Interview with Jeffrey Kosh

Describe your desk
My desk is a shared one. You can immediately pick my side: neat, all the things I need at my fingertips, no fancy stuff. The other side is messy, full of notes, pens, envelopes. I'm a writer of horror stories. She's an excellent fairy tales creator.
Yes, we are two writers living together, so different, but connected by the same passion for the written word.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started as an indie, then, slowly, I made a little 'name' for me in this industry, and all my successive works have been published by companies. Honestly, I prefer to submit my work for publications, because I don't have much time - and patience - for promoting my stuff.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has greatly expanded my visibility. With their wide distribution to other channels my books are available everywhere in the world. Obviously, I'm far from being rich and famous, but I feel proud of my number one accomplishment: having a lot of people read and appreciate my tales.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are readers. Readers are the motivational engine in my writing. Without readers I would just stop writing. It was their appreciation that gave me the necessary courage to go on and fly higher.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a full time graphic artist, designing book covers for many indies and publishing companies, so, my job is always connected with the written word. I also work for the movie industry, creating promotional material and advertisement.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I wrote it at school when I was 9. It was a sci-fi story (heavily influenced by Star Wars) full of robots and aliens. The writing was good ... the story ... well, surely unfit for publication.
What is your writing process?
I'm a cinema animal. I write my stories like screenplays. I usually collect all the material I need about the setting (historical notes, specifics about particular jobs, flora and fauna), write down a series of scenes, then divide them in chapters. In each scene I write down the location, time of the day, weather conditions, the characters that will be featured, and any additional detail I need.
I'm so maniacal about this that I write the story in the same way a director uses the set: cameras angles, dialogues, heck, I even take in account eventual extras.
When the chapter is over, I check for typos, grammar, punctuation, and most of all, eventual drama holes. When I'm satisfied with it I allow my 'actors' to call it a day and I prepare the set for the next one.
Last, when everything is clear and neat, I send my typescript to my editor and wait.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley: the book of my life, even for personal motivations. Excellent, innovative for its times, and still unsurpassed. The point of view switches, and the conflict, surrounded by the theme of vengeance, are what make this book unique for my soul.
2) The Special X series of mysteries by Michael Slade: Slade is my main inspiration. This Canadian author is a maniac of details, just like me. He tells you everything about the place the story is set, gives you information behind every obscure topic, showing a great passion for research and history. Then, when the action starts, he's not afraid of punching you in the stomach with graphic violence. The final twists in his serial killer stories are incredibly shocking.
3) Sphere by Michael Crichton: here's another of my favorite writers. Details, details, details. Great characterizations, a bit of sane humor, and tense crescendo. Sphere is a good example of his style of writing, unraveling the mystery page after page.
4) The Dragonlance 'War of the Lance' Trilogy by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman: they introduced me into fantasy (yes, I had read Tolkien before, but I wasn't charmed) and showed me how even 'fairy tale worlds' can be full of characterization, passions, and grit.
5) Needful Things by Stephen King: I love small towns full of different humanity. I've read a lot of King's books, but if I have to pick one I pick this. Needful Things is packed with moral dilemmas, conflicts, and again, great characterization (yes, I hate bi-dimensional characters, I like full-fleshed ones).
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social networking. I interact with readers, writers, and publishers. As a reader I always dreamed about talking with the authors I loved. Now that I'm one of them (a little one), I want my readers to be able to question me, ask for clarification, and even criticize my work. Sadly, the social networks have changed so dramatically, from the times I started, that interacting and reaching out to potential readers is becoming harder day after day.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and grew Rome, Italy. This is a city full of history, culture, and art, and art became part of my life very early. The uniqueness of the 'Eternal City' has shaped my creative side. However, I also spent a big chunk of my 'adult' life in America and this has profoundly expanded my culture, forged my spirituality, and widened my horizons. I consider myself a citizen of the world. I've lived in Arizona, California, Florida, England, and Thailand, and have visited so many countries that each one of these places has left something inside me. In my stories there's a bit of all the cultures I interacted with, and some scenes in my books are inspired by events or places I have experienced on my skin.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Putting on 'paper' what haunts my mind. Sometimes, I'm literally possessed by a story or a character; it starts clouding my thoughts, and yelling at me until I pen it down. It's a sweet torment.
