Interview with Joshua Cook

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far just twitter. I've got a blog, but the issue I'm running into is how BEST to market books. I've had no luck at all on Goodreads, I find things there a bit confusing honestly.
Describe your desk
LOL, which one?
My home office desk is just a decent corner style desk, nice 27 inch monitor. My day job (for now) is being an IT Manager, I build my own computer systems, and enjoy tinkering. But it's pretty basic. Sadly my home office doubles as the kids playroom as well, so I tend to write AFTER the kids are asleep.

At work:
I don't write much at work, only on occasion during lunchtime. It's also pretty standard, no windows sadly in the current office (they like to move IT around a lot)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in North Florida called High Springs. I wouldn't say the town itself influenced me, other than the fact that there wasn't a lot to do there, and so I ended up at the local library often. I'd say people influenced me though.
My Mom - writer of poetry, and avid reader.
Mrs. Roberts - head librarian, always encouraging me.
Teachers as well.
When did you first start writing?
Hmmm.. not till recently honestly.
I had always done creative things. I had done a ton of theater at one point, had a full scholarship for theater out of high school, but then walked away from it after a year. (Don't ask, it made sense at the time) I cooked, did art, even played around with woodworking and the like.

But over time, I sort of got away from all that. Day job, married, two small kids, I didn't feel like I had time to pursue any hobbies. But I really missed having a creative outlet. So about 2 years ago I started thinking about writing. For the first year I really didn't sit down and do it. I'd start something, but get maybe half a page in, and never do anything with it. I would however jot down ideas in a notebook. Then finally earlier this year I took one of those ideas, fleshed it out, and started writing.

Then of course I got stuck.. but I'd gotten farther this time, so I kept what I'd written, and got a different idea from the book, and turned that into the Perception Series. I am currently working on the first idea again, and making progress!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Most recent PUBLISHED book:
Mankind is stagnant. Still fighting the same fights since the end of the 20th century. While technology advances at a blistering pace, socially, humanity is becoming stunted. But a small band of people plan to change that, even if they aren’t sure as to whom is pulling the strings, and to what end, really? Lives are sacrificed to the project, with a cold eye towards the ultimate expression of control.

Char, the brilliant but nearly emotionless programmer, trapped in the body of a model.
The Administrator, the unseen leader of the project of seemingly limitless resources.
Jameston, a sphere jockey just trying to stay sane.
Harry, a systems admin, sucked into the project, and now not quite as sure that he wants to be there.
Kip and Mike, private cyber security, out looking for bounties.

All will know to some extent, Perception is Reality.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just wanted a creative outlet. Well, and the fact I'd read a book and think, huh, I think it would have been better if they did XYZ. :)
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'd say by getting the books out everywhere. Distribution is awesome!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing an idea come to life. And it's cheesy, but it's a bit of immortality. My words, ideas, thoughts will still be out there somewhere, after I'm long gone. I think that's pretty damn cool.
What do your fans mean to you?
LOL Do I have fans? If I *HAD* any (I'm just starting out) I'd say my fans mean that I'm entertaining people, and that's a great and fun thing.
What are you working on next?
I'll just share the Book Description for ForgeMaster.

One thousand years ago, the ForgeMasters and the Chosen of Amder, the God of the Forge and Creation gave up their lives to stop the mad God of Rage from destroying the world. Now, the country of Taval faces new challenges and dangers. It’s army, once the pinnacle of all the free countries, has fallen into disrepair. The Priesthood of Amder falters under corrupt leadership. And the remains of fallen avatar of the Rage God, are slowly corrupting the land and it’s peoples. Taval needs help, Taval needs hope, Taval needs a ForgeMaster.

But no new ForgeMasters have been chosen since they fell in battle, and only the Priesthood knows how one becomes a ForgeMaster. William Reis, descendant of the last Chosen of Amder just wants to be a guild trained blacksmith. But Amder has something else in mind…
Who are your favorite authors?

I enjoy SM Stirling, love alternate history books.
My first author I really got into was Tolkien, and then Jordan. Early Jordan at least.
I do count myself among the fans of George RR Martin as well.

But mostly I peruse Bookstores and eBook sites and explore, I don't spend a lot of time paying attention to the author.
Published 2014-08-15.
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