Interview with R.D. Coast

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! I grew up watching 80's movies with my Mom, and, as a result, loved Whoopi Goldberg. The first story I remember writing - and having a teacher read - was a story about Whoopi featuring her awesomeness.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Edit: I know these aren't all books; but, this is my raw response:
Shakespeare
Chronicles of Narnia
Stephen King
Nancy Drew
Dean Koontz

(Huh, I'd forgotten about Koontz. I think I'll have to enjoy one of his books next.)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Reading is like falling down a rabbit hole for me. Once I determine what genre I'm in the mood for, I'll do a search and then download as many books as I can. From there, I'll discover authors who I'll want to read more of and who have their own favourite authors that they want to help others discover.
What is your writing process?
This is a question I'm always trying to find out about other authors to check if my process has any credibility. Some authors plot and have a minimum of 2,500 words a day; or, are writing eight hours a day. That doesn't work for me. I've tried to plot but I always veer off course so it doesn't seem to be the best use of time. Still figuring that out.

As for word count and time spent: my goal is to write 500 words a day, five days a week. You know what? It works. For me. I typically exceed my daily word count which is great. And, if I don't, no pressure. I also keep a word count journal (spreadsheet) that helps me track my progress. Writing daily helps those words to add up and helps you develop your craft.
How do you approach cover design?
I know that for the genre I write (erotica), book covers are typically visually stimulating. For 'Possessed by the Demon', I made my own cover. And I like it. I trust the reader's imagination to put their own touches on how a character will look. As a reader, there are books I've read that have a cover depicting a man and woman making out - and, looking nothing like how the characters are described in their own stories.

I plan on printing my books eventually which means anyone who wants to enjoy one of my stories in public, doesn't have to worry about that eight-year old kid on the bus pointing out to everyone that there are half-naked people on the cover of the book you're reading.

For my 'After Dark' series, I use the covers to kind of play with, or complement, the intent of the story. (At least that what I think I'm doing.)
What do you read for pleasure?
Almost everything.

Re: “Can I be blunt on this subject? If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

I get it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have to market, too?!

Kidding. But that's something I'm still learning from other mentors. By the way, that is something beautiful and welcoming for aspiring writers to know: there are many, many authors who are incredibly generous with support, advice, and know-how to help you. Figuring this stuff out isn't something you have to learn on your own.
Describe your desk
Laptop on bed. Don't judge; come hang out.
When did you first start writing?
Most of us have written something; but, the first time I wrote with intent to write a story that I knew I would eventually (hopefully) put out 'there' was in 2011.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Distribution platforms like Smashwords. Frankly, the accessibility of a potential audience - and the immediacy of that potential - is incredible, even if it's not guaranteed. An author's delight is knowing that there is someone out there who enjoys what s/he writes. To be so quickly connected to the opportunity through this type of platform is motivation in itself.
Published 2017-08-24.
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