Interview with G.H. Bogan

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote that anybody acknowledged was in my last year of high school. I remember that I wrote it for the school magazine. Right after I graduated high school I went into the Navy, and while on leave between boot camp and my first duty station I was asked to come to the school and talk with the senior English class. It was there that I found out that my story had been submitted to Columbia University and had taken the article of the year award.
What is your writing process?
I am unconventional in my writing process, at least by comparison to other authors I know. When I get an idea in my head for the basic plot, I write that down in a notebook. From that point on I simply follow the movie that plays in my mind. Seriously, I can see the entire story unfold like a film and my job is to transcribe the action into words.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a ravenous reader early in life. While other kids were reading Hardy Boys or Tom Swift, I was delving deep into the sage wording of Beowolf or Jonathan Swift. Virtually any story opened a window into worlds I could explore, and I haven't stopped yet.
How do you approach cover design?
I tried to dictate the cover designs based on how I felt about the story, but not anymore. To be honest, I met an artist who is so much better at creating a cover that hints at the contents and now I just leave it up to her. Besides, being married to the artist, the costs for cover designs are pretty much restricted to taking out the trash and doing laundry.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Like many other indie self publishing authors, I am still navigating my way through the many marketing techniques that exist. I prefer to just hand a business card to somebody with the web address for purchasing a book, but I seriously doubt I can afford the airfare and six billion business cards to go world wide with that method. I believe sales improved when I decided to stop networking through my peers and concentrate on the end user aspect of the market. The Joshua Pike books I try to market to thriller fan clubs and the Adventures With Skipper books I market to mommy bloggers, preschools and anything that deals with children 6 years old and under.
What's the story behind the Joshua Pike books?
The broadcast news seems to be the source that plants the seed for me. For example, the first book (7 Days) is about domestic terrorists on the surface. But throughout the story you find intertwined issues with government policies. I wrote that one in the style of the television show "24 Hours" so there is a calm start that escalates to a high tension level that remains until the end of the book. The second Joshua Pike story (The Cure) is even more complicated. It deals with big business, disease, terrorism, murder and more. It is one of my favorite stories and fun to write. Once the actions starts, it stays to the end. I have another Joshua Pike manuscript finished and awaiting execution by the editor's red pencil, and a fourth book manuscript is about midway completed.
Describe your desk
If this were an audio interview you would hear me laughing about now. My desk is loaded with pens and notebooks, a printer and my trusty laptop. I even bought a nice office chair to use. But I spend very little time actually at my desk. I'm more of a Moleskine notebook and favorite ink pen guy, and will sit outside or stand at the kitchen counter to write. When we have visitors who see the desk and comment on how this must be where the magic happens, I just agree with them. About the only magic that happens at my desk is translating the terrible penmanship in my notebooks into the word processor software in my computer.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords had produced more useful information on how to self publish and how to market than any other web site I know of. I am more comfortable with a company that offers information than links upselling services. I have never worried about Smashwords trying to sell me on some new program or channel for distribution. They just take care of business do a great job of it. If Smashwords ever expands services to include printing, I would deal exclusively with them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I still get a great sense of pride when a reader tells me that they enjoyed a novel that I have written. I know that sounds simple, but I don't follow a lot of the 'established rules' when it comes to writing. If you have read any of my work you will have noticed that the dialogue is not like other books. I want the reader to hear the voices, the personalities, feel what the character feels and without me having had to explain to the reader what I think they should be feeling. With regard to writing and illustrating the Adventures With Skipper children's picture book series, the greatest joy is the instant feedback from children. They are brutally honest and when they laugh while reading the book for the billionth time, I am beyond happy.
What is your latest project?
I've hit that age where I hold the title of father, grandfather and uncle at the same time. One of the obligations is making up stories for the young ones. When I found that creating doodles to go with the stories was highly entertaining to them, I got the bright idea to create books just for them. The Adventures With Skipper series was born and currently seven of the intended twenty books is published in print and digital editions. At the same time I have another Joshua Pike thriller being worked on. One of the things of note is finding that a child's comments on a picture book can be just as, if not more, brutal than any editor I have had for the Joshua Pike stories.
Published 2015-08-27.
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Interview With Sid
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
James Parker invites the Supreme Being to appear as a guest on his television talk show. Who shows up and what they have to say is not what James was prepared for. It turns out that we aren't the only ones with a sense of humor.
The Cure
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,170. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A pandemic virus has broken out and two close friends of Special Agent Joshua Pike are infected and near death. A big pharmaceutical company is filing a patent for a medicine to fight the pandemic while hospitals around the world are overrun with new patients. Can Special Agent Pike find the source in time to stop the deaths of more people?
Memoirs of Some Guy
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 15,190. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
From shopping at the mall to outrageous business ideas, this collection of short stories is from the point of view of a man who is one of the few remaining things Made In America. Women will especially appreciate a true man's point of view on shopping. WARNING: do not read this book in situations where laughing out loud is inappropriate.
7 Days
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 56,510. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
7 Days is drawn from the nightmares spawned by modern headlines. International terrorists have launched a plot to bring America to its knees. But as Special Agent Joshua Pike finds out, the enemy is not always who you think it is. With a friend named Wilson, Special Agent Pike has less than ten days to solve the puzzle and stop the plot.