I read a lot of horror, science fiction, and crime fiction. I'm very interested in atmospheric, mundane horror. My favorite writers include Elmore Leonard, Stephen King, John D. MacDonald, Joe Lansdale, and Jeffrey Ford.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I typically read on either a Kobo or Kindle app on my iPad. I also have an older version of the Kindle, which I use to take out a monthly Amazon Prime loan.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have placed most of my efforts into writing. I probably should spend more time marketing, but it's not something I actively enjoy doing. I write a fairly regular web journal (www.danielwpowell.blogspot.com) and I let my friends and family know of a new publication via a newsletter.
Describe your desk
It's a pretty handsome antique. It's home to a desktop (rarely used) and a laptop (used daily), in addition to a baby monitor and a jar filled with pens. I really enjoy my writing environment!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I think of myself as an Oregonian down here in Florida. Oregon left its stamp on me and my writing in so many ways. It shows up often as a setting in my stories, but it's also there in the positive attitude that I carry into the writing process. Oregonians generally have good hearts and are generous with their time and energy, and those are traits that I try to carry with me every day.
When did you first start writing?
I began to write with an eye toward publication around Christmas in 2006. Since then, I've published dozens of short stories and critical essays in a variety of journals, anthologies, and magazines, and I've been fortunate to work with a small regional press to make my story collections and novels available in both print and digital formats.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Reset is a post-apocalyptic novel about a society that is so fragmented by economic inequality that a maniacal biologist engineers a group of orphaned children to become terrorist weapons. It's a story about rebuilding in the face of tragedy and the human impulse to push toward survival.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am still interested in traditional publishing as well, and will be working with my agent on a new submission packet this spring, but I like the turn-around time the most. Once I have vetted a story and worked with my friends at Distillations Press, I can get multiple versions of a story into the digital marketplace in days as opposed to months.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been a good partner in terms of distribution. I really admire the fact that this company is experimenting with new subscription models and seeking to push the boundaries for authors in a way that helps us all grow larger readerships.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing characters to life and putting them into conversation and interaction with each other is great. Since I had my daughter, I've been writing about family dynamics much more frequently, and that has bee a lot of fun to explore.
What do your fans mean to you?
As always, I hope my stories provide them with an entertaining escape, and I hope to keep bringing them stories for years to come...
What are you working on next?
A horror novel set high in the Sierra Nevada.
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