Interview with Darrel Bird

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success by giving me a place in the book market, which was previously controlled by the big name publishers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy of writing is to share my talent with the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me. Without them my writing would mean nothing at all.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a short book titled 'A Drop In Time' which will soon be published on Smashwords.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Stephen King, Larry McMurtry, John Steinbeck for their wordcraft, and Mark Twain for his dialoge.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day is a different day which God has given me to enjoy to the full.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend some of my time riding a motorcycle. I began riding when I was 17, and enjoyed racing, and hill climbs. Now I ride a large cruiser, and ride the back roads of America.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly by knowing what type of book I want to read at the time. Search engines on computers make our lives much easier than the old days.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story of a few thousand words Titled 'The Biscuit Run' That is how I discovered my love of the short story structure.
What is your writing process?
I would like to say that I write on some sort of schedule, but the truth is I write in spurts with no rhyme or reason to it, but when I am working on a piece, my mind is never far from that piece, so I suppose one could say I am writing even when I am not writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, a book by Zane Gray. I remember I had to stand, and give a book report in school, and I got so excited, and wound up in the characters, my English teacher shut me down before I was finished giving the book report. I had a hard time forgiving her for that smack down, if I ever did.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to give a hint of what the story is about...as they say...a picture is worth a thousand words.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are 'The Grapes Of Wrath' Huckleberry Finn' 'Lonesome Dove' The King James Version of the Bible, and Lucifers Hammer. The books each teach things a writer should know.
What do you read for pleasure?
That is a hard question as I am interested in so many different subjects. Perhaps a good western with some comedy in it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer screen since my vision is getting bad. I read on a 24 inch screen. I am so thankful we have wide choices nowadays.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords marketing advice. Book marketing is learned over a period of time, and you have to get a sense for what works, and what doesn't.
Describe your desk
Piled up with a tiny space for my mouse, and sometimes I have to scoot something back to make room for that.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small community in Arkansas. I think knowing everyone around me has had a great influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I am a late starter. Some friends challenged me to write a story. I did, and discovered I loved word craft.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest book is about a genius savant who has no social life, yet he has the same needs as any other man.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Less work, and more time to devote to writing. Not to mention the fact that I really don't care for a garbage can full of rejection letters.
Published 2014-01-02.
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Charlie
Price: Free! Words: 19,630. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The timeline is apocalyptic America. Brandon Linn has lost his family, and wants to die, but instead, he rescues a little 7 year old girl who changes his life. ***************************************************************************************************************************************************** The book is freely given. If you like the book please leave a short review. Thanks.
Forty Acres and a Mule
Price: Free! Words: 7,370. Language: English. Published: July 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Josh Barnes has had most of his land stolen, and he marries a black girl just after the civil war. John Bertram is dead set on having the girl back on his farm. He takes her by force.
The Compound
Price: Free! Words: 10,680. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Paul Murphy has had his house blown up, his wife killed, his job gone, and he hits the road walking with the clothes on his back. He is picked up by a man and woman who is heading for a safe compound in Colorado, but is that a safe place? Please review this free story Thank you The author
White Peak
Price: Free! Words: 13,910. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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An FBI agent is sent back to Montana where he was raised to find out who murdered two Indian surveyors who were surveying for a casino. As he delves into the problems at White Peak he finds murder, corruption and greed. Note: the first addition had some name confusion Gordon/Morgan. In order to keep the stories free, I do not hire editors.
The Winslow War
Price: Free! Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Blake Rendell returns home from fighting in the civil war, only to find most of his family dead, and yet another war brewing over grazing land. Carson will stop at nothing to see Blake dead. ***Free to you***Please rate book***
Crazy Lou
Price: Free! Words: 9,790. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The time is right before the rapture and Crazy Lou talks to a white angel stamped on her bag. Driven to kill, her fate is yet to be decided in a world where insanity may be the merciful thing. A man, a woman and a child find her in the old mill just before she has passed over the brink of complete insanity. ***Please rate the story*** Thanks The author
A Yondering
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Jason Allen heads west from the Clinch Mountains of Tennessee , and these are his adventures during the time the west is being settled. When he leaves the Mountains of Tennessee, he has his rifle and his mule. Trouble soon begins to loom in his path as he makes his way to the Wyoming territories. ***Please give the book a written review*** Thanks so much. The author
Between Louisiana and the Deep Blue Sea
Series: Between Havana and The Deep Blue Sea, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 8,790. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Jim Grady is off on another adventure, this time by land as he rescues another kidnapped girl. ****Please write a revue for the book**** Thank you The author
The Chicken Plucker
Price: Free! Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General
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Sage Kennedy was a 20 year old virgin in New York, until she meets Dylan Dubois, and falls madly in love with him. He takes her back home with him to Louisiana, and her life takes a vastly different turn. ***Please write a review of this short story*** Thanks The author
One Eye Open
Price: Free! Words: 9,590. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
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The government redacted the constitution until it was unrecognizable, and then the shooting started. The war quickly cut the food and fuel transportation, and ten years later people fought just to survive. Without a constitution the law was a gun if you were lucky enough to have one. ***Please leave a written review of the book*** Thank you The author
A Yoke Unequal
Price: Free! Words: 9,220. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
A Christian woman marries a man who is not a Christian. He is in the CIA, and he gets an assignment to Siberia.
