Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, It was H.G.Well's "The Invisible Man". The character of Griffin Kemp was too beautiful and too much for me to handle at the age of 11 years old. I cried over his fate, and I took his name.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire artists, we do sketches, and then I chose the best artist with the best view towards what he\she thinks will help sell the book.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
H.G. Wells "The Invisible Man" - The best description of a lonely inventor with a great thing to change the world, but misunderstood by public at large.
Ray Bradbury "Martian Chronicles" - The most amazing, unbridled flight of imagination with a lot of philosophy.
Stanislav Lem "Solaris" - The main protagonist Chris is me, coming back home, and Solaris itself in my opinion, is a form of God, leading us to certain answers.
Ray Bradbury "451 Farenheit" - A scary possible future for the society that refuses to think.
Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged" - well, I lived it... We all need to remember that communism is not an answer, then we won't have to struggle with the question "Who is John Galt?"
What do you read for pleasure?
Actually, I read books of my fellow LGBT (M\M) authors like Erin O'Quinn, Tim O'Rahilly (Masters), and Susan MacNicol. Classics used to be my only pleasure, when GLBT revolution in the USA had opened my eyes to the fact that we, GLBT community never had our own culture, and none of the classics reflect that there is more than one way and style of living.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I do not have any, unfortunately, by my own choice, because I prefer printed books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
This is a 60 000 question I will be answering when I finally publish my book!!! But, as much as I know there is no ONE marketing technique that is a heal-all. There is always a combo that works best for a certain author, that will always involve time and\or money spent wisely to promote his\her work.
Describe your desk
Oh, Gosh... It is a museum with objects from my distant past, and mementos from my friends and relatives. It is always a bunch of things for me to remember people and places by. They all want me to remember them, and call\email\come back...
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in the region of Smolensk, as in Russia (former USSR). It influenced me greatly, but I had to shed that completely when I entered the USA market to be able to acquire a style understood by the Americans. Truly, these cultures are starkly different. American culture is more demanding, and a foreign author needs to adjust himself accordingly, or face oblivion :).
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the age of 12. It was a diary of a distressed transgendered child. Over the years the diary helped me to stop feeling sorry for myself, and instead see that other people were in the worse shape than me, and that I had to do something to help others instead of wallowing in self-pity.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This is my only book, and the story behind it is my past lives, twisted and enhanced to liven it up, but close to my heart nevertheless.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I kind of always knew that was my only way. I've been writing my novel since I was 13 years old.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't yet, I just joined, but i'm sure the cooperation will be successful!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is knowing that I'm doing the right thing, and people actually read chapters from the novel for fun and entertainment, and like it!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. My fans are my friends, and they are my support group. I try and do the same for them.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to "Gidealis Enigma". This is my one and only book.
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