Interview with Ethan Holmes
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew out of my childhood, but not necessarily "up", in rural Pennsylvania, Amish country to be specific. Being around earthy, sincere and very 'religious' people would later influence many of my stories and characters.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since at least the age of ten, beginning with silly poems and unnecessarily long essays for homework.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Live Your Life In A Crap Free Zone was borne of realization that nearly everything that makes up our lives is the direct result of choices made by us. I originally wrote half of it as a humorous, dry wit look at life, mine in particular. A friend suggested I enter the manuscript in a 'contest', whereupon I found that I had to write nearly twice as many words as I had already written. (They wanted a minimum of 50,000 words, I had 28,000.) Thus the book came to fruition.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The simple fact that we are in an industry where one person, (an agent), who might be having a bad day after a fight with his wife, had the power to take years of your work and summarily throw it in the trash without so much as a first look. The Indie author is an empowered person, able, to some extent, to control their own actions and destiny in the pursuit of their dreams and goals.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was a huge factor in the launch of my Indie career as it simplified, to a great extent, the process of publication and distribution to many outlets.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having someone else read it, enjoy it or have it affect their life and outlook in some way.
What are you working on next?
I have two 'works in progress' at the moment, which I have never done before. Playing With Matches is a novel I started based on a man's complete frustration and hopelessness with single life and his attempts to better the situation through on-line match-making sites. My other WIP is titled 5:23. It is about a man who discovers how easy it is to cause widespread chaos, confusion and panic in an effort to wake people up to the path that current society is traveling.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ray Bradbury, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, David Baldacci, Bruce Catton, Larry McMurtry
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Trying to make a living.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the first story I ever wrote was in the form of a humorous poem based on a dream I had about bedbugs and cockroaches playing baseball on the wall of my bedroom.
What is your writing process?
The process is to write whenever I am able and for as long as I am able. It is productive to know when the 'writer' in me should sit down and write or get up and go do something else. I never have writer's block; I simply know when it is time to write and when 'stuff' is ready to pour out of my fingertips.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading the Tarzan series from Edgar Rice Burroughs as a child and realizing that a writer could easily put you in a completely different world than the one you are accustomed to on a daily basis.
How do you approach cover design?
The same way I approach my nature photography, I already have the design in my head before I write the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Civil War history and great fiction.
Describe your desk.
My desk looks like a ten megaton bomb went off on it and I hired a maid at seventy nine cents an hour to 'clean it up'.
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Books by This Author
by Ethan Holmes
Water, precious potable water, is no longer readily available in cities and municipalities all across the country. Some of Water's characters think they have the solution to the problem. Some are just in survival mode and watching society crumble in the wake of the loss of the single most important resource on the planet.
Live Your Life in a Crap Free Zone
by Ethan Holmes
Ethan Holmes uses his sense of humor and dry wit to confront the numerous choices life presents us with and the paths they set us on.
Every single day of our lives we all give and get multiple invitations to sit in a tub of crap. What if you chose not to accept or extend them? What would your life be like if you started making different choices today?
by Ethan Holmes
My name is Titus Kofi and it's not pronounced like the drink.
I took this gig at The Keystone Hotel. The owners think money is being stolen. It's not money that's missing; it's some of the residents.
The problem is, when you go to live at The Keystone, you're supposed to die at The Keystone. No one notices much when you live in a run-down, end-of-the-line hotel.
by Ethan Holmes
Earth's Blood, Revised Edition 2013, Proofed and Edited
This is no earthquake. This isn't a city getting jostled around and the survivors digging out the dead. It's not about the power going out for a week and then all is well again.
No, this is Earth; ripe for a seismic event the likes of which man has never seen.