Interview with C. A. Broadribb

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm old-fashioned and read books on paper. So why do I publish e-books then? Because other people like reading them, and because it's easy to publish things that way.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Offering my books to people who know me personally. However, the number of people in the world who I don't know is always going to greatly exceed the number of people I do, so I need to find out how to market books to them.
Describe your desk
I have two desks. They are both wooden and brown. One has a computer on it and one has various papers and things.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Perth. It only influenced my writing in that I write stories set in cities not rural areas, since I'm used to the former and not the latter.
When did you first start writing?
I have a photo taken when I was six years old of a silly little story that I wrote on the blackboard at home, partly based on 'Jack and Jill'.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'I Tied an Onion to my Belt' is a short collection of funny auto-complete suggestions from the world's largest search engine. I figured I would give it away free to spark interest in my longer collection, 'Wisdom From the Web'. The latter has fictitious characters providing a storyline and funny commentary on a variety of topics.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Is there any other sort of author? If a major publishing house commissioned me to write something, I'd be delighted, but that has yet to happen.

If the question is really 'What motivated you to become an author?', it's the fact that I like writing and using my imagination. I enjoy reading and want to write things that other people will enjoy.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I only just joined Smashwords so it's a bit early to say. I published 'I Tied an Onion to my Belt' a couple of days ago and 18 people have downloaded it and two people have added it to their library, so I'm off to a good start.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Using my imagination and making up anything.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm happy if people enjoy reading my work.
What are you working on next?
I'm de-editing a children's story I wrote years ago, 'Sarah's Adventure'. That is, I had made many changes to it before I self-published it in hard-copy, but now I'm changing it back close to how it was originally (but keeping the changes I made to make the plot make sense).
Who are your favorite authors?
I read a wide variety of books. I like many authors. Raymond Chandler was brilliant. His books have great atmosphere and he could write pages of description and commentary and make it interesting. They're full of action and excitement too. Of course, his plots are even more ridiculous than mine.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's an odd question. Everyone gets out of bed each day. I never thought that anybody needed any particular inspiration for it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Work that I know for a fact I'll get paid for, and ordinary activities and hobbies.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't read ebooks. I read hardcopy books. I look at them in bookstores or libraries or borrow them from people.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That would be the story I wrote on the blackboard at home. I also have a longer story I wrote when I was nine, 'The Water Monster'. I still have the original in a photo album.
What is your writing process?
I usually write on paper first, then edit and revise it as I type it up on the computer. Sometimes I use Dragon Naturally Speaking instead of typing. It's easier on the fingers.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first one I read, but I remember reading 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' in the school library when I was 12 and thinking that it was amazing; exciting and imaginative. A great adventure.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't really have any graphic design skills, so I find other people to design them or use a pre-set design online.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a wide variety of novels. I like plot-driven genre fiction.
Published 2015-01-15.
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Books by This Author

I Tied an Onion to my Belt
Price: Free! Words: 800. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Nonfiction » Computers & Internet » Web / search engines
I tied an onion to my belt/ I tied a knot/ I'm tongue tied and terrified/ Then I tied an onion to my belt. The auto-complete function of our favourite search engine comes up with some funny little poems! This book has a collection of them.