Interview with John Leader

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was my first book called Aftermath. I had no way to publish it. I sent several copies to the major book publishers, but new authors like myself have very little chance of success. I had none, only rejection letters with little hope to publish. Then I was lucky enough to land on Smashwords. I reworked the book, published on Smashwords. Later I changed the name to "Blood Grip Against The Land" and reworked the cover. I had written the first copy on an old IBM used electric typewriter, for those of you who remember. This was long before even Star Wars. I enjoy writing science fiction and some horror.
What is your writing process?
At first I could just sit and write from my imagination. When I had things on my mind I tracked events, people, and other issues I wanted to refer to quickly. With this approach I use a table with titles like Book Title and Author and under that a table with headings like, you can use any you like:
Chapter, Names, Places, Vocabulary Words - regular or invented - and Character Traits. Sometimes I will color code items depending on need. For example, I might decide to color code all character names in green, red, or favorite color. This approach can help if you use speicific details that carry across many chapters. Nevertheless, I start out with a simple concept for the book or story, write a simple outline and add to it if I need to later, but this comes after I plot out what I call the skeleton of the plot with some idea of what the beginning, middle and end might read like. Sometimes I will ask mysel, What would I do if I were the character or what would that "character" do, etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I had a hard time learning to read, but once I learned I read everything from easy stuff to the full encylcopaedia, one brand my older sister had bought. The first stories I read were elementary level stories, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and then several written about Sherlock Holmes and by Mark Twain.
How do you approach cover design?
I enjoy designing and use more of a commercial arts approach. I look for copyright free material and work it to reflect my story. I use the paint program which I find flexible to manipulate and a serif program. If I had deeper pockets I would check out the more "sophisticated" design programs.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Obviously, my books and stories are my favorites. I prefer reading magazine with current material. I just completed reading a book by Barbara Rockerfeller called "Technical Analysis for Dummies" on stock trading. I was curious about the stock market? I will probably review it more than once!
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually science related magazines, mainly on new events and discoveries.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually science related magazines, mainly on new events and discoveries.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None at this time. Too expensive or spam related overtones.
Describe your desk
My desk holds my pc. My real desk is a simple pad. I write at a coffee shop that I frequent and I'm there, at times, late at night. First draft. Computer after that, many hours. I print material and work it; print material and work it; print material ....
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Where I grew up did not influence my writing. I do have relatives that work in the arts, from painting houses to painting on canvas.
When did you first start writing?
As a need to make money. I never did make "money". But, I did enjoy writing - creating an adventure, excitement, and action. I found writing time -consuming, emotionally draining, and completely absorbing!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write an action story with a hero type character with common sense, living, and earning a living, in a possilbe future.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Finding the good support that Smashwords provided.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided the opportunity to publish sucessfully. That I have done. I hoped to make some money, however, that may come later if Sci-Fi reader like my work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Plotting out, planning the story, events, action, scenarios, etc. Being creative and creating.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans, or readers, your writing remains only your own.
What are you working on next?
I am taking a break as my sales are flat. Should there be a positive interest I have dozens of plots, ideas, and material for printing, including horror stories.
Published 2013-09-14.
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Books by This Author

Jimmy Magic: The Zombie Graveyard
Price: $2.75 USD. Words: 29,630. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Occult, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
When supernatural evil forces call and intrude, what do you do? Nicky, the guys and Jimmy Magic must work together and face the strange powers that come from a dimension beyond the known universe. But how will they tackle the foreboding bone crushing evil? A dangerous battle that requires a missing book, “The Book Of Zombies Spells,” the master rod of zombies, and the diabolical Red Zombie?
The Young Detective: The Missing Gem
Price: $2.69 USD. Words: 35,640. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A detective-mystery adventure for young and older readers. The lead detective, Darnel Trumkel and his two friends Jared Krumple and Tasey Trinkel work together to unravel the mystery of the missing gem.
Zero Effect
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 65,170. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
From the depth of eternity explodes this mystery-drama-thriller ripping with action-adventure and intriguing psychological intensity. Who was Chad Dickson and why did he labor to reach Razorback status? Was it the murder of his innocent daughter that pushed him to track down Razorback Hackers for vengeance and their greedy illegitimate grab to amass reckless fortunes leaving devastated victims?
The Strange Stories of Mr. Murkadew Book II: A Strange Summer
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 14,540. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
This is Book II. Do you like strange and unusual stories? Then read these great stories, weird and strange, for all ages. Sample and enjoy. Gift someone big or small with these marvelous tales depicted in this uniquely written ebook.
Spooky Halloween Stories
Price: $2.49 USD. Words: 15,680. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Herein are scribed a fistful of spooky stories written by John Leader for readers of all ages. These are scary, wired, and strange anomalies and are spectacular but make no mistake; they will grab you by the eye balls and squeeze the gelatin out of your human eye sockets. These are stories that howl! Stories that scare! Stories that dare to tell! Weirder than Hell! Ha, Ha, Ha…
Fun Letter Learning
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 240. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Home schooling, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Language Arts / General
Use Fun Letter Learning and its activities to learn the alphabet, both big and small letters. The letters and activities may be used over and over again until the sequence of letters is learned. The activities herein are designed to be meaningful and fun.
