Interview with Daniel Coble

What's the story behind your latest book?
The Champagne Coven was originally inspired by an innate interest in the paranormal. Being a practicing witch, and having certain gifts or instincts that I was born with, it only made sense that some piece of that part of me would make it into my story. Also, I figured it might make a good start and leave sequel potentials dealing with Vampires, Werewolves, Ghosts, and various other branches of the Paranormal World. While the story didn't exactly go the direction I anticipated that it would go, it certainly did go to an ending that I felt was acceptable.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My only motivation to become an indie author was my absolute love of writing. What helped to push me in that directions was the fact that most publishers seem to expect that books be a certain length, and with 'The Champagne Coven', without turning it into much more adult content, I really couldn't find a way to extend the story without ruining the possibility of having a sequel. Additionally, being a freelance writer, it became clear from some of the job postings that I was seeing that books of this size would potentially be ideal for ebooks, thus allowing me to get my foot in the door. Too many agents and publishers saw the word count or number of pages in my initial proposal and replied with 'nah, we're not interested' type messages. It was finally time for me to take the initiative and try to do it myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has enabled me to become a published writer where most traditional publishing houses wouldn't have. Additionally, it has provided me the opportunity to learn how to properly format ebooks so that perhaps my future clients won't get the same end result as so many of the free or extremely cheap books that are out there on the market...formatted incorrectly, messy, and just looking and reading like garbage.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing for me is in the relaxation that it gives me after a workday or the time it consumes when I'm not working, and more specifically in the way that it allows my imagination to run wild. When I'm writing, I see every scene playing out very much like a movie. It makes it very easy for me to put into words, and that imagination keeps me writing because if I don't write, eventually the concept will drive me insane until I get at least the title in words, if not the entire concept.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans, to me, are like my friends. Their response, their criticisms, their thoughts can help to guide my writing process. With 'The Champagne Coven', I was tempted to put out a challenge to my fans and friends. The challenge would have consisted of 'If we hit 1,000 sales before the release date, everyone can send me suggestions for my next story, all will be taken under advisement, and the most commonly seen themes will be put to a vote among my friends and fans, with the most popular being my next style of work'...however, I felt that perhaps on the first book it would be too early to do such a challenge. That said, my fans can certainly look forward to this type of input in the future.
What are you working on next?
Next, I think I'll finish a Science Fiction book that I've had running for about a year too long in my eyes. The title is 'United Earth Defense Forces - New Encounters'. It is intended to be the first book in a series, much as 'The Champagne Coven' is, however since it's a needle in a different vein, hopefully it will appeal to old readers and to a new group of readers alike.
Who are your favorite authors?
To be honest, with me, there are no favorite authors. I could list so many authors whose writing I love to read, whose works I enjoy, who just simply are great, but the problem is that that would take far too long. Below, you will find a not-so-comprehensive list of authors whose works I have read and loved...but it won't include all of them.

JRR Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Anne Rice, Stephen King, JK Rowling, Stephanie Meier, Dante, Macchiavelli, RL Stine, Carolyn Keene, Franklin W. Dixon, Terry Pratchett, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, CS Lewis, and so many more that haven't been named who merit it just as much as this group of fantastic, classic, and even timeless authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am inspired to get out of bed each day by the thought of having a cup of tea, sitting down, and writing on my next story...or when I'm working on the side, by the obnoxious sound of my alarm clock drilling into my head that if I sleep any later I will be late to work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm either at a bar having a few drinks with my closest friends, singing karaoke, taking a long country drive, spending time with my family, doing my schoolwork (yes, even writers chase an education...I'm presently pursuing my BA in English with a concentration in Creative Writing), or working.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find the ebooks that I read randomly. I find that everything has its own merit and its own place, so I randomly purchase and read ebooks. If I don't like them, I promptly delete them, but I never ask for my money back on a book because it was my choice to buy it and my choice to try reading it...even when it didn't seem to be my cup of tea.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. The first story I ever wrote was a short story about a cat and a fish. I remember because I was about 8 years old at the time, and we had a few fish in a bowl (or maybe it was a tank and my memory's shot) and we had a cat in the house. At the time, Callie, our cat, was a relatively young little thing, and it was nothing to see her staring at the fish from the ground, trying to attack them through the glass, or parked on top of the tank trying to think of a way to get in and play with these little moving things. I based the story on these observations, but I never published it. Instead I kept it in a notebook or a journal that has probably long since seen the trashcan or been kept in a box.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is sit down and write. NEVER plan what you are writing, just write it as you see it and imagine it and watch it flow all the way up to an ending. If it doesn't seem to flow smoothly, you'll find that out when you go back to edit, and you can always add content to make it flow smoothly. The major point is that when you plan, the major plot events that you WANT to see may not make it in, but all the plot events that you're seeing in your head as you write DO make it in. That then leaves room for you to ADD what you WANT into the story.
Published 2015-02-12.
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Books by This Author

The Champagne Coven
Series: Chilling Tales From Champagne. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,800. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Champagne Coven revolves around a boy born out of illegitimacy and how that illegitimacy impacts his family. Further, it revolves around his life growing up among his father's family after his mother's family is massacred during his birth. It is a journey alongside Charles as he defies everything that fate and destiny have intended for him to accomplish.