Interview with Derrick Thomas

What is your writing process?
My writing process is raw and personal. I generally write ideas and thoughts down on my tablet. I also just write things I feel on social media. It is more of when I feel something deep within that makes my writing more real and passionate. If I am not in the mood to write, I do not try to force things to happen. Creativity is indeed a process, but it is great when it comes from the heart.
How do you approach cover design?
Finding a cover design is like selecting a color to paint for your house. It represents the body of work. I think picking the right cover determine if people want to read your book or not. I love taking photos. So trying to take the right photos to use for my book cover is extremely important.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading good books. I think we all do. I currently into books that can uplift my spirits. I also love reading books that can help me grow as a new author. Reading is so much fun. I also love to read a good mystery book as well.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I mostly use the Kindle on my phone and tablets. I also been using I-books, I want to use as many e-reading apps as possible since I want my books to be featured on many e-reading devices.
Describe your desk
My desk is simply my thoughts and my computer/tablet. It is uncluttered at the moment. It could changed as my book writing journey begins.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Louisiana. My writing is influence by my personal life. I want to write things that inspire people. I love reading books that inspired me. And I want to write the same kind of books. I am also influence by my spiritual beliefs as well.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing for my own interest in my late teens. I have been writing ever since. The past five years have been when I wanted to take my writing to the next level. I have some material already written and ready to share this material with the world. It feels like I just started writing now that I want to be an author.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have been a huge advocate for encouragement. I started a social media group in the past around this concept. My book is about things that are currently happening in the world. I created something that can be read today and tomorrow. There is so much I have learned through my own life that I want people to know that you can get through anything in your life. My book is personal and represents the things I stand for.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
This question is a good one. When I first wanted to start being an author, I thought that it was necessary to be published with a publishing company. As I started to do more research, I feel like being an indie author is a good choice. You have freedom of control and can be rather successful. It takes more work, but I have seen many indie authors be successful at their craft. I can control the pricing of my book and the formats. I just want to see how things work out for me. My goal is to help one and/or many people as I can. It does not matter about sales; it just having fun and enjoy the feeling of being a good author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am about to put my first mini e-book on here. We will see what happens........
What are you working on next?
Besides wrapping up my new, revised book, I am working on completing another book which should be out later in the year.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find most of my ebooks by searching online. I also join some Ebook clubs that I received daily emails on possible good ebooks.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is writing something that comes from the heart and it helping someone as well!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God- He is the true reason I see another day. I am also a firm believer of living and loving life. If I am given another day to experience it, I want to the best me!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
On social media, reading, or watching t.v.
Eating- I love to eat! Foodie!
Published 2016-01-11.
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