Published 2014-06-05.
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Books by This Author

Dead Men Tell No Tales
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,750. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2015 by Grinning Skull Press. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead
The Caribbean Sea, 1708 AD. In Port Royal many have heard the legend of the Black Brig, a ship of the damned bringing a fate worse than death to the isolated colonies of the Caribbean Sea. Pirates, voodoo, and seagoing undead await you in this fantastic journey in a land that never was.
Tales from the Dead - Second Edition
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 35,610. Language: American English. Published: January 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » General
Dead Men do tell tales in this collection of stories from beyond death. Jeffrey Kosh invites you to experience the horrors – and the emotions – of those who didn’t go away. REVENANT, HAUNT, Stryx, The South Will Rise Again, Dead Men Tell No Tales - The short tale, and Black Brig.
Road Off - The Shadow Mile
Series: Prosperity Glades. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
Some roads dry up when highways are built and traffic is detoured from forlorn little lanes that used to lead to somewhere. Yet, when that ‘somewhere’ is gone, so is the road. Beware of those roads, because they easily get you in. But hardly get you out.
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 5,240. Language: American English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » General
What forces a ghost to haunt its home? What ties it to the places of its memories? The restless dead may be fleshless, but their soul is made of desire and passion. And these feelings chain them to places of special significance of their past life. Their beloved home, the place where they died, a mourning lover. A dark secret.
Road Off
Series: Prosperity Glades. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,370. Language: Italian. Published: September 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
Alcune strade si essiccano quando le grandi autostrade vengono costruite ed il traffico viene deviato da desolate piccole stradine che un tempo portavano da qualche parte. Così, quando quel ‘qualche parte’ scompare, anche la strada lo fa. Comunque, non tutto ciò che muore semplicemente svanisce nell’oblio. Alcune strade continuano ad esistere.
Home Invasion
Series: Kosh Erotica. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,740. Language: American English. Published: November 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Suspense/Mystery, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Meet the Andersons, the perfect upper class family of suburban America. But what happens when their apparent idyllic existence is shattered by a stranger armed with a gun? Jeffrey Kosh invites you to a tour de force of violence, sex, and unexpected twists, in this one-night tale of human terror and treachery.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,500. Language: American English. Published: October 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Rome. 1503 AD. Inside a dreary tower, Cardinal Strigidi, statesman of the Church and powerful necromancer, delves into arcane knowledge. Nonetheless, for all his power, he is going to spend the night in fear, because a messenger of the netherworld will pay him a visit. Alone and terror-stricken, he must face the only creature he dreads the most. The owl. Poe and Lovecraft style literary horror.
Thrill of the Hunt
Series: Kosh Erotica. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 22,690. Language: American English. Published: July 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Westerns/Cowboys, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Meet Slade Carver, hunky cowboy and former big game hunter. Looking for extra bucks, he ends up bagging more than he bargained for. Because hot Alexa has darker plans than just a roll in the hay. Nothing is as it seems in this erotic novel of rough sex and betrayal. Who's hunting who?
The South Will Rise Again
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,650. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Alternative history
Jeffrey Kosh invites you to witness the struggle of a desperate soldier, forced to fight a fate worse than death, in this short tale of poetic horror. Includes a long excerpt from the anthology “Spirits and Thought Forms: Tales from Prosperity Glades”.
Spirits and Thought Forms: Tales from Prosperity Glades
Series: Prosperity Glades. Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 44,650. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
A short stories anthology set in Prosperity Glades, the Floridian town of the novel 'Feeding the Urge'. It expands information on the Spirit World's interaction with that weird town. If you enjoyed 'Feeding the Urge' this is a must.