Interview with Kent Barker

What is your e-reading device of choice?
It's always been the iPad. I've tried various Kindles but always found them pretty user-unfriendly. Generally I think the whole e-book sector is a disaster. Surely the various manufacturers and publishers could have agreed on one standard format. They managed it with the internet!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Effective!!! None. I do get occasional sales through Amazon, but by and large it's word of mouth. And occasionally I dress up as a smuggler and give talks at pubs and clubs and try to flog a few books of the back of that.
Describe your desk
I can't see it. It's completely covered with piles of paper. Underneath I seem to remember is quite an elegant antique oak stretched table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Blackheath and Benenden in Kent. I don't think the locations have much influenced my writing. Though it's true the protagonist of Revolution! Cubs '58 comes from Deptford and some of his memories are drawn from mine in South East London. School holidays in Benenden meant we often went to Hastings for the day. And that started my love for that peculiar seaside town and led me to set the local radio station in Hastings Waves there.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 3?
What's the story behind your latest book?
An Britush ex-pat living in the Languedoc comes across a woman's naked body in the vineyards. Before she can summon the police the body has vanished.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Failure to get anyone else to publish me!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The process itself. It's the marketing I hate.
What do your fans mean to you?
They help keep me cool in summer.
What are you working on next?
The Body in the Vines.
Who are your favorite authors?
Don't believe in favoritism.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing the dog is desperate to be allowed out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Letting the dog out.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes it was an embarrassingly awful adolescent tale of love and longing in a French seaside holiday town.
What is your writing process?
Start at the beginning, continue to the middle and then, hopefully, reach the end before I lose heart and give up.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
How do you approach cover design?
I usually approach a friend who knows something about graphic design with a bottle of wine.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Don't believe in favoritism - see above.
Published 2013-11-21.
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Books by This Author

Revolution! Cuba '58
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 111,630. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Nonfiction » History » Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba
The Cuban Revolution seen through the eyes of a young English traveller who works for Mafia bosses in Havana's casinos before joining Che Guevara and Castro's rebels fighting in the mountains. A novel, a thriller and a historical romance set against the dramatic backdrop of an impoverished Caribbean island in the throes of revolution. Sun, sea, sex, salsa - and guns!
The Smuggling Life of Gabriel Tomkins
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 14,590. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
Gabriel Tomkins was a smuggler … and a customs officer! This is his extraordinary story spanning the first half of the 18th century in which he rode with the notorious Hawkhurst gang, led the Mayfield smugglers, was shot, arrested, jailed, transported and finally hanged in Bedford in 1750.