What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have tried traditional, but found that they like to force you to write in their style, muddying up the original story.
Describe your desk
My desk is a massive 8 and a half feet long. I have two monitors and a 40 gallon tank on it with my Turtle Raph.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a quiet little town in northern Illinois. I think the setting and my friends influenced my writing style.
When did you first start writing?
I was around 11 years of age when I started writing one page stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book was a few years in the making. I studied Vampire as a Religion and drew from what I learned from those people. Their concepts and stories drove The First Family Strigoi.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My mother. She loved my stories and pushed me to try to publish. When I didn't fit there, she showed me the INDIE way.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not sure yet. This will be my first time using them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is like a therapy for me, but the biggest joy is reaching that one fan that absolutely loves my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything. If I didn't have to make a living, all of my Indie stuff would be free to them.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the INDIE magazine N3XT 3VOLUT1ON RAG, The short film TWISTED, a feature film DAY OF THE DEAD, and a TV series VIRUS K. Plus I am writing a compilation book of short stories for publication.
Who are your favorite authors?
King and Barker.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Filming or with my kids and wife.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Just random searches online or on my DROID.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I sit at the computer and let the words pour out of me, then I go back and arrange it into a story-line.
How do you approach cover design?
I love cover design
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I really enjoy the choose your own adventures from the 80s. It made reading a big adventure.
What do you read for pleasure?
How-to, Graphic Novels, and short stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Android or Tablet.
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