Interview with Terence Allington

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most of the time I'm not actually looking for an e-book to read, they just seem to come my way when I am looking for information about something. However, when I do look for an e-book I either search on Amazon or here on Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have never actually written a story for a book, it is not really something that I do when I am writing. Personally I am more into reference and guide books.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design for me is an important part of the package. It can make or sell a book, (if you are money orientated) image is important. Personally, I would rather make use of my own photographs that I take and play around a bit on Photoshop. Putting something together that is entirely of my own making makes me happy.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That would be a tough question to answer, being that I mainly read reference books. There are just too many books to choose from and it would depend upon what I would be considering doing at the time.
What do you read for pleasure?
Gardening books and magazines, photography books and magazines, self help books, psychology and the likes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I only have my P.C at the moment, believe it or not. I am fairly new to the world of e-books and have only recently started swimming in that ocean whereby I might consider getting a reader for when I am on my journey...which one? I don't know, any suggestions?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As of this moment I have used no marketing techniques, I'm just on a buzz for the fact that I have actually written something.
Describe your desk
On a good day my desk just has a monitor, a lamp, some pens, a notepad and maybe my mobile phone on it. On a bad day it can often end up cluttered with just about anything but the kitchen sink on it. However, for me to be able to write, I prefer my desk to be as empty as possible.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the east end of London. This didn't really influence my writing as such, or did it?
When did you first start writing?
I've always been a writer, I mainly used to write a load of lyrics when I was younger (Maybe 26 years ago)
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I have out at this moment in time is all about growing tobacco. Its a step by step guide that is aimed at helping the home grower of tobacco. It is a basic easy to read book that has a good year to two years worth of research time inside.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, I like the idea that it is free, it is not such a gamble to take as being a traditional book writer. There is no financial loss, it gives me a chance to see if I am up to it or not. It also gives a chance to improve as I go along with writing more books. I also like the idea that no-one is denying me the chance to release a book, traditional book publishing is fussy in that respect.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As yet, there is no success story, but in fairness I wasn't aiming for any other success than the personal pursuit of writing a book. So thank you Smashwords for giving me a chance at this.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have enjoyed all of it, the whole journey.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? well, they cool me down when it's a bit humid perhaps...
What are you working on next?
That would be telling! (whom exactly I don't know) My next book is a lot more involved, and I am just under half way through the writing process. It is involves gardening, but I am not going to say more than that at this stage in time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cat inspires me to get out of bed each day, she wakes me up when it's time to get up, She even tells me when it is time for me to go to bed. I don't need an alarm clock, I have my cat! After this, I either go out and do some gardening, go out and about with my camera or sit down at my computer to either study or write with my cat sitting down beside me.
Published 2014-03-12.
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Books by This Author

A Field Guide And Companion To Growing Your Own Tobacco
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,400. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening, Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Gardening
This book provides an easy to follow step by step guide on how to grow your own tobacco.Everything from the moment you get your seeds right through to the moment that you intend to smoke your finished product is covered inside this book.