living styles.

This has influenced my writing by knowing how people are and act depending on where they are living.
When did you first start writing?
At age 5 I started short story writing, however in my adult life I started writing the "Big Boy Stories" at the age of 27.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book came from a holiday experience my partner Carla and I went through.

We were driving from the Gold Coast back to Sydney and in the middle of the night there was drizzle, and we needed to stop at one of the Rest Areas that are scattered along the Pacific Highway.

While stopped we also had a smoke and while we were there it was a creepy looking Rest Area, and we both swear we heard footsteps. Carla freaked out while I didn't want to miss out on the rest of my smoke and she was threatening that if anything happened she was gone.

About 20minutes later we were laughing that it was the perfect setting for a horror movie and that is where my book came from.

Considering the slogan for these Rest Areas are Stop, Revive, Survive it was a logical choice for the name of the first part of the book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to get back into my writing and release it to people, readers, friends, family all over the world.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is coming up with an idea and being able to put it down on paper (or now in the new technology age - on computer).

I don't care for money, I write because I like to write, and the thought that someone is travelling to work on public transport, going away on holiday, lying in a nice hot bath or in bed about to rest for the night reading a story I wrote, a story I dedicated much time and energy on is very satisfying and brings me allot of joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my inspiration. For every person who reads my book(s) it shows me that there are people out there who are into the same type of story ideas I come up with and whether they leave feedback or not I know there is an audience out there for my ramblings that turn into a book.

If I could travel the world and thank all of my fans personally I'd do it without a doubt.
What are you working on next?
My next project is probably my biggest. I am working on 13-short horror stories to be released in time for Friday 13 February 2015 - coming up with one unique idea is hard enough yet coming up with thirteen of them and writing to my abilities is allot tougher, but I want my friends, family and fans to have a great Friday 13th by reading new and improved stories.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I currently run the South West Sydney Touch Association, where we are the area's only junior touch football competition and continue to break down the barriers of senior touch football within the region.

I am also a former Volunteer Bush Fire Fighter, and dedicate my time to the Benevolent Society to assist those in need.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As a parent it is my role to encourage my children as they get older to follow their dreams. I'd be a hypocrite if I was doing that and didn't take the opportunity to follow my dream of one day becoming a published author.

Therefore by writing my own stories I am getting my name out there, while still being able to work on my dream.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children. Mohammad, Bailey, Laith and Christopher.
Published 2014-06-07.
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Books by This Author

The Last Resort
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,940. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
Scott and Amanda are two love birds who after years of being together are finally heading on their first holiday together. However when they stumble amongst a small town deep in the middle of nowhere, the find themselves in a fight for life or death when the towns citizens get over run by a virus during the natural blood moon occurance.
Collection of Fear - A horrific short story collection
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,450. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
This halloween why not sit back with Collection of Fear - A horrific short story collection. From ghosts, to time travel, an intergallactic battle for life and death, to a killer finding his groove again this book is sure to make the hairs on your neck stand up and pay attention. Ten stories have been written from scratch to keep you on the edge of your seat this Halloween.
Abigail
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,330. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Special Agent Catherine Macgregor must disobey direct orders as she teams up with Private Investigator Jonathan Blake to hunt down her nine-year-old daughters abductor, and the murderer of her baby sitter. With twists and turns leaving you wondering whether Abigail is alive, and who is responsible this book will keep you on the edge of your seat with an ending no one saw coming.
Stop, Revive, Survive: Terminus
Series: Stop, Revive, Survive:, FINAL. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
(4.00)
The Stop, Revive, Survive trilogy comes to a surprising and unexpected ending when victims Stephanie Stevens and Darcy return to the scene that their families were brutally murdered by our serial killer in an attempt to prove their sanity and to bring their attacker to justice one way or another. The trilogy brings this Australian horror thriller to a shocking, and unexpected end.
Stop, Revive, Survive: The Pursuance
Series: Stop, Revive, Survive:, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,970. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
(4.67)
The horror in the Australian wilderness continues, with our deranged psychopathic killer back on the hunt and this time with a new family to torture. Last time he made a mistake and one of his potential victims got away, will he make the same mistake again? Stop, Revive, Survive: The Pursuance is the second book in the Stop, Revive, Survive trilogy.
Stop, Revive, Survive?
Series: Stop, Revive, Survive:, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,320. Language: Australian English. Published: September 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Horror » General
(4.75)
A young family returning from a trip from the Gold Coast finds themselves in a life or death fight against a deranged maniac after stopping at a rest area. With the family of four attempting to out-wit, out-last, and out-smart their attacker will they make it out alive?