Interview with David B. Ross

What do you read for pleasure?
Lots and lots of SF, a bit of fantasy. Outstanding crime thriller writers, like Ian Rankin, Val McDermid. Really, I read nearly anything, as long as it's well written.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an Android tablet which reads Kindle and epub formats, so that's really all I need. It's a 7" device, so it's compact enough to go with me nearly anywhere.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Control. Community support. Control. Liberty. And control. I get to decide what I write, and when. I get to decide on whether a cover is what I want, or whether I need a redesign or a tweak. I get to set prices. And when I need some advice, some input from fellow writers, there are a bunch of nice people in the Indie community. I don't expect to get rich doing this. Like most of us, I write because I love writing, and I love that other people like to read my stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Success? You're kidding! No, but seriously, Smashwords (and few others like them) have made it possible for people like me to publish our work. You wouldn't be reading this if it wasn't for Mark Coker and Co.
What is your writing process?
Usually I'll get an idea, a concept. I make a note of it. Sometimes a whole story will erupt in my mind, from beginning to end. Either way, I put down as much as I have and start playing with it. When I want to start writing, I'll have like a one paragraph synopsis of the plot, so that I have an idea where I'm supposed to be going. Sometimes the story goes in a different direction, and that's okay too, I don't bind myself to the synopsis. Living characters change as they grow, as much in the author's mind as on the page, or at least I think they should. I try to get the whole story down before I start editing. And I have someone else (if not a professional editor then at least not friends or family) look at it and give me feedback on it before I go to final edit and proofing.
How do you approach cover design?
I share my ideas of what the cover should look like with the guy who does my covers. He comes back with his interpretations. He's pretty good. Usually there's at least one I'm happy with right away. Sometimes we have to go back and forth a few times. I respect his work, and he's quite patient with me.
Published 2014-11-29.
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Books by This Author

Fearsome Creatures
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,190. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2014 by Two Moons Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
A collection of four SF short stories which feature monsters. Set in space, on earth, on other planets and at the end of days, encounter strange and fearsome creatures from beyond your imagination - or your nightmares!