When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, Loving, reading, and writing. I work out my frustrations at work. I work out my frustrations through love (yes, it can get rough), I work out my frustrations through escaping into a novel. and I work them out through my writing. In truth I love all four and have no real frustrations, I've been blessed in this. Good job, wonderful spouce and famiy, wonderful books at my finger tips. and I love to write. I want to give back the joy I've recieved in reading, to others. So when I feel a need for frustrations, I'll stub a toe or something, maybe. Not saying I like pain, well maybe I am. so I recall childhood, or look at how I wish the world was, then enjoy relieving those frustrations by the afore mentioned ways.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Random. I play with categories, and play roulette sometimes. I like the surprising, and to surprise. Same as with writing, I come up with stories on a lark. I wonder, can I do one like that? then try. It may seem like a mish mash, but the stories I write are always fun to me and to whom I tell them to.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first one? No. But I remember the first one I enjoyed writing. It was for school many years ago, and it was spooky, I imagined telling it to friends, turned it in for a C, then told my friends the story over campfire anyhow. Turns out good grammer isn't always good fun. But a good story can make your friends smile or jump, that first one did both.
What is your writing process?
Purposely stub toe.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, call of the wild. I was perhaps 8. It was everything I knew in NW ohio back then. Snow, dogs, a race. I loved the feel and warmth of it, even though it was set in alaska. Being 8 in 1978 helped as we had that blizzard that everyone cites
How do you approach cover design?
A work in progress. I'm still trying to convince my spouce that her love of photography and art can be fulfilling even in an indie setting. Hoping she sees what she loves to do doesn't have to wait on the bills.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pillars of the earth, Lord of the rings fellowship of the rings, the hobbit, the elfstones of shannera, and lady chatterly's lover. Because they are all about change. The characters see the world as it is, don't like it, and change it, but also they change as well, they grow. They were ways for those authors to display a world they wished ours was, starting from where we were at. Oh, and the Stand by Steven king
What do you read for pleasure?
Erotica, Sci Fi, fantasy
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook. I like that the e-reader is connected to a physical store. Those are people behind the counter, and they help find things, just wished they were compensated better for all that they do, the world they help others explore.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
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Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
NW ohio, the whole damn place is magic. God's corner of the universe that he never really finished. Half undone, I had to stay. It influenced me because it's not civilization here, nothing is set.
When did you first start writing?
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is a thirty something woman named lucy, she's broken up with a jerk and meets a nice gentleman in a bookstore........well not a gentleman so much. But a guy that won't hurt her... unless she wants..... and they.... well.... can't really kiss and tell (they do more than that)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Because I'm full of stories. and I want to tell them the way the characters would. Not according to a marketing scheme, or a formula, but just a good tale of what's wrong in the world, who sees it, how they change. Real people, not polished and hyped, no signature white shirts, I want to write about the guy that has the stain on his. Or the woman he loved, the lady whose ass jiggles so sweetly when she walks, not the fake firmly lank ass, but the one you can slap, and the women whom want it slapped( which is most, but ask first). Gritty, troubled characters, not the one whom puts up a stiff upper lip, but the one whose scared shitless that does the right thing, or even the wrong thing. Especially the wrong thing, because that's where the story is, what we can relate to.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
will answer when it happens, just glad this platform is here.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creation and release
What do your fans mean to you?
So far my only fans are my wife, 6 kids, 10 neighbors, a hundred coworkers, a thousand past ones, and some well placed friends over the years. I'd die for any of them, so the world would be my answer.
What are you working on next?
a continuation on the one I wrote so far, still editing current one, story isn't finished, or I should say polished. but our hero ( the hero of my afore mentioned fans) has much room to grow. Feel sorry for her really.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien, follet, dante, dickens, terry brooks, and of course Mr. twain, and others, oh tom clancy is in there somewhere. Steven King... God how did I forget that guy. He's a kindred soul. His childhood was like mine, his book on writing showed me that, and also the mechanics of telling a good yarn.
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