Interview with Ken Klopper

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest is 'Eye of the Chameleon.' It's a detective story featuring an ex-cop who stumbles across a strange girl in a mental institution and then tries to solve the mystery that surrounds her. It's set in South Africa and contains a series of twists. I always enjoy bringing a bit of history into the story and some weird and bizarre facts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional publishing is limited and it's very difficult to get a foot in the door. Writing is an evolving process. It changes and adapts as the author finds himself and his place in the writing world. Baby steps are required before we can take the big leap. Indie allows authors to do what they love and to evolve.It also keeps the control over the publication in the hands of the author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm only starting out here so I can't raise my glass just yet, but here's hoping that Smashwords will make a tremendous contribution.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Definitely seeing the finished product, the culmination of weeks and months of hard work. After many jobs the worker usually has nothing tangible to show for his labor. Writing delivers a product that you can see, feel and experience.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I were stranded on an island alone and started writing (probably on a leaf or in the sand) I would be a writer without the joy of being read. The joy of having fans and readers lies in the fact that someone out there is being entertained by your work and appreciates it. People should try to understand that readers and fans are the lifeblood of authors and should support them whenever they can by reading their work and posting honest and fair reviews.
What are you working on next?
I'm always busy with some project. I'll have to see where my creative juices take me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Strangely enough I don't really have any modern favorites. I read mostly non-fiction but I like the classics and Charles Dickens.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To be honest, I would rather stay in bed but if you insist, the answer is, the alarm clock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Not being famous, a celebrity, rich or married to a princess, I work as a lawyer. I like being creative and I'm also a musician and songwriter.
What is your writing process?
I get an idea for a story and develop a very basic plot. Then I let it develop during the actual writing process and pray that the end result is entertaining.I also let the characters develop in this way which means that I never know what they are going to do next. Most of the time they surprise me by doing something stupid or funny. I see humor in the most tragic scenarios.It's sick but makes it a little more bearable.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to keep it simple-not too busy. The key is to visually capture something related to the theme of the book.I learnt the hard way that in the digital world titles and names need to be exaggerated in order to stand out on a thumbnail image.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I look out for new marketing techniques and try those that I think will assist me. What works for one author won't necessarily work for another, Marketing is a constant experiment and learning process.Getting people to go to your page when there are millions of options and the keywords take them to the big names is an ongoing process. That's one of the reasons why I'm doing this interview.
Describe your desk
It's a bit of a mess right now but its usually orderly. I have a block of marble as a desk pad. Makes me feel special.
What are your writing ambitions?
I would like to become an established author known for my particular style who has a following that can't wait for his next book. I would love to know that someone cuddles up with my stories before they go to sleep knowing that I probably got very little sleep while writing it.
Published 2018-01-25.
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Books by This Author

Anjel The Agresian Enchantress
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 64,830. Language: American English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fairy tales
One nation divided by fate into strange and diverse groups. Wizards, warriors, fools, and robots struggling to forge an existence in their isolated worlds. When the demand for change finally comes, all eyes are on a young, courageous enchantress who must find a way to unite them . . . despite the dangers.
The Casket
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 82,670. Language: American English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A haunting tale of tragedy, mystery, and adventure set in the period preceding World War II.
Eye of the Chameleon
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,050. Language: American English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A simple quest to establish the identity of a strange, confused girl leads Colonel Robert De Waal to a place that seems to be frozen in the horrors and terrors of its past. A murder mystery involving interesting characters in a peculiar setting with unusual murder weapons and thought-provoking twists and turns.
Little Soot
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 61,220. Language: American English. Published: January 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Inspirational
It was 1934; the time of the Great Depression and Keith Watts was living a simple life and doing a simple job driving his train on the Southern Line. Then he does a reckless thing by stopping his train to pick up a little, roving girl on the uphill run to Gooseneck Pass. Together they embark on an adventurous journey full of surprises and colorful characters. Drama, mystery, adventure, humor.