Interview with James C. Tanner

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
In my early days of publishing, I was known as a song writer, and my first book published was actually a collection of my songs. Writing short stories, or any kind of story, was never a strong interest in my teen years. Although as a kid, who occaisionally got into trouble, I sure could come up with a story or two in a hurry if needed. In my teen years I was very focused on music, horses and girls. However, in Grade 10 of my high school years, I had an English composition teacher who gave us all a short story writing assignment. He was amazed with what I produced, and highly praising of my efforts. To the best of my recollection, that would have been my first attempt at writing a story.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Believe it or not, I use research software to locate which ebooks readers are focusing on the most. This helps me identify the reading interests of potential buyers.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is simple. I sit down at my computer at 4 a.m. each day and write until 10:30 or so. By 10:30 there are too many interruptions in my day to be able to stay focused on work. As for my projects, I like to identify chapter titles, scribble them down on recipe cards and tape them to my dinning room window. From that cluster I can shift them around to find an order, or add new ones to the list, or remove a few. I will typically write 30 or so chapter headings onto recipe cards for a 10 chapter book. Sometimes I can shape two books out of those cards. The rest is simple, take one chapter and write it, then string them all together, and shake them till they fall into sync. Once they are published, I am already well into the formulation process of my next book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a young boy, I absolutely loved the Hardy Boys collection of books. I read them every chance I could.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design, or as I call it "Cover Art" largely depends on the topic, and audience I am targeting. Colors and images are very important. I will usually create 3 to 5 different covers for a book them ask someone from my targeted demographic to tell me which one they like best and why?
What do you read for pleasure?
When I read for pleasure, it's usually pretty heady stuff...like psychology. I am a huge fan of the writings of Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, even though I don't agree with all of his thoughts.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I wish I could tell you I use an ereader, but truthfully, I use my laptop. It's glued to my finger tips, so I don't have a choice.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media is critical, and then a person must have a website page or dedicated website targeted for their book. People won't know about it unless you tell them, or help them find it.
Describe your desk
I love my desk. It's a maple kitchen table, and it looks naked without a laptop and cup of coffee on it. Come to think of it, I rarely eat a meal on the table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very conservative national capitol. It was a very international city as far as the populace was concerned, and that made it a fun place to be. It wasn't until I moved to Southern California in the late 1970's that I began to recognized how conservative my upbringing was.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am often asked this question. I don't believe prolific writers are created by training, I believe they are born with a passion for writing. A song bird sings because it's a song bird. I write because I am a writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are both humbling and a bit frightening at times. I am a very private person, and on occaision I get stopped on the streets by a person who recognizes me from my work. Fortunately, most of my fan base has always been in other countries so I am able to walk through my home town as an unknown.
What are you working on next?
Over the winter of 2015 and 2016, I've been focusing on trying to get a few cookbooks out into the reader's hands. I think there's still time to pull off one or two more.
Who are your favorite authors?
Louis L'Amour has always been inspiring to read. He is perhaps, in my opinion, the master of narrative fiction.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually my bladder is my inspiration for getting out of bed in the morning, I think it is for everyone.
Published 2016-01-10.
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Books by This Author

20 Traits Of Relationally UNSAFE People
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,460. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Psychology » Interpersonal relations
We've all been burned by bad relationships, and many of us repeat our bad choices without knowing why. Is it possible to make a positive change? If asked, most of us couldn't describe what a narcissit, psychopath, sociopath or machiavellian is, and yet, they can be a nightmare inside a relationship. It all starts with learning how to recognize the 20 Traits of Relationally UNSAFE People.
Clandestine Secrets Of A Highly Published Author
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,320. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing and books, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
Clandestine Secrets Of A Highly Published Author shares insider insights into the writing and publishing experience. Topics include: how to find topics that sell; the secret to starting a best seller; the upside of rejection letters; dealing with publishers -- the secret of knowing who; the 3 core ideas or concepts that are found in every successful book; how to get the best payment advance.
Granny's Kitchen Recipes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,160. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » General cookbooks, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » English, Scottish & Welsh
Granny’s Kitchen Recipes by James Tanner, brings to your kitchen experience many of those old time traditional recipes you thought you had lost forever, as well as new recipes which cater to today’s trendier tastes. You’ll not only re-discover the true fun of cooking, but you’ll do so preparing foods that are quick and simple to whip up without busting the grocery budget.