Interview with Ben Brown

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing back in 2007. At first, I just took up writing to help overcome my dyslexia and grammar issues. However, I soon found I loved to write and it has been a passion ever since.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The feedback I get from my readers. There is no better feeling than when you get a great review or a grateful tweet from someone who has just enjoyed one of my books.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Stephen King, but also some lesser known authors like John Bowers and Bruce Davis.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love spending time with my kids. They're grown now, but we still spend lots of time together. I also enjoy traveling with my wife, Michelle. We try to travel overseas as much as possible. New York is one of our favorite places to visit.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Because of my dyslexia, I didn't take up reading until my mid-twenties. The first book I read was The Time Machine by H G Wells. It was the book that opened the door to literature for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly science fiction and speculative stuff. Stephen King is a God and his Dark Tower series are the greatst books ever.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle Whitepaper. I also read on my Surface, too.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use Twitter and Facebook a lot. I also do a fair few giveaways.
Describe your desk
Cluttered and old.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write and I want people to read my work. Traditional publishing is a slow process filled with hurdles. Indie publishing is much faster and the way of the future.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and my writing. Without either, my life would be empty and dull.
Published 2016-04-05.
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