Interview with Jeffrey M. Fortney

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was 10 years old and wrote a short story about a lost puppy looking for his family. The babysitter read it and sent it to the Arizona Republic newspaper which published the story. I received a copy of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Tarzan of the Apes as compensation!
What is your writing process?
After an idea has coalesced, I write out a rough outline in paragraph format. When the writing bug bites, I get on the computer and begin typing. When I'm typed out, I stop for the evening. Once the story is complete, I go back throughout and edit and tweak, as needed.

If I'm working with my son, Kyle, I then turn it over to him for his tweaking and edits. Then I make a final pass through to fix any last minute issues.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was a children's science fiction story about a ring-tailed cat from outer space (unfortunately I don't recall the name of the story). I've been a fan of science fiction ever since!
How do you approach cover design?
I select a scene from the story that best reflects the story. My first thought is to ask my oldest son who is an artist if he can do the cover. If he's not available, then I look into other artists.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Space Doctor by Lee Correy (G. Harry Stine) - one of Stine's best!

Glory Road by Robert A. Heinlein - a rip-roaring adventure!

Crisis on Centaurus by Brad Ferguson - a really cool Star Trek Original Series novel.

Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs - a classic adventure novel.

Cyborg by Martin Caidin - the inspiration for The Six Million Dollar Man!
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, adventure, histories, and biographies.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started with a Pandigital Novel but have gravitated to an Apple iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've used e-mails, Facebook, Twitter, business cards, bookmarks, local author events, blogging, websites, and a number of other options. Each have provided limited visibility and sales. Planning on broadening my marketing in the months to come!
Describe your desk
I have a standard corner unit style desk. It is often cluttered but that keeps others from messing with it. I've just finished modifying it into a stand-up desk to help improve my posture and health.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My primary employment involves being a technical editor the the world's foremost publisher of Fire Service training manuals and materials. As such my work is edited by others.

When I decided to publish my novel, I didn't want an editor changing my vision for his or hers. E-publishing as an independent allows me to maintain my vision for my stories
Published 2013-12-01.
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Books by This Author

Honing Your Instructional Skills
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,540. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / Success, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Professional development
Do you ever wonder why some instructors/teachers are more successful than others? How are they able to reach and inspire their students when others cannot? What are they doing differently than their co-workers? What can you do to become a more effective instructor/teacher? Honing Your Instructional Skills discusses nine areas that instructors/teachers can work on to improve their teaching.