Interview with Chris Navarre

Who are your favorite authors?
I personally find the writings of Stephan Molyneux to be particularly brilliant. Fantasy is all well and good but what truly inspires me are people who are dedicated to improving the conditions of the world through philosophy and independent media outreach.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
You can probably guess from some of the books that I've written that I'm a bit of a technology geek and a gamer at heart. Beyond that I do like to get out and explore off the beaten path wherever possible.
How do you discover the eBooks you read?
Primarily from the opinions of people I've already trusted for a long time. This could be YouTube channels, blogs, or recommendations from other books. The power of a trusted opinion is strong.
What is your writing process?
I actually wrote a whole article on this which I'll post back up on my current blog. After coming up with a general idea, I only loosely outline then delve straight into working out the core of the book. I try to have the majority of the rough draft finished before I tear apart what works and what doesn't work. After stripping out and replacing parts of my content that aren't up to par, I try to read through it as a reader would and continue editing as I go.
How do you approach cover design?
This is something which is often in flux. I try to get a color scheme that lets the text stand out as much as possible. These days, I'm leaning towards big and bold title sizes are the way to go. Any images in your cover should clearly reflect the book's material of course and I like to have images be full cover size.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Any kind of Android tablet. Call me biased, but I've been acclimated to the Android operating system for some time now and I am quite fond of it. I don't really like e-reading devices which only allow you to read books and nothing else.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ability to do things my way and work for myself. I think it's important for those who believe that they have good ideas to put them to the test and writing books is a great place for a person to work hard on things individually.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has a great distribution system by delivering books not only to the Smashwords store but also to many other online retailers. I'm also very fond of being able to set affiliate rates for any of your books. I've marked my percentage up to 25% on any referrals because I do want to get the word out there and to properly thank anyone who helps out.
Published 2015-06-25.
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Books by This Author

101 Tips for Roleplaying Games
Series: How to Play Role-playing Games. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,090. Language: English. Published: June 24, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles and brain twisters
Contained within this book are 101 fully elaborated tips for players of role playing games to cover many aspects of playing the games inside and outside of the game itself. This book focuses upon those elements of role playing games that can be applied across all systems and for many different types of players.
101 Tips for Game Masters
Series: How to Play Role-playing Games. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,550. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles and brain twisters, Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this book are 101 fully elaborated tips for every step of the role-playing game mastering process. All 101 tips contained in this book are intentionally cross-game system for how to be a good game master rather specific mechanics of individual systems. It's not easy playing as the game master but all players respect a good one. Become that person and enjoy playing better games with your group!
250 Plot Starters for Storytellers
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,360. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books, Nonfiction » Reference » Playwriting
Often times, the toughest part of writing a good story is simply coming up with a good starter idea. Once you have an idea in mind, you can easily build upon it by asking yourself questions. In this book I aim to provide you ample plot starters for creating your own story across many different genres. Contained within the book are a total of 250 unique ideas for your stories.
Get the Most Out of your Android Phone in 2015
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,030. Language: American English. Published: April 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Hardware / handheld devices
Android phones are more versatile than you might think. With this guide, you will learn about features and applications that can unlock your phone into a device that serves you in many ways beyond simple phone calls and texting.