Interview with Benjamin Smith

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote for public consumption was in the sixth grade. It was a story about a boy visiting Kennedy Space Center and his imagination runs away with him. He dreams of being on the Space Shuttle.
What is your writing process?
Confused! My characters are very real to me. in a way they speak for themselves, in my own head and then on the paper. Seriously, I know how and where I want the stories to go, but I let the characters speak for themselves. I use voice recognition software and act out the dialogue in my books so it feels all too real for me, and hopefully for the reader too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first real book i ever read was A Bridge to Taribithia. It moved my like I never knew I could be moved. I was 11.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to be relevant and have an impact.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything written by Tom Clancy for sheer pleasure. The history nerd in me loves every book written by David McCollough.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
IPad
Describe your desk
Cluttered.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Beaufort, SC is my home town and is really one of the central characters in my work. I am biased but, I pity anyone who has never experienced a sunrise over Port Royal Sound.
When did you first start writing?
In High school, I worked on the school paper and for the local newspaper stringing sports stories for $10 per byline.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Carousel is a total work of fiction, with some glints of my own personal back story. I wanted to write something darker that I had ever done before. Danny Gentry has hints of Benjamin Smith in him. Writing the story was the fulfillment of a promise I made to my own father.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My first experience with a traditional publisher was about as pleasant as a visit to the proctologist.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it easier for me to reach my audience. Ebooks will forever be the way the public reads.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing people smile when they read my work or hearing from readers who ask me questions about particular characters. It is the fans who have inspired me to bring Danny and company back for another book.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world. I would not be writing the follow up to Carousel had the fans not asked. More than anything I want to reach my fans with my words. To evoke an emotional response with my writing is my ultimate goal.
What are you working on next?
Perfectly Broken is it's title and it is a follow up to Carousel. Fans of Danny Gentry asked for another and it is my pleasure to write the character again. Danny's smart-assed nature really comes through in the new title and I think that the readers will love his view of the world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My incredible wife and my children. People ask what I worry about and I tell them breakfast, my younger kids and my wife expect breakfast every morning and it is my job to make sure they have it. when they have eaten I then start worrying about lunch.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords
Who are your favorite authors?
Tom Clancy, Pat Conroy, David McCollough, Joshua Hieghts
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being Daddy and husband to a family that is way too good to be mine.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) Beach Music by Pat Conroy : For me the characters in Beach Music hit really close to home, both literally and figuratively. It is the perfect portrait of growing up in the lowcountry of South Carolina.
2) A Bridge to Taribithia: This is the first book I ever read that effected my emotions.
3) The Hunt for Red October: The first Clancy book I ever read and I have re-read it about two dozen times.
4) The Old Man and the Sea: Hemingway, enough said.
5) Truman by David McCollough: The detail in this biography has always struck me as the most genuine. Truman was the last of the humble origins Presidents.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media is key to selling books and mine have all been sold through social interactions with readers.
Published 2014-07-26.
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Books by This Author

Carousel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,250. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Danny Gentry is a writer who has finally started to deal with his inner demons, that is until he receives the news of his ex-wife's murder. Susan Cobbler's death hurls him into an intrigue of secrets about his own life which have been hidden from him in plain sight. With his best friend running for President, the clock is ticking to find out what conspiracy led to the murder.