Interview with M.D. Pitman

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in college. That's where I decided when I wanted to be a journalist. During my coursework I took a few creative writing classes and enjoyed it. I fell out of the practice -- really focusing on my journalism -- but a few years ago I found a writing group called The Iron Writer, and that really helped me fall in love with creative writing again.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm still writing my book -- which started out as a short story (wrote the ending first), but my first short story published, Willie, was a writing challenge with The Iron Writer. It was around 500 words but I expanded on it. I submitted it to a few places, but no one took it until the "Baby Shoes Anthology: 100 stories, 100 authors" accepted it in 2016 (rights reverted back to me as soon as it was published).
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Really, it was because of Joanna Penn. I've listened to her podcast, The Creative Penn (with a double N), for years and it seems like the best way to get my work out. I'm not too worried about being a world famous author (though, I wouldn't hate it), but want to get my stories out in the world.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll let you know when it happens ... I just submitted my first story through Smashwords (Dec. 2017) but I've heard great things about it (and it was via The Creative Penn, by the way). So the answer to this is a "to be continued" answer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's freeing. It relaxes me. It resets my mind. When I write, it gets me a chance to stretch out my mind, and eventually after any writing sessions, I seem to be able to work through problems, hurdles, etc. a little more easily.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get fans, I'll let you know. But I will value any fans, and any success I would have would be due to them.
So any fans out there -- you mean a lot to me.
What are you working on next?
A couple short stories, a novel (borderline novella) and a play (for my daughters' school). So a lot.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hemingway, JK Rowling, Scott Sigler.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
An alarm clock.
My job.
Survival.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm the volunteer Athletic Director at my daughters' grade school and I spend a lot of time working with that. I also do a lot of things around the house.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My Kindle, BookBub, podcasts.
Published 2017-12-21.
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Books by This Author

The Drink
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,890. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Andrew Frery is a recovering alcoholic and a politician at the end of his career. He's moving out of his county commission office when he gets a visit from an unexpected visitor delivering devastating news. But an opportune encounter the day before may save Andrew.
Willie
Price: Free! Words: 1,090. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Literary
Willie and Joey are the best of friends, but Willie died and Joey is still playing with him. His parents are worried.