Interview with Anthony O'Brian

What is the motivation behind your latest release and series?
Growing up in the country and mountains has given me a wide arena of experiences and stories from which to draw. Some of the things that I included in my latest story actually happened. The Summer Days Series is a way for me to weave those experiences into a story for my readers enjoyment. I am very excited to share them with you!!
Describe your desk
Piles! Always been that way, hope to change it after I am 95 years old or maybe a little sooner.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Central Idaho. I suppose it influenced my writing as it would have influenced my reading. Escape. A way to move outside the rural setting. I also believe it gave me a realistic perspective on life. Incidently, I love where I grew up.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was very young. I have boxes of nearly illegible cursive handwritten poems, notes, thoughts and such from as young as 9 or 10 years old. My writing really flourished in High School, where my teacher hated to grade my 3,000 word 500 word compositions. I was addicted!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Who has time to search for an agent?! It almost harder to find an agent than a publisher. I have a friend who is also an author that gently nudged me in this direction. It has been an inspiration to dust of several manuscripts for submission.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Communication. I feel like I can actually get my thoughts to fly in formation. I read what I wrote, tweak it and then read it again. I get satisfaction when I finally feel like I haven spoken my mind.i
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Living life to the fullest! I never stop working, doing, or experiencing. I believe that many things are possible to those who try...and so I do! Really, though, I am currently raising children. If you have or have had little children in your home then enough said.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I begin my search by author generally. I have a few favorites. Then I look at category, having 3 or 4 that I trend towards. On Smashwords, I do like everyone else and scour the first 4 or 5 pages of newest releases. :-)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That's tough. Not really, I have many, many papers that I wrote all sorts of things on.
What is your writing process?
First, idea. This has to pass a pretty tough filter to get to paper (or file). I do a lot of planning and structuring in my head first. Not to say I plan it all out, but to me the story has to have strong foundations in reality and possibility most of the time. I do write a lot of non-fiction essays that take days to really think out and then you can't hold me back once I get to typing. If it is a longer piece, I write a little and then walk away. Sometimes I write a lot and then walk away. Bottom line: My mind never shuts off so I am always building the story, rejecting events or ideas, and editing in my absence.
How do you approach cover design?
Photographic. I like things to look real if possible. I want to look at a book's cover and my eyes to glaze over, wishing I were there looking around at what is going on. That is what I am striving for. You be the judge.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use an iPad mini.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As an author, immeasurably. I have written a lot, but never had published a book, until Smashwords. Now my works are out there and are gaining exposure paving the way for additional works.
Who are your favorite authors?
Herman Wouk, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Michael Crichton, Tom Clancy, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Louis L'amour, Vince Flynn, Robert Ludlum, and more. I try different authors often, but find myself drawn back to these authors most often for various reasons.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock.
Published 2015-01-05.
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Books by This Author

The Pushup King
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,640. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure, Fiction » Inspirational
Paul Brentwood survived the war against terror, but another waited for him at home. Readapting became an every day challenge. He and his wife, Lindsey survived the housing market collapse, but then Paul was fighting for his life in another way. Lindsey was determined to help him fight all the way matter what. Finally, daylight breaks and Paul fights his way back to life.
Armed American
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,250. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In an uncertain world, Hugh Taylor does his best to provide for and protect his family. A recent move has put them on a little uncertain footing and as they try to settle into their new home and take a day with their kids Hugh and Mary will be tested like never before! A fun-filled day is shattered with the sounds of terror.
The Ghost of Mirror Lake
Series: Summer Days, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,990. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
Do you believe in ghosts? We invite you to find out as we welcome readers to the latest release of the Summer Days Series, The Ghost of Mirror Lake! Josh Mundy and Vern Ernesto are back at it again in this third volume, but this time they encounter something that will shake them to their very core as they embark on their much-anticipated pack trip into Mirror Lake!
Run For Her Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
From the sprawling farmlands of the Midwest to an epicenter of metropolitan life, Gary Cruise does his best to adjust and forget the sorrow of the past. Yet, he is haunted by a reoccurring dream that ends in failure time after time. Today of all days his life may be affected, but does he believe in dreams? Can a small change in life matter all that much?
The Pismo Beach Bicycle Thief
Series: Summer Days, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,850. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Prepare for another exciting adventure with this second in the Summer Days series! Josh and Vern are at it again, this time in sunny California. As they meet a new female friend, who happens to be blonde and beautiful, the introductions are interrupted as a crazed man becomes a bicycle thief. What started out as a petty crime turns into a matter of international espionage. Join the fun!
The Fishing Trip
Series: Summer Days, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,300. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
The first release of the new Summer Days Series brings a thrilling ride in a short read! Join the unlikely best friends Josh Mundy and Vern Ernesto as they embark on their first ever fishing trip without adults. The joys of camping and a crackling fire make them sleepy and prepare them for a day of creek fishing high in the mountains...or does it?
The Elevator
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,460. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Just when you thought you were safe! A beautiful August day in New York City turns into a struggle for survival as technology threatens to turn its security measures into a weapon from which their is no escape. Jacqueline Defray learns the hard truth that life is never completely safe, while Timothy Gillette and Mark Fetterman fight to unravel a mystery man's appearance.
The Two Schillings
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 183,680. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The 100 Years War has torn both England & France. King Henry IV is on the throne newly taken and his son Harry of Monmouth, soon to be Henry the V is up to his legendary deeds. This epic centers around a stalwart young man, Adrian, trained in the art of war, but not in the art of love. Honor is paramount and heartbreak is imminent. His first love, Victoria Marie becomes his study in both.
The Last Nazi
Price: Free! Words: 9,230. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
(5.00 from 7 reviews)
The Last Nazi is found in the American Midwest after 50 years! Born of German immigrants he takes on the bitterness of his family from the defeat in WWI; sympathizing with Hitler, he wields vengeance on an unsuspecting merchant of a local community. Yet, the ghosts of the past haunt him. His greatest fear of being found becomes a reality and his only salvation in the end, but it is too late.