What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Getting out and talking to people has been really important. In the area where I live there is a vibrant community of artists and creative people who are very supportive of other people's work. Making connections in this way has been very valuable.
Describe your desk
It is rather small and made of rock maple, a very dense and heavy wood. Before it was my desk, it was my brothers. Some of my earliest memories are of when I would sneak out of bed at night and watch him sitting at the desk in the home we grew up in, watching him stare at the screen of our IBM PCjr, listening to the sound of the keys as he typed messages out across the nascent inter-webs.
Later, it would become a object of mystery for me, as I would sneak back in the day and go through the drawers, puzzling over tarot cards, long sheets of ASCII art, and the occasional improvised marijuana smoking device. I did a lot of sneaking back then.
Even later still, after he was gone, I inhabited it myself. I guess I still do. It still has a lot of interesting stuff in it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I refuse to grow up, and this has had a huge influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
Early. I still have a treasure map that I wrote when I was 5. Spoiler alert! It's buried under the dog house. (I wonder if it's still THERE?)
I started writing poetry when I was in middle school and kept at it into my early 20's.
In my later 20's I started writing short fiction and collecting rejection slips.
In my pathetic 30's I decided to take a chance on writing longer works of fiction and found it to be incredibly satisfying.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To see my name in lights, feel the soft caress of literary groupies, and to hear the lamentations of the bank account (end).
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's a really, really nice way to get your work out there to as many people as possible. Crucial, really.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting lost in the moment of creation. Honestly, aside from some main plot ideas, it's just as much of an adventure for me to write, as it hopefully is for you to read. I've been surprised several times by what comes next, and then surprised that I could surprise myself, and then a little freaked out when I wonder where exactly do these ideas come from?
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll let you know once I have some. I anticipate that I will like them, quite a lot, and appreciate them dearly.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to The Zom Diary. I'm half-way through the first draft. That's all I want to say about that for now.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many... OK, here's a top 5:
1.) Roger Zelazny 2.) John Steinbeck 3.) Neil Gaiman 4.) H.P. Lovecraft 5.) Patrick Rothfuss
I could go on.
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