Interview with B K Buis

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've had a Sony eReader for several years and now shop through Kobo.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, word of mouth seems to be the best marketing tool for me. I'm new to publishing, so I'm just starting out.
Describe your desk
At home and at school, my desks have several projects happening at the same time. There are the usual tools, such as staplers, hole punch, and lots of plain paper and notepads for scribbling down ideas.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I think the midwest has its own particular mindset, and Missouri is the "Show Me" state. Actions speak louder than words.
When did you first start writing?
I knew I wanted to be a writer in the fourth grade when I wrote a comedy skit about a man switching radio stations during different sporting events. Bobby Orr passed the puck to...Jerry West, who dribbled the...football over the ten yard line. The students liked it, and that was all it took.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My Grandma kept an extensive family tree because she could trace our history back to English kings. There actually is a "Miss D'Alsace" further back on our tree, and for her spouse was listed a question mark. I thought that was pretty interesting and wondered why her spouse wasn't listed and who it might be.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was at a book talk by Bill Fitts, who is another author on Smashwords, and I decided this was the quicker way to go. Being published for me is not about making money; it's about getting read and having people enjoy my writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made it possible for me to focus on the writing and not worry about pleasing a publisher or agent. All I have to do is please the reader.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the creativity of it. I've never been that interested in celebrities; I am, however, very interested in what they've created.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? Perhaps some time in the future that will happen, but right now, I'm just starting out.
What are you working on next?
Book Two of The Family Tree series.
Published 2014-08-13.
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Books by This Author

The Wind in the Willows - a Stage Adaptation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,770. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2016. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Children’s books » Classics
Kenneth Grahame's classic children's novel The Wind in the Willows is brought to life for the stage. All of the famous characters, including Mr. Toad, Mole, Rat, Badger, and others come to life in this play intended for children.
Alice in Wonderland - a stage adaptation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,680. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
This stage adaptation of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland is perfect for all ages. All the famous characters are seen with a minimal amount of props and set.
Little Red Riding Hood
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Little Red Riding Hood without a wolf? This humorous children's play for a large cast will entertain audiences from children through adults. It's great for classwork or a full performance.
Cinderella - a Stage Adaptation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,610. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2016. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Theater
A slam dunk! In this large-cast comedy, Cinderella has to answer the "Magic" question to get the Prince in this fun one-act stage play for performance or classwork.
An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,930. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Framed by the story "The Fall of the House of Usher," this stage play encompasses six other famous and not-so-famous Edgar Allan Poe stories into one entertaining evening. Included are "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Raven," "The Cask of Amontillado," "The Masque of the Red Death," "The System of Dr. Tarr & Prof. Fether," and "The Facts in the Case of Monsieur Valdemar."
Grimm's Fairy Tales - a stage play
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,590. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Plays » European / German
Fifteen-year-old Jacob Grimm and his thirteen-year-old brother Wilhelm run away from home after their father's death. With the help of sisters Liesel and Gretel, they manage to survive in a world of wolves and foxes while encountering friendly ogres and the Bremen Town Musicians. This stage play has been produced successfully and is suitable for schools and community theatres.
A Christmas Carol - a Stage Adaptation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,150. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2015. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
Charles Dickens' classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to life on the stage. This stage adaptation is true to the book and includes all of the famous characters: Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and the three Ghosts. It has also been performed several times onstage.
The Jungle Book - a Stage Adaptation
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,950. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2015. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian
Rudyard Kipling's classic story The Jungle Book is adapted for the stage for performance by all ages. This play is faithful to the original book and contains all of the characters people know and love, including Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, and Shere Khan.
Two Short Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Two stories revealing how man can be both hopeful and foolish at the same time.
The One-Act
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,600. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
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This is a comedic play for one-act high school theatre competition for people who don't like one-act high school theatre competitions.
The Boy or Girl Who Cried, "Stampeding Herd of Elephants!"
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
The Boy or Girl Who Cried, "Stampeding Herd of Elephants!" is a comedic fairy tale spoof for school productions or classwork. It's based on the story "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" and offers many diverse roles for both elementary and middle schools as well as high school actors to produce for younger audiences.
Wild Kingdom High School Redux
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,920. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Plays » American / African American
Six short humorous scripts about the high school experience for students and teachers.
The Family Tree
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,650. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Two siblings, Trudy and Tommy, move into their Great-Aunt's house and discover a wall painted with their family tree that transports them back into their medieval ancestor's time. As their challenges grow, both Trudy and Tommy find strengths within themselves to deal with their new situation and difficulties.