I read on both the iPad (home) and iPhone (anywhere else). I use the iPad for longer, immersive reads and the iPhone for things I can engage with over a shorter timeframe.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The majority of my promotion work at this stage has been through my facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/MattJPikeAuthor. Once I publish my second book, Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor, I intend to spread my wings - one thing I've learned from my short time in self-publishing is that you need to promote to find an audience.
Describe your desk
I'm definitely a fully paid up member of the messy desk club. There is a purpose to the madness, though, I just need to find it!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in country South Australia, but moved to the capital, Adelaide before school age. The city has a relaxed and easy-going lifestyle, (mostly) great weather and an excellent arts and festival culture. While I like to travel and experience other cities/cultures, I feel a lot of that 'Adelaide way of life' has helped shape my personality and infiltrated my writing style. Also, my second book is set in the city of churches.
When did you first start writing?
I grew up loving music, drawing and writing. When I was in my late teens I started three separate novels but never had the wherewithal to finish them. After following a career in graphic design I finally going back on the writing horse several years later with Kings of the World. Now I have a terminal case of the writing bug!
What's the story behind your latest book?
Apocalyse: Diary of Survivor is a very personal perspective of a global catastrophe. I was inspired to attempt the diary format novel after reading my Great Grandfather's war diaries from WWI. He spent time at Gallipoli and the Western Front and survived some incredible hardships - from the conditions in the trenches, being shot, gassed and hit by shrapnel. Despite this, his diary is written in a very simple and matter-of-fact way. The juxtaposition between the simplicity in style and the enormity of the events he was experiencing was a huge influence for A:DoS - a modern day end of world story. I was also influenced by the prepping movement and what people are already doing to ready themselves for global disaster - there are some amazing stories out there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I want to use use part proceeds of my writing to raise money to find a cure for Rett syndrome. My youngest daughter has Rett syndrome - a neurological condition that affects mainly girls (and their ability to walk, talk and use their hands in a meaningful way).
Being indie means I don't have to pay for agents and publishers and that money can be channeled towards a cure for Rett syndrome.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been outstanding in helping me get started and jumped easily through some daunting hurdles as a newbie author. Put simply, it's the easiest way to get self published.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hard question to answer as there are so many aspects I enjoy. I think it's the challenge of conveying the information you want to deliver in a manner which is the most engaging for the reader. I like to put my readers hat on as best I can when I'm reviewing my work and I like to think I'm my harshest critic.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are what make writing purposeful. People enjoying what you've written, becoming invested in the stories, characters and worlds you've imagined - it doesn't get any better than that!
What are you working on next?
Once Apocalypse: Diary of a Survivor is launched I will be penning the sequel to Kings of the World. The first book left a great platform to jump back into the world and have some more fun. I've already started :)
Who are your favorite authors?
Grant Naylor, Douglas Adams, Ben Elton - all write great influences on my writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The cat meowing at the door for food... no one can sleep in with that going on!
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