Interview with Joy Smith

Published 2016-01-29.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
So I could share my stories sooner, but I appreciate the publishers who also published some of my novels and stories..
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Sharing my characters, history, and ideas.
What are you working on next?
Taboo Tech Two. I have got to finish it!
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Lois McMaster Bujold, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, James H. Schmitz, ...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Chores, including taking the dogs out. Oh, also, writing and editing.
How do you approach cover design?
If I have a publisher, I work with them; otherwise I look for art that relates to my story. Since I write mostly science fiction, I have a lot of choices, such as NASA and NOAA photos.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, mysteries, a variety of other genres--and non-fiction.
Describe your desk
I have a computer desk and a working desk (an old rolltop desk without the rolltop), which includes metal files full of notebooks and folders. There are stacks of book, folders, and notebooks just lying on my desk too.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a kid and made my own little books, and I continued through college (Uh, I could have studied more) and beyond.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a combination of ideas--sentient ships, AIs, aliens, family relationships, planets, ...
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I published most of my ebooks with Smashwords and relied on them for help to make it through the process.
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Books by This Author

Detour Trail
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,730. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2013 by Melange Books, LLC. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorena Emerson is alone after her uncle is killed by a thief trying to steal his money belt. Ignoring the wagon master's advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help, and they join a later wagon train and are soon slogging through dust and mud and steep mountain passes. It's a long way to Oregon, and because another woman needs her help, Lorrie again goe
Hot Yellow Planet
Series: Lori and Chiing, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,920. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
Sequel to Pretty Pink Planet. Lori and Chiing continue their adventures, meeting up with Chameleons, Ghosters, Splurts, and other aliens and humans.
Pretty Pink Planet
Series: Lori and Chiing, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 3,270. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.33 from 3 reviews)
Lori, an agent of SOESFOL (Search Out and Establish Sentient Forms of Life) visits Prism, a popular tourist destination, to track down planet pirates and rescue aliens, if she can find and talk to them.
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 22,490. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Not long after Anfissa and Ferenc meet, they’re trapped on a planet where even the grass is deadly. Contest winner twice.
Remodeling: Buying and Updating a Foreclosure
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,460. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Home remodeling
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
How one woman coped with selling a house--at last, looking for a new house, buying a new house that was a foreclosure and needed lots of work, and then remodeling it since it didn't even have a kitchen sink!