I prefer allowing the illustrator or designer as much freedom as possible - sort of like providing them with a framework and allowing them to cover that frame, so that the shape I want is visible but coloured and formed from their talent and insight.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Meat by Joseph D'Lacey - harrowing, brutal and beautiful, it's a book that changed my outlook on life and got me really thinking about what I eat.
IT by Stephen King - brilliant, sprawling, personal and unputdownable.
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson - the best Epic Fantasy I've ever read.
Reservation Road by John Burnham Schwartz - beautiful and hear-breaking.
The Real Story by Stephen R Donaldson - a quick, yet eye-opening step into his 'Gap' universe. Brilliant and unsettling.
What do you read for pleasure?
Graphic Novels and many, many books. :)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Lenovo tablet which I read PDFs, EPUBs and MOBIs on.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Always the cover - even if the reach is big, the cover could be sub-standard.
Describe your desk
Flat screen in the right back corner, HDMI cable to attach it to my laptop (which is always directly in front of me), mouse pad and mouse to the right of the laptop, separate USB keyboard (just in case) behind the laptop, ashtray and coffee mug to my left, headphones waiting.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Pretoria, South Africa - I don't write non-fiction, so I guess it hasn't really influenced my writing, since I live inside my head. Though there are some landmarks and aspects of our history which will eventually make it into an Urban Fantasy Horror series I want to write.
When did you first start writing?
Started playing with writing in high school, around grade eight; began focusing on writing when I was 25 or 26 (I'm now almost 35).
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the third book in a trilogy (The Mahaelian Chronicle) so it's the book where everything comes together and the tale ends - at least, for the moment.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The freedom and clarity of the process, for sure.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Will get back to you on that - I've just started with Smashwords. :)
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