Interview with S.E. Batt

What do your fans mean to you?
A lot, obviously. They're the ones who are supporting me on every step I make as I write silly and funny stories. Making them laugh is a fantastic feel for me.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Tom Holt, Jonathon Gould, Neil Gaiman, Lazette Gifford, J.A. Marlow, Necia Phoenix, and Ashe Elton Parker.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The ability to write a silly, funny, downright ridiculous story, and bring a smile to the face of those who reads them. That's always a treasure.
Describe your desk
We don't describe that.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing. Plotting my writing. Swearing very loudly and drawing my notebook dedicated to writing. You ever had an idea fly out the window because you weren't fast enough with the pen and pencil? It's a nightmare.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and write. There's really not much to it.

People like to take sides with the Plotters vs Pantsers argument, but I see both as valuable tools. I will plot when I see the chance to, and I will pants when I don't. I don't want to sit on an outline because I'm too scared to pants, but I also don't want the story to drift off into obscurity because I didn't want to plot.
How do you approach cover design?
Simple, but effective. I don't like very busy covers. I prefer them to be very simple in design. Sometimes, the greatest art asset on the cover will be the title itself. It's a lot of fun to see what kind of simple yet effective ways of designing a cover I can come up with.
What are you working on next?
The next question, probably.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The sharing. I love to see people reading my work. Even better, I love to see people laughing at my work. That is, unless they're laughing at it because it's bad. Those moments make me very sad.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing the Humor section. Yeah, I love humor a lot. I'm supposed to be reading all kinds of genres, but the funnys feel like home to me. I love how humor can be so different between each person.
Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
Hands in the air.
Published 2013-10-18.
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Books by This Author

