Interview with Frank Carl

What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Kindle is the only e-reading device that I am familiar with, so---guess it is my favorite. I am looking forward to trying a larger screen version than the one I have now.
Describe your desk
Messy. I try to get it in a usable condition at least every two to three days with little success.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern Oklahoma. My childhood influences would have to be my early education. I loved to read, and after I got through "The Bobsey Twins," that many of you may have never have discovered, since it came up as an error in my spell check, I branched out into more adventurous novels. I read a lot of science fiction, horror stories, vampires and werewolves; really educational type books.
When did you first start writing?
This is kind of emotional, but I started in 2001, and put it aside in 2003. I started over in 2011, finished it in 2012 and have written two short stories since that time. I tell the whole story in my second short story of a three book series. Read the second book first. It describes my life experience, and how I began writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It is really a continuation of the first book. It involves an elite private detective agency, coupled with a trio of ancient Roman legionnaires, themselves victims of a Celtic curse in AD 50. The bad guy in "Blood Moon Demon" is an ordinary tavern keeper who was the victim of a Gypsy Curse 'gone wrong' in the 17th century.
The end result was that each full moon, he was transformed into an evil, blood lusting beast, feeding on human blood. The private detectives and Romans identify and locate the demon, they just don't know what to do with it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Easy question. After discovering the first 10 chapters I had packed away in '03, reading it was like a first time experience. I liked it, my family liked it, and they were very persuasive in getting me to finish it. So, 10 months later, 12-14 hours per day, 7 days a week, I quit. I wanted a beer but ended up with a Diet Dr. Pepper.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Too early to tell, but they have certainly been helpful, cooperative and responsive to my questions, and (I hope) understanding they are dealing with a senior' citizen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Another easy question. I truly enjoy writing. Now, if I can just work my way through formatting and other minor technical glitches, life will be beautiful. I have never been more pleased than I was with the completion of my first novel.
What do your fans mean to you?
As a result of being successful in completing these novels, several people I know locally have expressed intentions of writing a book. This includes a teenager, a pre-teen, and four adults. This came as a surprise to me and is very self rewarding.
What are you working on next?
Not an easy question. I will continue with the series, but need to flesh it out, and, at least, complete a partial outline. It will continue the series, but not all blood and guts. A little more humor in the next one.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oldies: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Bram Stoker -- Newbies: Colin Dexter, Patricia Cromwell, Tom Clancy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have several hobbies; photography. drawing demons, assembling balsa wood model airplanes, fishing, reading, playing with g-grandson, spoiling cats, and my coffee group.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon kindle, Smashwords, Internet, Library
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, "Ragged Ambush Bug / The Curse"
What is your writing process?
I scan the previous chapter(s). I go over the notes from previous chapter's. If I get an inspiration from those notes, I go from there. Then I start writing, and it usually comes to me as I write. I check a lot of synonyms and hope for the best.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hey, that's going back many years. Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs comes to mind. I enjoyed it, but I was scared of the witch.
How do you approach cover design?
If I have a good photograph or drawing, I make my own cover. If not, I contact a professional.
What do you read for pleasure?
Colin Dexter's Inspector Morse Series. He makes me think and use a dictionary.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Easy question. None. I am new at this and other than local word of mouth, local newspaper, and local library affiliation, I have yet to hit the big time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wish I could think of something, anything, clever or inspirational---but, I am a late to bed, and a grumpy early morning person. I like the comics in the daily newspaper, and a cup of coffee. Other than that, I am past the inspirational urge to jump out of bed, alert, and ready to greet the morning sun. In fact, one of the goals in my life is to sleep until 10:00 o'clock a.m.
Published 2013-10-09.
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