Interview with H.E. Johnson

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have no choice. It's either that or death from starvation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I ride dolphins. Saves on gas too.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually go to Smashwords and see what's available.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. And if I ever found it, I'd burn the thing.
What is your writing process?
I turn on my computer. I meditate on the meaninglessness of my existence. And then I say whatever comes to mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. Too many books ago. It was probably some kiddie book with lots of picture and REALLY big words.
How do you approach cover design?
Kristen does all my covers. She's an amazing artist who has no idea how good she is.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Rebel by Albert Camus. On The Road by Jack Kerouac. The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Seuss. Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen. Naked Lunch by William Burroughs.
Why: 1. Camus understood the human heart and this was his greatest work. 2. The energy of his writing encouraged me to drop out of school and take a chance on life. No regrets. 3. I like cats. 4. Very few books make me want to cry and laugh and puke all at the same time. 5. Messed up yet funny and amazingly true.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance. Nothing complicated.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kobo but I don't really care what I read on.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
HAHA! So far: none. I have no idea what I'm doing but I'm having a lot of fun doing it.
Describe your desk
I write on a laptop which is on a laptop table. Sometimes I write on our dining room table or on a kitchen table. I prefer to write on kitchen tables because I'm usually closer to the coffee and food.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern Ontario at the butt end of Canada. Hence my fascination with the digestive process.
When did you first start writing?
I was ten.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I don't know because it's not done yet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I submitted stuff to publishers, No one was interested except me. I believe in me even if they don't.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gave me and a lot of other people a forum to be heard. I don't know whether I'm a success but I feel pretty good right now.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Doing it, being in the moment with it is the best part.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think I have any. If I did, they would mean exactly what I mean to the writers whom I revere. Nothing. Adoration is meaningless.
What are you working on next?
My next book is a surprise.
Who are your favorite authors?
Already answered that one, I think.
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Published 2013-09-04.
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