Interview with Duane E. Coffill

When did you first start writing?
I was 12. Even though, I have always written stories, but as I got older and reading more and more books, I wanted to create what I was reading. In school, I did reading and writing groups. I was always creative and I believe in doing research first, if not, how would the story work? It's very rewarding to see your work published and I cannot wait to go back and re-edit my work and make it better!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest work, which is unpublished...is a supernatural-horror called, "The Eyes Within." This is re-write from years ago and I wanted to re-vise it and then, publish it. I did the cover for it and now, I just looking for the right publisher for it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejections! There are so many talented writers out there and the big traditional publishers are sticking with authors that work for them. I'm still going through that now, but a BIG THANK YOU to Publish America! They have been awesome and they always say, "If you want to succeed, you need to do it yourself."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
In the process...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Plot, character development. The flow of the story and what conflicts occur.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without any kind of feedback, positive or negative...it would show no one is reading your work.
What are you working on next?
I have two other novels in the process. Besides getting, "The Eyes Within," a publisher. I also wrote a short-story called, "The Path," and that will be published soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Clive Barker, Rick Hautala(God rest his soul) and Dean Koontz.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God! Even though I write horror and suspense stories, but I am saved and the Lord Jesus Christ is everything to me! Through him, I am a better father, better boyfriend and overall...a better person!!!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm with my kids, working my "day job," or spending time with Shelley.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Google. Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The Well. I wrote it when I was 12.
What is your writing process?
Notepad, pen or pencil and then, characters, plot development. When writing, it flows very easily and sometimes I have to look at my notes, because I have a lot of characters to keep track of.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Sleep Hollow. I read it in school and I loved the characters and plot. It's a true classic!
How do you approach cover design?
From the story. The cover has to give the reader something to bring them in and want to buy the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Salem's Lot by Stephen King and The Books Of Blood by Clive Barker. Two authors with two different styles of writing...why not?
What do you read for pleasure?
Horror and Star Wars novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Research and never give up! Always keep going!
Describe your desk
Messy with notes, lol!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
People, the area that I lived.
Will you write anything else besides horror and suspense stories?
I might write a sci-fi novel, but that's far away and I have a lot goals to accomplish first.
Published 2014-01-02.
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