Interview with Brian Connell

What's the story behind your latest book?
It's an account of the time I spent living at a game-lodge in South Africa. It contains stories and anecdotes about the exciting, and sometimes heart-breaking, interaction we experienced with Africa's wildlife.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that I wanted to get my story out there. If people would only take the time to observe and truly understand the wild animals that give the planet so much, then perhaps the killing for fun and profit might be reduced, or stop altogether.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
With terrific support, and excellent service. The fact that a manuscript only has to be submitted once, and Smashwords will arrange distribution to a large number of outlets and in device-specific formats is of huge value to authors who can write 'good stuff' but have no idea about the mechanics of formatting for multiple platforms.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Bringing back wonderful memories, and knowing that my readers will get to experience the wonders of living and working in the middle of the African bush.
What do your fans mean to you?
A great deal. Especially when they take the time and trouble to get in touch and comment, share their own experiences, or mrely touch base with me. It's incredibly gratifying to know that my words have touched someone.
What are you working on next?
Another book is well on its way. It will concentrate on elephants, cheetah and wild dogs, three of my favourite animals, but will also touch on the interaction of a number of animals in the bush, and how they are all connected in one way or another. It's titled: "Elephants Are People Too".
Who are your favorite authors?
There really are too many to mention. I am a voracious reader with wide tastes.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I am privileged to live in Africa with all its scenic splendour, its wonderful people and spectacular wildlife.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Out in the bush, observing and photographing wildlife, and ethological research.
How do you approach cover design?
A good friend of mine, a renowned artist, offered to make original art-work covers for me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
A dedicated page on Facebook, membership in various groups of like-minded people and word of mouth.
Describe your desk
Notepad, a multitude of pens, highlighters, a mug of coffee and my computer.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kenya in the company of some of the greatest wildlife researchers, film-makers and authors of the times. They, collectively, were my greatest influence and set me firmly on the path I chose to follow.
Published 2014-02-27.
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