Interview with Charles Peterson Sheppard

How do you approach cover design?
I want to capture the eye in some way, naturally. Ideally, fictional cover design catches the eye or sparks curiosity about the subject matter.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stranger in a Strange Land (R. Heinlein): It was for me, as a young teen, my first truly thought-provoking epic novel.
Rabbit Hill (R. Lawson): A great story, read superbly by my fourth grade teacher to our class.
Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë') The characters are very emotional and raw.
It (Stephen King) It is a horror classic.
The Red and The Black (Stendahl) A psychological classic.
What do you read for pleasure?
Chess books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Media
Describe your desk
A pig sty?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country. I like to observe things in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
6 or 7
What's the story behind your latest book?
A Spanish translation of an earlier English pub
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Reality of the publishing business
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
A lot with distribution!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting someplace else in my head.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Very Important.
What are you working on next?
A new novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Heinlein, Stephen King
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Advertising and marketing my book!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Online marketing my book!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, not really; they were mostly cartoon panels, not prose.
Published 2014-11-13.
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Books by This Author

Flint of Dreams
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 112,750. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
When a young woman is assaulted and two young men murdered on the shores of Hemlock Lake in upstate New York, everybody knew that Asa 'Flint' Spencer did it. He was an angry young Seneca Indian of the Blue Heron Clan with a troubled past. Were they all wrong? And the government researchers seeking remote viewers in the war on terrorism had their eyes on Flint as well.