Louise (with 'Freelance Winner')
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,190. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
In a world where only four 'types' of people exist -- Lucy, Emily,Chris and David -- one Lucy Stallow ventures to buy herself Lucy clothes. She spies an Emily wearing clothes she would love to wear, the temptation to break the social norm becoming too strong. Will she challenge the norm and experiment with her identity? Approx. 4,500 words, alongside 'Freelance Winner', approx. 4,000 words.
At Home in the Stars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,820. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Jenny and Alice find themselves on an alien spaceship, the latest specimens in an intergalactic zoo. Their demands prove taxing to the aliens, while the people on Earth learn how comfy a lifetime in a space-bound zoo really is. Can the pair escape the madness and get back home? A short story at approximately 7,000 words, originally in the Quantum Zoo anthology by D.J. Gelner and J.M. Ney-Grimm.
Kin Ship
Series: The Adelstein, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,320. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Kingsley and Adelstein find themselves trapped within a pirate base, told to become pirates or suffer the consequences. Things turn strange when the pirate leader, Alterash, takes a liking to the intelligent ship. Kingsley hopes for a sane and simple challenge for once, but the ABC books and baby rattles say otherwise... A humorous science fiction novella, totalling around 38,000 words.
A Refund on Death (with Tormentor Test)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,900. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Jessica decides to make her day more exciting with tricks on her motorcycle. A quick slip, however, leaves her at the mercy of death herself, long before she hoped she would pay a visit. In a final stand, she tries to make what nobody else has ever made -- a refund on death. Will she make her claim known in the face of death? A 3,500 word short, with bonus story 'Tormentor Test' at 3,600 words
Flash Friday Collection Vol. 2
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 22,400. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
S.E. Batt has been releasing free flash fiction on his website for over a year, tied with both Forward Motion Writer's 'Flash Friday' and the collection website Friday Flash. Now, he has made his second collection of flash fiction available on digital readers for easy reading. Dive into a huge collection of stories and see what you can find.
Short Story Omnibus Vol.1
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 45,840. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
People are already exploring the strange and humorous worlds that S.E. Batt has put into short story form through the Short Story Collections. At 30% off the price of buying two collections, the Short Story Omnibus contains all short stories included in Short Story Collections 1 and 2. Save money and time today! Approximately 43,000 words of short stories, twelve total stories.
Martin Dripps, P.I.: The Lost Rainbow Case
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 16,350. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Seamus the leprechaun approaches Martin Dripps with a curious case; his rainbow vanished, and with it, his pot of gold. Martin (mad enough to take the case) and his dog Chumples (mad enough to join him) take the case, and ventures into the town of West O'Backwards to track it down. Did the luck of the leprechauns just run out? A humorous novelette totalling approx. 13,000 words.
Weapon of Choice
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,020. Language: English. Published: February 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Dennis thrived as a grubby, good-for-nothing farmboy in a typical Fantasy world, which made him the prime material for being selected by the gods to go on an epic quest. When chosen, he discovered he is left with nothing but a feather to defend himself with. Will Dennis complete his quest and get back home with his sanity intact? A Fantasy parody work totalling approx. 13500 words.
Short Story Collection Vol. 2
Series: Short Story Collections, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,630. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
For the past few months, S.E. Batt has been releasing a steady stream of short stories, all of which with a fun and humorous tone to them. Now, the second batch of three releases of short stories are gathered into one collection for easy reading. Contains the following short stories: Consult the Occult, Curse of Impatience, Moving House, Child With No Name, A Lump of Coal, Coal New Problem.
A Star for Christmas
Price: Free! Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Santa Claus takes up the challenge when a girl asks him for a star for Christmas, employing a few tricks up his red and white sleeve to get the job done. Can he make the girl's Christmas her best ever yet? A free of charge, Christmas themed short story, totalling 1600 words.
A Lump of Coal (with Coal New Problem)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,210. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Every child wants to appease Santa. All except one, that is. Cassandra once again ruins a Christmas Eve celebration and is lectured by Santa for her bad behaviour, but baffles everyone by smiling the entire time. Could Cassandra have an ulterior motive for her naughtiness? A humorous Christmas short story totalling around 3,100 words, with a bonus short story, 'Coal New Problem', at 3,200 words.
Moving House (with 'Child With No Name')
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,510. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Jacob experiences the strangest morning ever when he awakes to find his son, Terrence, has built legs on his house. Will Jacob get his house back to normal, or will he embrace this addition to become the owner of the first ever walking home? A humorous short story at 3,500 words, which comes with another short story, 'Child With No Name', a humorous story at 3,300 words.
Friend Ship
Series: The Adelstein, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,260. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Captain Kingsley finds a great deal on a first-class solution. His new vessel comes equipped with hyperdrive, plenty of cup holders, and the latest in human-like AI. Maybe a bit too human, including a few annoying juvenile tendencies. ‘High maintenance’ takes on a whole new meaning aboard the universe’s first emotionally unstable spaceship! A humorous Science Fiction novelette approx. 12,000 words
The Invention of Crime (an Autyre Novel)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 68,790. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Three thieves stumble onto the prize of their lives: a town where crime does not exist yet. Between the town's populace, a rival from the distant past, and their own stupidity, however, their heists do not go as smoothly as they hoped. Will their blunders cause them to become the first prisoners in Crystal Lake Town history? A humorous fantasy novel approximately 65,000 words.
'Til Death Does His Part
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,290. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The world's greatest murderer finally goes to jail. Unfortunately, that murderer is Death. Disaster strikes when the Grim Reaper is jailed for murder, the world becoming free of all death as a result. In his desperation, Death calls for his three closest friends to do his job in his stead. Will they be able to get the world's death quota back on track? A humorous novelette at 10,000 words.
Consult the Occult (with Curse of Impatience)
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,670. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Andrew, the desire for revenge in his heart, approaches an occult to see if they can exact the punishment he wants. Except, despite his previous impression of what a cult consists of, it is discovered that these ones are less than adequate at the job given to them. A humorous short story at 4,700 words. BONUS SHORT STORY! 'Curse of Impatience', a humorous fantasy short story at 4,000 words.
Flash Friday Collection Vol. 1
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 23,040. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
For almost a year, S.E. Batt has been publishing a piece of flash fiction on his website every Friday for free. Now, his first twenty-five pieces are available to download for e-readers! Dive into a huge collection of stories and see what you can find.
Demonic Dilemma (A Baldwin Story)
Series: Baldwin, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,070. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Baldwin, the Rivetwerk's one (and only, for good reason) supernatural hunter, goes head-to-head with a succubus after making a grave misstep in his second adventure. With a furious demon on his tail in the gang-infested lands of the Oil Alleys, can Baldwin make it out with his life and dignity intact? A humorous fantasy novelette totalling 8000 words.
Short Story Collection Vol. 1
Series: Short Story Collections, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,500. Language: English. Published: May 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A collection of six short stories by the humour writer S.E. Batt. Contains the following works: Books and Stripes, Grounded to Earth, Gone Mything, Gifts Dragon, A Present for Cynthia and A Talk In The Forest.
Missing Planet
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 12,800. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The Planetary Monitoring Station finds a nasty surprise when one of the planets in their solar system vanishes without a trace. Mystified by its disappearance, Garren sets out to try to find it. Will the planet be found again? A humorous short story at 6,100 words, bundled with BONUS SHORT STORY 'Act of God' at 3,800 words.
A Present for Cynthia
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,920. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
The Kingdom of Galha is given an unusual challenge, when its princess is absolutely adamant that she receives an elder dragon as a gift for her birthday. Due to her fearsome reputation of throwing the biggest strops in the kingdom, King Graham sets out on his mission. Can he bring home a dragon for her birthday? A 3500 word humorous short story with BONUS 'A Talk In The Forest' also at 3500 words.
Gone Mything
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,150. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Barry the dragon thought he was going to have a standard Sunday afternoon, when he discovers that the human race think of him as a myth. He sets out into the world for the first time in centuries to declare himself as real. Will he claw his way back into the history books? A humorous short story at 3,300 words, with BONUS short story 'Gifts Dragon' at 3,200 words.
A Hero Unto Death
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,310. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Performing a quest to save the world is much more difficult when the hero dies before he even begins. On the day the epic journey is about to begin, the chosen hero, Harold, falls in an unfortunate accident. It's up to his two assistants to carry him through the rest of the quest, pretending he's still alive. An epic quest lies ahead; even if it wasn't intended for the ones performing it!
Books and Stripes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Reading is an engaging hobby, but it's not easy to pick up when you're a tiger. Escaping from his rich owner's mansion, Mr Stripes is on the prowl to enter the world of literature. Using his wit, charm, and knowledge of the effectiveness of 'kitten eyes', he ventures forth into the unknown to fulfil his quest.A 6,100 word short story, bundled with BONUS STORY 'Grounded to Earth' at 2,100 words.
Baldwin's Bazaar of Curious Creatures
Series: Baldwin, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,620. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Barfights happen every day, but only Baldwin can manage to accidentally start one with a werewolf... With weird and wonderful creatures hiding within the darkest places of the Rivetwerks, the citizens needed someone they can trust. Someone brave, daring and incredibly intelligent. Unfortunately, they got Baldwin instead. A 7,500 word humorous fantasy short story