Interview with Dwayne Haskell

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle. I purchased one to learn about Ebooks and needed a device to do testing. I chose the Kindle Fire because Amazon was my first avenue for sales.
Describe your desk
A mess! I have too many ideas and not enough time to implement them all. As well as writing books I build and administer websites. I also create all my own graphics for my books, websites, Facebook, etc.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing about 8 years ago when I started a website about propagating plants. I have written hundreds of articles on that subject and others for multiple websites I have built. I created books and reports as an incentive for my readers to subscribe to my newsletter and that eventually morphed into books.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book; Crap, the shitter is broke! -or- How to fix common problems with your toilet, was written because I have tons of hands on experience with home repairs. I always take pictures when making repairs or projects. Those pictures are usually the catalyst for a book. I had just fixed a toilet and decided to write the book. Of course, I found a ton of pictures I already had!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have enjoyed writing for quite some time. I love to help others and feel my books can help folks fix common problems they may encounter. I have discovered I have a knack for being able to write in layman's terms, yet with enough detail and clear instruction to make following along very easy. I discovered this when I rewrote the manufacturers instructions for a product I was selling. I had a ton of requests for those instructions and many nice comments.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing I may help some folks with a problem they may have without them having to learn the hard way like I did. I have been very mechanically inclined my entire life and fixing things and coming up with solutions comes rather easy. Some folks don't have it so easy because they may not be so inclined. My books help these folks I believe.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually fixing things or building websites. I use both for book ideas.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
As a kid I wrote some short stories and poems. I remember one called A Moneyless World where money was replaced with cards. This was in the late 1970's, much before I actually knew about money, credit cards, etc. and before PayPal, credit and debit cards, and electronic transfers were possible.
What is your writing process?
I write when I am inspired to. i don't force myself to sit and write like some authors have to. Of course, I am not writing novels either so my process works for me. I can usually crank out a book in a day or so as a rough draft. Unfortunately, I am an editor as I write so it takes longer than it should to get that draft done!
How do you approach cover design?
I am no graphic artist by no means so the covers can be challenging. I usually create multiple versions and keep fiddling until I have one I like. I always save my covers in a native format of GIMP (my editor of choice) so I can go back and change items easily. My first cover was a jpg and making changes was very tough.

I have also created templates of the covers so I can simply choose one, make the needed changes, and save it as a new cover. Much easier!
Who are your favorite authors?
I absolutely love Stephen Hunter right now. I am always looking for his latest book.

Stephen King was my author of choice growing up but he unfortunately lost me because I just could not make it through one of his books. I haven't read one of his since.

Robin Cook and Dean Koontz where also authors I would read voraciously.

It is very tough to pick just one; I used to read an entire paperback book every day through high school. Of course, Stephen King's "It" took longer than a day...
Published 2013-12-30.
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Books by This Author

What I Have Learned Writing And Publishing Kindle Books
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,030. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Digital publishing
I feel your pain; writing and publishing an eBook is nearly impossible. The formatting, the layout, pictures, the cover. How do you do it without screwing things up? Although this book will not explain everything you need to know about writing and publishing an eBook, this book WILL help you avoid some of the mistakes I have made along the way.
Write and Publish an eBook in 8 Hours or Less
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Digital publishing
Think it is impossible to write an entire eBook and publish it in a short amount of time? I took the challenge and decided to do just that. Without any preparation, I sat down and wrote an entire ebook in roughly 1 hour. I then edited the book, making spelling, grammar, sentence structure corrections, as well as constructed the navigable table of contents.
Raising Backyard Chickens
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
Raising Backyard Chickens was written for folks who are new to raising chickens as well as those folks who may not be so new. The book covers numerous subjects and is geared toward folks interested in or just starting to raise their own chickens. Egg layers and meat bird raising are both covered.
Misting Systems
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 29,400. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
A misting system is an essential tool for propagating large numbers of plants and becoming a successful plant propagator and nursery owner. Learn from a professional misting system designer and builder who has sold thousands of misting systems worldwide. The information in this book is highly guarded and worth it's weight in gold. Save time, money, and frustration; get this book!
How To Start a Plant Propagation Nursery
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
Plants are an addiction, I know, I am addicted myself. This book will show you where to begin if you want to propagate plants and sell them.
How To Divide Ornamental Grass
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 860. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
Dividing ornamental grass is a cinch with this guide. Don't spend a ton of money buying new plants, divide yours and spend your hard earned money or more important things.
Crap, The Shitter Is Broke! -Or- How To Fix Common Problems With Your Toilet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,580. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Do-it-yourself / plumbing, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Home repair
Everyone at some time or another has a problem with their toilet. This book will guide the average person through the most common repairs. Save money by fixing it yourself!
How To Prune A Japanese Maple
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,110. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
How To Prune A Japanese Maple will walk the typical homeowner through the proper steps of pruning a Japanese Maple tree.