Southern Fried Jail is the next story in the series "The Valiant."
What is your writing process?
Ideally, my best writing time is before 9:00 am. With my partying days behind me, I prefer to get up around 5:00 and write until noon. I will edit and re-edit for a few days then send it to my editor. While they are ripping my work apart, I move on to a new chapter/story/idea.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Perseverance, perseverance, perseverance. If one marketing program doesn't work, try another. Then try another. If you feel in your heart that people need/will be touched/will learn from your work, there is an audience out there somewhere who will benefit from it.
Describe your desk
My desk has 2 computers, 2 monitors, a printer, lots of pens, pencils and highlighters, the Creative Whack Pack, marketing books, a starfish Beany Baby, a toy monster from McDonald's and two cartoons. The first one is of God sitting at a desk with a sign that says "Meet the Author - 10 cents - The Ten Commandments." The second one is a little bird lying on a psychiatrist's couch and saying, "My mother used to puke in my mouth."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up a poor white boy with no rhythm...no, wait, that was Steve Martin in The Jerk. I grew up in a small Midwestern town during a time when you could trick or treat and not worry about the candy, you could leave your bike in the front yard and no one would steal it. Our phone number was EV2688. There was plenty of room and places to explore so my sense of adventure developed at an early age.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have many different interests and the combination of experiences makes my take on life unique. I know that when I don't understand something, it helps me to listen or read different explanations given by different people. I hope my work helps people to better grasp things they previously didn't understand.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's a great platform that distributes my work to more people than I could ever imagine connecting with on my own. I appreciate the work that has gone into this site. I look forward to a long and beneficial relationship with Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Helping people. Getting current words out of my head to make room for more ideas.
What do your fans mean to you?
Since I'm just beginning, I love all 5 of my fans. But seriously, I thank each and every one of you. Keep reading. It makes you a better person and makes you smarter. Remember, the pen is mightier than the sword. That saying comes from Act II of Bulwer-Lytton's play Richelieu, Cardinal Richelieu learns of a plot against him contrived by a friend and confidant, the monk Joseph. Since as a priest he could not challenge the monk to physical combat, Richelieu issued a written statement which contains the following: Beneath the rule of men entirely great, The pen is mightier than the sword.
See, you're smarter already!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My morning walk before the rest of mankind has arose. The thought of learning something new. Connecting with old friends and meeting new ones. Chocolate.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Research. I am blessed to live in this age when any question can be answered with a few keystrokes. When I'm not researching on line, I'm researching in person. Every person is a teacher, you just have to figure out the subject.
How do you approach cover design?
I use a wonderful designer on Fiverr.
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