Interview with Marc Barel

How do you approach cover design?
I have friends who are artists who help me with this. I usually ask them for commissions for their work and I'll pay them. The cover itself though should have something to do with the story, usually a key aspect of it
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Count of Monte Cristo is on my list because it was the first real book I've read with an engaging plot.
Harry Potter, the series as a whole, because that was my childhood.
The Watchmen, great graphic novel and showed me how not every hero was super.
The Belgariad and The Dreseden Files, both are the worlds that showed me that fantasy can take more than one form.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything, but my favorite things to read for fun are comedies and comics. A great action/adventure is always good too.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My cellphone. It's small and portable. I can read on the bus and at restaurants while I wait for my food.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Tweeting and word of mouth, since I really just started this entire thing.
Describe your desk
My desk is my bed. I sadly don't have an actual desktop for my place so I tend to write sitting crossed leg on my twin bed and lay on it to think of new stuff.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Los Angeles, a not so great area but it was fine. It influenced my reading habits because I liked to get away from all the car sounds, cats and other people in my apartment complex.
When did you first start writing?
Third year of high school was when I started writing. It wasn't much, namely due to the fact it was fan fiction, but it was writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The latest book, in my head, is about deals and how you should honor them.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Lack of money for one, but my passion for writing was what truly led me to be an indie author. My creativity needed a place to go, and pen and paper became what it needed. Although, now you could say it's more mouse and keyboard.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's a good place for me. It was the site that should me that I can go out on my own and actually follow my dream. With a side job of course.
Published 2015-03-18.
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Books by This Author

One's Day and Night
Price: Free! Words: 13,680. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Two weeks, that's all the time Chris has before Matt and work partner leaves for a new city. Peaceful mornings was what he had planned. The hectic nights not so much. He really just wanted to have a good send off for his friend. The man really didn't want any of these annoying things happening. How will Chris deal with one's day and night?