Interview with John C. Vos

When did you first start writing?
I started writing about 5 years ago after I had a vision of a lamp, like a Genie Lamp, that we being cleared out of my mother-in-law's house.
What's the story behind your latest book?
"Legion" is a story about entrapment; about good and evil. Six brothers from another world, was brought to Earth by their father. Somehow, the evil brother, Wodri, managed to confine his five other brothers in an oil lamp. Wodri wanted to succeed his father to the throne. When their father sent his Gwafti to come and check on his sons, the Gwafti discovered what Wodri had done and he split Wodri's body into three alabaster jars. 1000's of years later, the five brothers were discovered in a deserted cave by a debauched pirate. Wodri had to reunite his three jars urgently, before his brothers could make their way back home.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My need to write and to share this powerful story.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provide me the platform to an international audience.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Completing; sitting back, and reading my own words.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything!
What are you working on next?
I am writing a sequel to Legion.
Who are your favorite authors?
Andre Brink, Wilbur Smith, John Grisham, Sidney Sheldon
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My zest for life!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love outdoor adventure and working with youth. I love spending time with my sons.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Being blind, I do this assistance from friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Legion is my first
What is your writing process?
I have had a very traumatic experience in my life. There is much I had gone through. I guess, when the soul is tormented there are many words and stories to tell...my words flow naturally from there.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really.
How do you approach cover design?
With the assistance of others. I have an idea in my head and describe this to people who assist with the design. Because I am blind, I always imagine cover images that are somewhat blurred.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Since I lost my sight, I have read immensely - or consumed many books; which ever way one 'looks' at it. Too many favourites to list and I will not do any justice.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love conspiracy, intrigue, war.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Not applicable.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Face Book and other social media sights. My current book I am launching on SABC3 TV. I use the media effectively.
Describe your desk
Can't see, but trust it is 'clean'.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a small mining town near Carltonville in South Africa. Back then I had no ambition of ever writing, so I cannot say that my upbringing had any real influence on my writing.
Published 2015-09-22.
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Books by This Author

Legion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 122,660. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The author, John C. Vos, lost his eyesight in a freak accident more than 20 years ago. His struggle for acceptance was not easy. He was tormented and forced into a very dark space; there where demons haunted him, and tried to devour his spirit. It is in that space, where Legion was born. From the depths of all nothing, this fantasy novel manifested, wrought by a soul possessed.