Interview with D. John Watson

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my phone as a reader so I use the Kindle app. Also my library has an E-reader service called Axis which has a pretty big selection
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I still testing the waters here since I'm doing a total re-release of my first book which I've given a major overhaul. I do plan on using blog tours and social media though​
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Right now it's in a corner and the one thing that seems a constant on it, other​ than my laptop, is a cup of coffee, which may or may not be hot.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Connecticut, right near the main campus for UCONN. For me, it wasn't where I grew up but rather how. I grew up asthmatic so I spent​ a lot of time reading and drawing, It was a case of thing leading to another. The reading fueled the drawing and then that turning into the writing.
When did you first start writing?
I guess I really started playing with that back in high school, writing small short stories, I even tried my hand at getting a couple published through contests, including one put out by Omni magazine and another through Asimov's Science Fiction magazine.
What was the inspiration behind your latest book?
It really started at a drawing. I had an image in my head that refused to go away of a boy surrounded by strange symbols and ethereal lights. I did several drawings of it, including a couple in full color. After awhile, I started to think about the story behind the picture and ask questions. Who is he? Why is he there? And the answers started to become the premise for the book itself.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
In a word, frustration. I sent out queries and approached agents and editors but either I had to wait forever, if they got back to me at all. I was just starting to make friends on FB and they were talking about services like Lulu and Createspace. The idea that I could do it myself as a POD and not have to worry about commissions was appealing. And lot harder than I thought it would be.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my second time here and I'm hoping my revisions will make this time a better one. But I like the features when it comes to the variety of readers available. If you use amazon, you can only use a kindle, but here I can publish in a much wider assortment of platforms. Plus the ability to track downloads and viewings, offer coupons and really have a greater control.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The freedom to explore my imagination and share those results with others.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have many but they're important because they are the ones make what you're doing worthwhile. I'd be hypocritical if I said I didn't want to turn this into a paying profession but nothing beats the feeling you get when you​ see someone reading your book.
What are you working on next?
Right now, I'm working on the edits for the second book in the Irindia series, "The Stone of Irindia" and finish writing the third installment which has the working title, "The Fall of the Dark Emperor." I also hope to add a story to another anthology this year.
Who are your favorite authors?
I tend to read outside my writing genre and I love the complexity of authors such Clive Cussler, Tom Clancey and Eric Lustbader, who had picked up the Jason Bourne series. But I think one of my real favorites is James Clavel, I must have worn out four copies of Shogun.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a restaurant manager and I'm starting to get back into my drawing.
Published 2016-04-15.
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Books by This Author

The Chronicles Of Irindia Book One: The Gatherer (YA Fantasy)
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 178,260. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In a world where magic is real and monsters roam, one 13 year old boy has been thrust into a land he does not know to defeat a wizard more powerful than any other. Can he find the pieces of the Stone of Irindia and save their world, as well as his own?