Interview with Lidia Dayes

When did you first start writing?
My love for writing began as a child with an overactive imagination and has only grown since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As we live in a world centered on technology, going indie seemed like the most logical choice. Being an indie author also allows me a level of freedom over my work that simply cannot be found in your typical brick and mortar publishing company. Not only can I write what I want without pressure, I can save my readers money by bringing it to them at a much lower cost.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the inner machinations of my mind being put into words; experiencing characters coming to life in ways that leave me just a little bit scared, those are the greatest joys of writing for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
As if i wrote it yesterday. It was a brilliant masterpiece...for a nine year old. I still have it locked safely away where none will stumble upon it, but i do take it out on occasion if I'm in the mood for a good laugh.
What is your writing process?
That all depends on what I am writing, but mostly I sit down at the keyboard and either let the words flow from my fingertips like droplets of rain tapping rhythmically on a roof, or pound my head against the desk in utter frustration as all words and thought elude me. I keep a pillow nearby as my head is not as hard as it used to be.
How do you approach cover design?
I design the covers for my books myself and I do my very best to design covers that not only convey feeling, but also give a glimpse of what awaits on the pages within.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Of all the e-readers I own, when it comes to reading my favorite is the basic kindle e-reader without all the bells and whistles which would only serve to distract me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As an indie author, I take advantage of as much free advertising and marketing as I can to keep costs down. Facebook and Twitter are great as are local book clubs and general word of mouth.
Describe your desk
For an author my desk is surprisingly organized. This has more to do with a certain cat that likes to run rampant across it at the most inopportune times than it does out of any sense of organization on my part.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There are three things that get me out of bed each day. The first is a pesky cat swatting my nose in the hopes of getting a treat, the second is mother nature and the third is my almost obsessive need to turn thought into written word.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a godsend! Not only do they offer a platform where I can publish books, but they distribute to nearly all of the major eBook retailers (many of which do not accept submissions by the individual author) for FREE! I can't ask for a better deal than that.
Published 2015-09-15.
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