Interview with Garrette Allen

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I've ever wrote had to be a short story I wrote in High School. I never thought I would make it amount to anything, but it currently is being turned into the "Seven" series of books.
What is your writing process?
I tend to get a lot of inspiration from things I watch on television. I like to focus on fiction novels/novellas, but I usually start out free writing on a topic I am interested in, and the free writing turns into a full story. I take notes to keep my mind up to date when I stop writing for periods of time. I have notebooks full of possible endings, things to happen etc... all for the same book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read non-fiction / biographies. Mostly war stories and biographies / autobiographies about people I enjoy watching entertain.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my android device to read the books I read.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have never marketed a book of my own, so I can't effectively answer this question.
Describe your desk
My desk is a kitchen table, organized with pens, i refuse to write with pencils. A lot of notepads as well. Most of them are full
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northern Maine, but it hasn't directly influenced my life. There have been a few people I've met that made an impact on me so I used their personality for a character I've been writing about though.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing for fun after I turned 18.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am a fan of suspense / thrillers, but all of it has been made up to this point there is no story behind the creation of it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Ease of publishing compared to going through a bigger company.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, they are making the publishing process seamless and easy.
Published 2015-08-12.
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