Interview with Joseph Hendon

What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and fantasy. Honestly, i like the inde published content more than the big name published works. There are more surprises to be found there than the formula stuff we have all been fed for years. Formula writing is probably one of the biggest turn offs of fantasy writing in my opinion. By the time you get through the first chapter, you know. The good guy ends up king and wins the girl unless its a tragedy. The actions and sequence of events are so predictable, you can skip a hundred pages and still know what happened.
Another big turn off for me is the way some women portray men. Eight pack studs with perpetual hard-ons only when they are around the protagonist. when is the last time any woman heard a man growl in their ear? Or the 110 pound super model who beats the crap out of a 200 lb man to save the eight pack stud from certain death.

i love Sara King and highly recommend all of her books. Fantastic writer.
Ilona Andrews with clean sweep, great read.
Neil Gaiman for some very imaginative off the wall fantasy.
Lois McMaster Bujold if writing style is as important to you as the story.
Hugh Howley with the wool series. great read
Patrick Rothfuss name of the wind - great story and writing style.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
giveaways mostly.
Describe your desk
where ever my lap top is sitting when i open it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Miami Florida. The huge diversity in cultures opens your mind to alien worlds. Gives alien a whole new meaning.Miami is living proof diversity in cultures can add layers to the whole of a population. i visit less divers places now and it all feels lacking. Less whole. Diversity adds flavor. As such, a story needs diversity and color or it is just not that interesting. We all bring something with us.
When did you first start writing?
Right after i board of video games. i wanted to create my own story and world. Though many of those games did launch my imagination to a higher level. My hat is off to the developers who brought imagination to virtual realities. gave life to our dreams. i think the advancements in video games did more for writing in the last 20 years than the typewriter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Two people on opposing sides of a war trying to kill one another or find common ground. It's kind of like a marriage. Haven't decided how it will end yet. Neither has my wife.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The opportunity to tell a story without having to compromise to a publishing house formula or beg for years for someone to look at it. i can tell it the way i like. Creating the story is the reward for me. Being an inde author allows me to create and show my work without being famous or having in laws that own a publishing company. i have seen better work come out of inde authors in the last five years than i have seen from publishing companies in the last thirty. The polish might not be there, but the material is significantly more entertaining.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Allowed me to reach new platforms in one place. Smashwords is a great opportunity for any inde author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a story people enjoy to read. Creating a story i enjoy reading over and over. Creating.
What do your fans mean to you?
An opportunity to improve my ability to tell a story. Without feedback a writer is crippled, Fans are the judge and jury of my creativity. i love hearing from them and what type of impact i can add to their reading experience.
What are you working on next?
A new trilogy that borders closer to science fiction than fantasy. if you stay in one place too long, it all starts to sound the same.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sara king, Steven Erikson, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothuss, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert Jordan
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock and a pile of bills.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly on my Kindle
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Reign of Malice. First one i actually completed. Many were started,
What is your writing process?
Create a romantic interest or remarkable character and build a story around them. If the reader is not interested in the character, the story will quickly be forgotten.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Thumble. a story about a horse. i kept that book for years untill it fell apart.
How do you approach cover design?
i finish the book and then look for a relative cover image that ties one or more of the elements in the book together.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Malazen book of the fallen. great characters.
Wheel of time. same
Forging Zero, same
Blood song, great character development
Name of the wind, fantastic story and writing style.
What do you hope to accomplish as a writer?
To be able to tell a memorable story in a way people enjoy. i want them to walk away from a single book feeling complete. no cliff hangers, no baiting, just a good story even of they never read the rest of the series. We all have a story to tell. Tell it.
Published 2015-01-19.
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Books by This Author

Reign of Malice
Series: Malice, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 120,780. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Trama, a human warrior forged in pain, strives to bring the blood price to those who wrong him. Sometimes to those who just cross his path as well. He is not noble; he is not a good person. He is a killer in a world run by the wicked. The days of knights of honor are gone. The days of freedom are gone. The wicked rules with an iron fist but even the wicked find something worse at times.