Zodiac Clans
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 55,980. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Torgart, a world of swords, with advanced technologies. Torgart, where deeds move into action. Where challenges, duels, and rituals bind with honor, political intrigue, and clan power. A warrior elite planet that has tasted peace and continues strong. An anachronistic planet with a military government and leaders whose prime aim is to protect Torgart at all costs. A Great Gift for the Sci-Fi Buff.
The Eye Q Game
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 5,850. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Games & Activities / Word Games
Try your skills on this Eye Q Game. Are you fast? This game of letter find gives you the chance to find out. Test yourself or compete with a friend with the easy, medium, and difficult games. Answer key included should you need it. But most of all enjoy the game, keep track of the times, and see what happens.
What A Letter Says
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 1,100. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Concepts / Alphabet, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
Here is an insightful and fun way for children to read about letters and the nuances, or as writers point out 'the lines of lexicographical nuances'. This letter alphabet travels beyond the visual and connects to the cognitive depths of the reading brain. Read the letters, the phrases, and have fun with the underlining meaning.
Quick Arts And Crafts
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 650. Language: English. Published: June 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books
Keep active hands working. Download immediately and enjoy making fun wrist bands! (Instructions: Use Microsoft’s copy or copy all function to print the wrist band pages). Good cutting activity for pre-k (ages 3-4). Older students will enjoy the easy-cut colorful wrist bands. Different themes for all ages (less than a fast food meal) and immediate satisfaction. What a deal!
Poems For Little Children
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 1,430. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Readers / Beginner
Little poems for little eyes. Reading time for rhyming eyes. Learning eyes so give them time. Fun for talk and fun for thought. First the sounds and then the words. Learning fun will last for life. It’s not much so download now. So let’s begin the learning fun! Record the poems with your voice and let them play at learning time.
Brainy Kids Book III: Pre-K Activities
Price: $8.50 USD. Words: 860. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Elementary, Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language
Instructions: Use copy or select all with microsoft word to print all or one activity page. Great for children ages 3 to 5, or older. With 153 different activities you can keep your child engaged as he/she builds their skills. Select a single page or construct a booklet of the 66 writing activities. The math set has 63 activities and the science set has 24 activities for your selection.
The Strange Stories Of Mr. Murkadew
Price: $1.70 USD. Words: 7,480. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men
Reading time and reading fun. Do you like strange and unusual stories? Then read about Mr. Murkadew, his doing, his inventions, and his escapades. Great stories for everyone, all ages, and geniuses. Don’t wait! Down load it now. You’ll have great stories to tell your friends, and a better story than anyone else.
Space Warrior AD: BOOK IV
Price: $1.75 USD. Words: 20,680. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
BOOK IV of the Peter Blunt stories, SPACE WARRIOR. He hires out as an enforcer. Along the way he interacts with sexy women including female enforcers, mature content. Interesting Sci-Fi action adventures with futuristic detective overtones. A great and enjoyable read for the active sci-fi buff.
Zombie Love Stories
Price: $2.29 USD. Words: 5,510. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance
These are three zombie love stories. Stories that follow the actions of strong human emotions. Learn about Lamona, the evil doings of a voodoo priestess. Sam Baker and his beautiful house and beloved. And about Jordan who falls to a zombie curse.
The Girl With Animal Friends
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 2,490. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A great and fun reading ebook about animals. Designed and written for the young reader for entertainment and reading pleasure. In addition, parents may use it at bed time, read with their child, or talk about animal awareness. It helps open issues about animals and how one should treat them in general. It is a great addition to any child’s book collection that will be fun to read more than once.
The Boy With Animal Friends
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
A great and fun reading ebook about animals. Designed and written for the young reader for entertainment and reading pleasure. In addition, parents may use it at bed time, read with their child, or talk about animal awareness. It helps open issues about animals and how one should treat them in general. It is a great addition to any child’s book collection that will be fun to read more than once.
My Love, My Hate, And My Voodoo Murders
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 111,740. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Annie Harold follows the money, the human stories, crime stories, stories with dead ends, but her goal is get the story and get the money. New Orleans, Louisiana, “The Big Easy” calls for her next story with supernatural overtone, but she digs and it’s a cult or some creep behind the anonymous rumors associated with folk tales of horror. Maybe she hires someone but she struggles to be first.
My Green Potato Monster
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Legends, Myths, Fables / General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
This is a book for the young reader. Written for entertainment, fun and easy reading practice. It is a fun fiction that helps foster the imagination and builds creative insight. It is a good book to entertain and make the younger reader think.
