My five favorite book are Stephen King The Stand, his Gunslinger series, John Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath, Roots, and The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer.
The Stand displays for me not only good story telling, but the effort required to tell a long and focused tale capable of keeping the reader's attention. The Gunslinger series show how a world can be created with such believability the reader tends to return time after time.
John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is a display of fine art. The way he weaves his words in such a way where the words are suspended and nothing but story come through. Roots shows what hard work and tenacity can do. Alex Haley spent ten years in research and writing his book.
Homer's The Iliad and The Odyssey is an example of the importance of story telling throughout the ages. I've read this work several times and continue to enjoy the work.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover most of the ebooks I read through browsing or recommendations from other readers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Most of my book marketing techniques have been boiled down to word of mouth. I'm continually refining my advertising process, since there is no given formula except hard work and tenacity.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was in the tenth grade and I wrote a short story titled Diablo son of the devil. My english teacher passed the story around to other teachers and told me to keep writing. She gave me several helpful tip on writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I pick my covers in close relationship with the book I'm writing. I try to convey a small part of the story without giving too much of the story away through visual cue from the cover.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Nook.
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