Interview with Peprah Boasiako

How do you approach cover design?
To me, cover design is a vital step in the book process. I try to depict the characters in my books with my cover art. An attractive and enticing cover art is likely to grasp a reader's attention.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book The Hitman is a story about an average nine-to-fiver turned contract killer. It was actually an experiment that turned out very well.
When did you first start writing?
With the exception of some high school writing competitions and college papers, I've never really taken my writing serious until about three years ago.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Ghana-West Africa. Moved to New York City as a teenager. My experiences in the big city plays a very major role in my writing, especially my urban projects.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Readers' reactions and positive feedback. I write to entertain others so I'm happy even if one person says they like/love my work.
Describe your desk
Is steel and glass with a book shelve. It occupies my PC/printer, laptop (sometimes), pens/pencils/markers/highlighters and reference material.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The struggles author's embark upon when seeking a publisher. Also the never-ending stories about publishers ripping off their authors through hidden contracts. I'd rather maintain all the rights to my hard work as opposed to selling it to some publisher for a very small fraction of the profits.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I look forward to having a good day everyday I wake up, although that's just impossible. But I'm anxious to get up and exercise my creative brain. As a new author, not a day goes by without me doing some writing-related work. I use this as something to wake up to everyday, aside from being with family and friends.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
On the urban side, I like The Cartel trilogy. True to the Game series is another favorite of mine. I love James Paterson's work, even his children's books.
What do you read for pleasure?
A lot of urban fiction. Also memoirs and stories about places and things that I've yet to experience.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still experimenting with them all since I'm relatively new to this. I've yet to settle on a favorite.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
At this moment all I can say is that they've helped me maximize the channels through which my work is being distributed. Guess you can say they've helped me gain popularity.
What do your fans mean to you?
They're everything and I love them all. Without them I have nobody to write for. Thanks for supporting me!
What are you working on next?
The Sextape: A Dedication to the Ladies and The Heist, both short stories will be out 11/1/13 and 12/1/13 respectively. Also my debut novel Back 2 my Rootz (coming 2014)
Published 2013-09-21.
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Books by This Author

The Hitman: A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 12,800. Language: American English. Published: September 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Book One: The Hitman When an average nine-to-fiver catches his wife in bed with another man, not only does he loose his mind but he cuts his losses to embark upon a new life. With his heart turned cold, and faced with the challenges of saving a reputed state official's political career, as well as keeping a crime lord out of jail, will The Hitman be able to maintain his focus or will he fall?