Interview with Greg Smith

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer my Kindle at this point in time. But I am always on watch for any new advancements by othe re-Readers.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social networking is the major marketing tool of choice by nearly every author. It provides the quickest and most convenient method for reaching out to potential readers. I belong to GoodReads, and several other forum groups. At this point in time the most effective platform for me has been LinkedIn, my own website, and Facebook.
Describe your desk
Ahh, well, the main feature on my desk here at home is my 30" iMac computer. Scattered around its base a numerous Post-its, pens, external drives, the pile of reference books, and the ever present coffee mug. Oh yes, I mustn't forget my faithful companions and advisors and my own little glee club of Minion figures!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
The first 5 years of my life were spent growing up in Papua New Guinea, then the family moved back to Sydney, Australia where I lived until emigrating to America in 1999. As for what may have particularly influenced my writing, I cannot really say that any of those locations played a part in that other than, at times, affording me terrific solitary spots for me to while away hours writing imaginary short stories, etc.
When did you first start writing?
My writing actually began eons ago, back in school, when we were assigned composition homework by our English teachers. Those assignments would entail us to write our impressions of historical events, what we did during school vacations, and any other topic that fancied the teachers. I always was given an A+ for my work and told by every English teacher that I excelled in my imaginative essays. So I have always been interested in writing from an early age which dovetailed into my talent as an artist.
What's the story behind your latest book?
After nearly 20 years serving in the Marine Corps, Captain Kramer thought he'd been prepared for anything life had to throw him. He returns from deployment to Afghanistan with a new dog, Shadow. The ugly sport of dogfighting was one experience Kramer wanted to leave behind but back in Oceanside, California he and Shadow are drawn into a struggle to oust local gangs involved in the bloody sport. Kramer and Shadow's activities capture the attention of the FBI who quickly enlist their help in an operation to bring down a major crime lord based in Florida. Captain Kramer, USMC and Corporal Shadow, USMC soon find themselves in their deadliest fight ever.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My initial intention was to go the traditional publishing house route. That meant having to chase down a literary agent for they are the only people who have the key to the traditional publishing houses. But that was how my thoughts ran while I was writing my latest book. Once it was finished though, I was so eager to have it published and available to any interested readers that I began investigating the option of self-publishing. That's when it came to my attention that the publishing industry was undergoing a significant reorganization and that self-publishing no longer carried the stigma it once did. The decision to become an indie author was fairly easily reached after that.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's very early days yet, and is still developing. Like any growing child, only time will tell how successful it will turn out ... that, and the parenting and nurturing techniques.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy from writing is being able to project my thoughts onto 'paper', to give solidity to my imagination so that it can be shared by others and hopefully gain their interest to want more of the same from me. The coin I seek from my writing is not of the monetary kind, but of the kind I can only gain from readers and my peers who respect and enjoy my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me, for without them I would not be continually inspired to write more, and in doing so improve as a writer. Authors are no different to singers and other performers — we thrive on the reaction our efforts solicit from our audience. The more energy that flows back to us from our fans, the more we grow and improve.
What are you working on next?
I have a foot in two camps. I am currently developing a crime/action/adventure series based round the two main characters—Captain Kramer, USMC and his canine comrade-in-arms, Corporal Shadow, USMC. The first book in the series is available, and at the time of this interview, I am well into the sequel and book two.
My other project is a major historical fiction novel which I have been working on for a few years now. It is taking longer due to the research required, but I sense it could prove to be quite a story, and one that many people will find surprising and enjoyable.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have numerous favorite authors, probably too many to list here, but of those the following are at the top of that list. They are (and in no particular order of preference).... Jack Whyte (he is my favorite, though), Tom Clancy, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen R. Lawhead, Catherine Christian, Mary Stewart, James Clavell, Edward Rutherfurd, James Patterson, and Nelson De Mille. All have provided me with magnificent escapades into imaginary and almost-real scenarios, as well of hours of enthralling and thought-provoking reading.
Published 2014-11-09.
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Books by This Author

Lex Talionis
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,120. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Kramer and his canine partner, Shadow take on a new team member when their nemesis, Shelley Harper, surfaces with plans to exact retribution from America on a monumental scale that will have 9/11 pale in comparison. People on all sides have their own scores to settle. For the two former Marines, this could prove their toughest assignment yet. Who will be left standing after the dust settles?