Interview with Leonard Rawlins

Published 2014-03-14.
What is your writing process?
The first thing I do when I start a book, is to write down the Title of the book. I never plan a book, or the way the story has to develop. The content of my books flow from my thoughts as I'm busy writing, and this is how my stories come to life. My characters live inside me, so describing a character physically and emotionally is very easy. Detail is very important to me in every aspect of my book, from describing an action scene to where two people are lost in love.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, the cover is, according to my opinion, the soul of the book. Without a good cover, no book will sell. When a potential buyer looks for a book to buy, the cover is the very first thing to capture their imagination. It tells a story in itself, which in a lot of cases, is the driving point behind approximately 40% of book sales, I'd say. Finding a professional cover designer, is of course the most convenient and easy way to ensure that your book attracts the audience that it was written for. However, I do all the designing of my book covers myself with a program which I downloaded from the Internet, and also with Paint, from Microsoft. Shop around, and it won't cost you an arm and a leg in the end.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading books by Mark Grisham and Wilbur Smith. I think they're both in a league of their own, but two of the greatest Authors alive. Mark Grisham writes the most compelling court-room stories, while Wilbur Smith has this feud between two families which has been going on ever since he started writing. Both Authors have a lot of detailed scenes in their books, which is why I love to read them.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is different for each Author and writer. With today's technology however, marketing one's book via Social networks, has become the easiest and most effective way of doing it. Social networking has set the trend in digital media as well.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was still in Primary school, about eleven or twelve years of age. My essay's were always the best in the Grade, and my teacher was convinced that either my mother or father was doing the writing. Well, that problem quickly got sorted out when it was parent's night at school, as my parents told her that they had no interest in writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Which one? I'm presently busy writing three different Novels, so I really can't elaborate on one of them at this point in time, as I have no idea which book will be completed first. One is a true story, inspired by real events and a person intimately close to us as a family. I think it'll be completed first, so here it is. It's the story of a young girl, only just starting her life as an adult. She becomes involved with a young man, who introduces her to a world unknown to her up to that point in time. She becomes so reliant on a number of Substances, that it takes over her whole life, and in the process, destroys herself and tears apart her family. Fortunately, yes, there is a happy ending regarding the Substance abuse, but then fate sets in yet once again...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are no charges to publish, which is a huge plus point, I'd say. Their work is, professionally speaking, of a very high standard, and the books are distributed to all the major retailers. This puts each Author's book out there, and gives each and every one of us an equal chance to succeed in a very competitive field.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm inspired to get out of bed every day, thinking of what I can do today to achieve my goal of selling more books, and broadening my fan-club. Also, to learn something which I didn't know the previous day. I learn something new every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like watching a good movie, so we have quite a collection of DVD's, and a very good home theatre system(7.1 Dolby Digital surround sound). If not watching movies, we go to the Zoo as a family, walk around and have a picnic with a lot of good food.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me, is to be able to pin my thoughts on paper. This leaves behind a legacy which lasts forever. I love sharing my thoughts with people, and what greater way to do it than by telling a story? Another point is that when I write, I forget about everything else that is bad in life, I'm cocooned in a world of my own, where only my story and characters are present. Writing gives me solace.
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