Interview with L. David Harris

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have such respect for writing craft and the longevity of the printed page, I wanted to make my mark for generations. Being an indie author ensures my voice continues to be heard without interference from the guardians of the "bottom line."
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I had an unfortunate incident with one of the mega online sellers, which got my book sales page temporarily suspended. For the time it was suspended, it did not matter that I hadn't done anything amiss. The fact still remained that my literary fate was in one online seller's hands.

SmashWords makes it possible to circulate my message through multiple distribution channels, so I will not be that vulnerable again.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Freedom and influence! Writers have the power and responsibility to change the world like few other content creators can. Print media has stood the test of time.
What do your fans mean to you?
I hope my fans are people who are just as passionate about broadcasting a responsible message to the world as I. This would mean a LOT to mean.
Who are your favorite authors?
E. M. Bounds
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Honestly, it may seem far-fetched, but I am ALWAYS writing! While I am asleep, my mind is crafting content to a degree. While I am narrating audiobooks for others, content ideas are popping into my mind. While I am listening to others speak at home, at play, and even at church, I am mentally arranging content. I am a true writer, for good of for ill.

I guess if you mean what am I doing when I am not actually typing, I am eating, sleeping, exploring the countryside, thinking of new ways to impact the world for generations to come, etc.
How do you approach cover design?
I invest lots of time clicking through stock photos online, and imagine my subject matter. When I see something that gives me peace and seems to just fit with my book's theme, I purchase/download it. The rest of the process is to just start throwing on all sorts of fonts, design elements, etc., that will compliment the vivid photos I have come to enjoy. When they all feel harmonious, my design is done.

I used to use a freelancer website and just hire someone, but not anymore.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read the Bible and tech news. They are both a part of my make-up. I can be my truest self while enjoying them.
Describe your desk
My desk has all of my voiceover recording/production equipment, along with a large monitor for audio/visual/literary content creation. That's basically it. Lots of electronics...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I literally click through page-after-page of ebook sales pages until something pops out at me. I focus mainly on Christian, business, and tech genres.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read most on iPad, because like other tablets, I can have multiple e-reading apps all in one place.
Published 2015-11-24.
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Alive at 5: Victory in Retrospect, The Complete Volume
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"L. David Harris convincingly paints a glorious picture of God's grace towards every one of us in these daily readings. Each entry is descriptively reverent, worshiping the Spirit with such eloquence that relates with a personal and profound intensity." --The New York Christian Times
Know Peace Within: A Life In Transition
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If your relationship with God is not all it's cracked up to be, then pay attention. Do you feel like you're losing control? Has it been a while since your heart throbbed with passion for the things of God? When last did you enjoy His companionship? Has it become more and more difficult to focus on spiritual things? Know Peace Within— A Life in Transition promises to put the pep back in your...
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Fresh Perspectives: Bible Stories Voiced by the Voiceless, Volume 2 (Part of the Endless Book Series) is written from the perspective of the Ground Beneath the Feet of the Adulterous Woman written of in John 8:1-11. The Lord has much to say to all in the story of an adulteress, and the Ground can give us a fresh perspective.
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Essentials of Faith: 12 Bible Studies for Those Following Jesus Wherever He Goes
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Yield Not to Temptation: Experiencing Christ's Victory in 40 Days
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Alive at 5: Victory in Retrospect, Volume 2
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