Interview with Dan Whitesnow

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Apart from my own novel, ''The Seal of Rome,'' which I've re-read over two dozen times because of its amazing excitement, I think, ''The Other Side of Midnight,'' by Sydney Sheldon, ''The Firm & The Associate,'' by John Grisham, ''The Run,'' by Stuart Woods, and nearly every title from James Hadley Chase, are my favorite books anytime any day.
What do you read for pleasure?
hmmm, thrillers. I like stories that keeps me returning back home in time, and get sunk inside that well plotted suspense book. Fiction is my thing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
ipad
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
well, marketing... hmmm! twitter. I think twitter.
Describe your desk
Books, books, books! You can catch me anytime sunk in a good book! My desk is loaded with exciting novels...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in the southern part of Nigeria, where basically every young kid had a copy of Mills & Boon, Harlequin, and James Hadley Chase's novels, stuck inside their school bag. Well, that was back in the early nineties though, and if you haven't read any one of those titles, then, you're considered not among. I think that was how that sweet passion for writing came through.
When did you first start writing?
1998. I started with African Literature, then I switched into writing foreign screenplays for the fun of it. I read ''Come easy go easy,'' by James Hadley Chase, and tried to write a thriller novel, but gave up. I considered novelists then, as semi-gods. It was just impossible to put these words together and come up with a story. Anyway, since I only write for the fun of it, a female friend read one of my numerous screenplays, and challenged me to write a novel. That was in 2011. That same night, I borrowed my girlfriend's laptop, and began what eventually turned into my debut novel, ''The Seal of Rome.''
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I would say, its basically about social norms. Its a typically written women s-fiction novel that was inspired by the 1999 Nothing-Hill premier in London, where superstar actress Julia Roberts appeared with an unshaven underarms. I recalled how the story stole the attention of the masses, and how the tabloids almost crucified her alive. I thought women should be given a chance to live their lives.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Gosh! the frustration from literary agents!!! They seem to be stereotypes in their choice of choosing a book, and I perceive waiting on them, may take eternity. I have written a great book, so why not put it out and let the public have it?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I just got here on smashwords, and hope to be successful with them. I think they've got a great platform that will enable indie-authors succeed in their various writing careers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think its the ability to bring to life the beauty of your imaginations.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them, there would be no me.
What are you working on next?
Hmmm, well, I've got a couple of books in the works right now, but my main energy is going for my sophomore full-length novel, ''The Darkest Side of Night,'' which is book two in my debut miniseries- The Enlightened Sisters.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sydney Sheldon, John Grisham, Stuart Woods, James Patterson, and of course, James Hadley Chase.
Published 2017-03-25.
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