Interview with Gina Amos

How do you approach cover design?
That was easy. My partner has graphic design training so I gave him some ideas and he came up with suggestions.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Apple iPad 2 using both iBooks and the Kindle App
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have a wide circle of friends both in the literary world and out. Most are genuiney interested in my work and readily read my book when they become available. I find word of mouth and also Twitter are quite effective.
Describe your desk
My desk(s) are quite neat and tidy as I find it hard to work in clutter.
I always have my Mac ready and save all my work to the cloud so that is always available everywhere.
My desk is often my lap as I write on a Mac laptop when travelling, which is about 4 months of each year.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Hunter Valley about 160 kilometres (100 miles) north of Sydney Australia.

Moved to Sydney when I was 17 and I think most of the influences that led to deciding to write and the style I adopted happened in that city. In recent years travelling 4 months per year both in Australia and overseas has also had a strong influence.
When did you first start writing?
About 10 years ago I started with travel articles for various magazines and progressed to short stories. I have always liked reading crime and the obvious next step was to try my hand at writing it. I especially enjoy piecing together plots that keep you guessing. A good book, in my view, should always be a true mystery right to the end.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It just seemed so much easier. If you accept that writing is not really going to pay the bills and you do it solely with the intention of giving your readers pleasure then independent electronic publishing is the way to go.
As most people are aware there has been a revolution in fiction publishing to the eBook side and its much easier to go with the flow and embrace it.
I think I only had my first book self self published as a paperback. The eBook version outsold it many times over.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing that as many readers as possible have as much pleasure reading my work as I do writing it.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are one of the reasons why a writer, writes,to have as many people as possible enter and enjoy the world you create for them.
What are you working on next?
Currently working on the third Jill Brennan crime mystery. I am enjoying developing her character as she gains experience in the job and grows more confident. We also see a whole new side to her in this third book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson and Ian McEwan.
Published 2014-06-25.
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Books by This Author

Asylum
Series: Detective Jill Brennan, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 60,470. Language: Australian English. Published: November 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
When a dog walker discovers a body in the grounds of an abandoned mental asylum Detective Jill Brennan is called out to investigate with her boss, DI Nick Rimis, only to find the victim is a cop and her ex-lover. While all the evidence suggests suicide Jill's not convinced and undertakes her own investigation to discover the truth.
Killing Sunday
Series: Detective Jill Brennan, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,170. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The body of a young woman linked to Sydney's art world is washed up on a harborside beach. Inspector Nick Rimis new recruit, Senior Constable Jill Brennan is the perfect choice to go undercover but her investigations reveal more questions than answers.
Secrets & Lies
Series: Detective Jill Brennan, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 61,840. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.80 from 5 reviews)
Everyone has skeletons in their closets... everyone has secrets... but when the corpse of an elderly recluse is found in her kitchen, the secrets she kept hidden so well, come spilling out & William Phillips, her wealthy son has the very fabric of his life turned upside down. Follow a web of intrigue through Rose Phillip's life to discover who wanted her dead & why the killer is now after William.