Interview with Donny Swords

What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook and Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Internet/key words
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Spanaway, Washington. I pull from all the experiences of my life to depict believable stories.
When did you first start writing?
At the age of 12.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Bitter Ends is set in the fictional town of Gateway during a zombie outbreak. My main goal was to attempt to answer what everyday people would do in the face of an undead apocalypse. The Bitter Ends is comprised of 12 short stories, based on the main character they are titled after. Throughout the book, people's lives touch, giving an overall view of what happens to Gateway, its surrounding communities, and the world.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Creative freedom, without compromises.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I will have to answer this later. The jury is still out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My imagined worlds, they pull me in. I could not live without them, or the characters I create.
What do your fans mean to you?
Absolutely everything.
What are you working on next?
My next release is in the editing stage. It is from my Ways of the Stygia series, and is entitled "Cult of Morgod." It is an epic, set on Earth before recorded history.

Cult of Morgod, Synopsis
Morgod, The World-Eater is reborn. In a time when humankind was infantile, and Earth was only beginning to feel their impact, a threat to all that was arrived. Through a dark ritual performed in Purgatory, Mor is summoned by Loki to do his bidding on Earth. What results is a catastrophic reality in which Thomas Van Pelt and his allies attempt to stem the Stygian flood of the Void over all those whom Morgod does not enslave to serve him in his escalating assault on humanity. Morgod’s Army of the Haunted Eye brings ruin to all, dashing hopes and shattering lives, while expelling their souls to the damnation that is the Void. Using his steep powers, Morgod enlists his archangels, otherwise referred to as Revels, to bolster his powers, until he can summon his greatest power, raising his Stygian Veil before an army so terrifying and vast that there is little hope to defeat them.
No one was ready for the World-Eater, and none could have foreseen his arrival, or prevented what was to come. The responsibility to kill the un-killable Morgod is thrust upon The Living Conduit, Thomas Van Pelt. Thomas enlists aid from an unlikely group of allies, and embarks on this, his first mission to restore balance to his ailing Cosmos. What will come? Can the World-Eater be defeated? Whatever the answers to these questions are, one thing is certain, Morgod is an enemy unlike any other, and his powers are as unapproachable as he is relentless. His vast armies arrived during a period where humankind was ill-suited to weather the Stygian storm, and the Deities that stood watch were irreparably divided in both their beliefs and caring concerning the fate of humanity.
Dark days loomed on Earth. Neither the Void, nor its agent, Morgod, would relent. Humanity had reached its turning point… many would perish. Or would they all?
Who are your favorite authors?
Robert E. Howard and Clive Barker.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing and love.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, spending time with my girlfriend, and playing guitar.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From search engines- I stick with my favorites, but often I pick up another author's novel who is self published. I like to help with reviews and see what I am competing against.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a ghost story, complete with rattling chains and moaning. I was 12. Still have it somewhere.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and write. I always have an outline in mind. I like to let the world and characters develop somewhat organically. I always have the ending in mind, throughout the whole process, and a clear idea of where the story is headed. I try to write a minimum of 2,000 words a day. I could write more, but my day job prevents it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a book about Davy Crockett. I have loved to read every since. Writing came into my life less than two years later.
How do you approach cover design?
I visualize, then apply my ideas, until I have what I want.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Imagica by clive Barker and Conan novels by Robert E Howard. I feel like I could live in those worlds.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. Though Clive Barker and Robert E. Howard are always in my rotation. I like to read short stories, one at a time, by several authors.
Published 2013-10-23.
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Books by This Author

7 Slices
Price: Free! Words: 25,740. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Undead
(5.00 from 1 review)
From horror to fantasy. Seven amazing short stories by Donny Swords. Sparks, Boots?, The Cleansing Bar, Sandra, Scotty, Dark Places, and Only a Dream Away.