Brainy Kids BOOK II: Pre-K Activities
Price: $10.50 USD. Words: 700. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Preschool & kindergarten
Instructions: Use copy or select all with microsoft word to print all or one activity page. Great for children ages 3 to 5, or older. With 123 different activities you can keep your child engaged as he/she builds their skills. Work with the alphabet page alone or use one of the 66 other reading activities. The social studies set has 32 activities and the health set has 24 activities to work on.
Simple Counting: Monkeys
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 280. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Preschool & kindergarten
This ebook is for beginning Pre-K counting or to reinforce the concept of numbers. It has two sections. One has a picture format for counting from one to ten. The second section has art activities for coloring, counting, and simple arts and crafts constructions. Note: Use your Microsoft Word to copy the page, or use the copy all function, and print it.
Simple Counting: Bulldozers
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 280. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Preschool & kindergarten
This ebook is for beginning P-K counting or to reinforce the concept of numbers. It has two sections. One has a picture format for counting from one to ten. The second section has art activities for coloring, counting (1 to 30), and simple arts and crafts constructions. Note: Use your Microsoft Word to copy the page, or use copy all function, and print it.
Pre-K Puppets: Illustrated
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 1,050. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Elementary, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Crafts & Hobbies
This well illustrated puppet ebook is an excellent how-to tool and learning resource for parents and educators. With guidance, puppet use can aid the 3- to 5-year old child grow socially and emotionally, develop oral-language skills and personality traits, and learn to connect with community. The different puppets provide a springboard for creative ideas for child, parent, and educator.
Brainy Kids Book I: Pre-K Activities
Price: $6.50 USD. Words: 520. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Preschool & kindergarten, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Readers / Beginner
Instructions:Use copy or select all with microsoft word to print this great set of activities for ages 3 to 5. You will find activities for pre-reading, pre-writing, and art. Under each subject there are activities that promote the skills of coloring, dot-to-dot, cut and paste, and tracing. The activities, designed to develop pre-school academic skills, may be used in any order.
Joke To Joke
Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 2,500. Language: English. Published: August 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
This joke book is for people who like funny, silly, humorous, tongue in cheek wit. These are clean jokes for all ages. Chuckle if you dare!
Space Retriever: Mike Long
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,390. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
The book everyone’s been waiting for! This Sci-Fi physical drama with sophisticated overtones tracks Mike Long in his treacherous quest to reclaim treasured objects stolen from select highly financed principals demanding their return. Travel with Mike Long as he traces, fights, plans, and retrieves valuables. Encounter android assassins, and the corporal actions of, Ticker, his android assistant.
Space Warrior AD 60,400.111103
Price: $1.69 USD. Words: 11,780. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Peter Blunt policed for profit. Government control of policing lost out. Private business had overtaken and won the job of enforcing civil law. Contract work for law enforcers lasted six months, max. No job security, pension, or health care to argue about. The government, the protectors of the people, had given the job of policing and enforcing civil law to the civilian creeps, the profit makers.
Alien Jokes
Price: $1.19 USD. Words: 2,560. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
This is an alien joke book for humor and enjoyment. I hope you enjoy it. Who knew aliens were funny and off beat. These are clean jokes for the average person.
Sankor Sangres: Mercenary For Hire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,180. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Hot combat from start to finish! Who was dogging them? Robots attack their ship, cannon lasers blast them on the planet, and back at Delco deadly lasers waits for Sankor Sangres unless he finds the answers. An anthropological research team meets obliteration, losses viable specimen, and treachery follows. Relaxing and great bedside reading for the action buff.
The Horror of Skull Face
Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 10,700. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror, Fiction » Horror » Undead
This is a short tale of horror and mystic terror. The evil-doer Skull Face must be stopped. Andrew Blackman, Father Santa Cruz must track, dig up, and perform the only ritual to stop Skull Face. They must find a way to block Skull Face from destroying the town. Father Santa Cruz has tracked Skull Face all his life. They must find the artifacts for failure means death. Chiling to the bone.
Space Warrior AD 60,400.111102
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 8,060. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the future the civilian population must hire private enforcers since governmental police has been terminated. These are the adventures of Peter Blunt,an enforcer for hire. Because of the high risk involved in his profession he is called a Space Warrior. Quick, fast and fun read stories. Four(4) shorts stories: 1.Sneak Attack, 2.Blade Man's Blood, 3.Sniper Game, 4. To The Rescue
Courage For Profit
Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
In the future the civilian population must hire private enforcers since governmental police has been terminated. These are the adventures of Peter Blunt,an enforcer for hire. Because of the high risk involved in his profession he is called a Space Warrior.(Hello and Thank You!) See Also: Space Warrior AD 60,400.111102 and Blood Skulls
Deep Destruction
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 119,420. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » Men’s adventure
Deep Destruction where basic hand to hand combat determines survival, where better robots technology determined by intelligence engineering is key, where group effort means victory or defeat and where finding building materials under stress wrenching conditions can turn events.