The Blue Light
Price: Free! Words: 7,020. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
After his son is killed in an accident, a writer tries to pull it together. He flees to his mountain cabin to write. After he finishes a great novel he heads back to New York. Or did he?
Long Time Gone
Price: Free! Words: 8,760. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Change comes to us all. Sometimes in a moment, sometimes it comes gradually. Cody Anson, and his neighbors wife, Denise Banks leave early one Saturday morning on a business trip while his neighbor, Dale Banks, leaves to take a group of boys including his son, to Big Bear California on a week end hiking trip. ***Please review the story*** Thanks The author
Apache Son
Price: Free! Words: 6,480. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
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A man has killed the only father Chaps has ever had. Fate takes him back to his Apache people, and there he prepares to go after the man who hired the killer. ***Please write a review*** Thanks The author
Between Bahama and the Deep Blue Sea
Series: Between Havana and The Deep Blue Sea, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 6,500. Language: English. Published: March 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
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The is a sequel to Between Havana and The Deep Blues Sea. Jim Grady is off on another adventure, as he is hired to rescue a girl a girl that has been kidnapped off her fathers yacht. ***Please write a review of the story*** Thank you The author
Manhattan Mission
Price: Free! Words: 9,620. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Christian » Short stories
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Preacher was a drug runner who liked to pull the teeth of anyone who crossed him, but God has other plans for him, and he learns of a homeless mission who is about to lose their building. His life takes on meaning as he learns to trust in God. ***Please review the book**** Thanks
Shards
Price: Free! Words: 15,180. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » General
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Craig Martin travels a dangerous land that demands survival of the fittest. He meets Lou Benton who is a tough woman, and together they set out to go west, hoping for a better life. He knows of a valley on the Colorado river if they can reach it, but that is thirteen hundred miles away into the unknown. ****Please give the book a written review**** Thanks. The author.
One Drop In Time
Price: Free! Words: 9,740. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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A genius savant heads out to Las Vegas only to get lost in the Nevada desert. He finds a space ship, and travels into space at well above the speed of light. When he returns things are not as he left them. ***Please review the book*** ***thank you***
The Greenbrier Resort
Price: Free! Words: 12,430. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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The year is 2027 and the government has a place for Christian fundamentalists. The government says that Christian fundamentalists are mentally ill people, and must be helped. The week end is over, the family has attended an underground church home. The father warns the family to put their Bibles away in the nook under the stairs. ****Please review this book**** Your opinion matters. Thank you
Eternities Embers
Price: Free! Words: 18,810. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A family sets out to cross the mountains in hopes of finding a place to survive after an apocalypse destroys the nation. ***Please review my book***** Thank you so much. The author
The Scrimshaw Man
Price: Free! Words: 8,180. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime
Paul Jean Cramer, abused and neglected, has never known a day of happiness. A demon latches itself onto him as he leaves home, and hits the open road. Other human predators go after him, and his tortured mind does what it knows to do, and he strikes back before any more abuse can take place. ***Please leave a review for this book*** Thanks.
Wolf Lake
Price: Free! Words: 15,610. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Tessa Parker is a plucky woman who is thrust into the cold Alaskan wilderness with a cold and bitter man. All she wants is to get back home to her husband and her life with the man she married. Her health fails her and delays her return home, and when she does return she finds another woman has taken her place. **************please review this book************** *****************Thank you****
Fire For Our Times, The Baptism in The Holy Spirit
Price: Free! Words: 23,510. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Spiritual inspiration
A commentary and study on the Baptism in the holy Spirit by Darrel Bird and Dr. Adrian Bury.
Solar Cycle 24
Price: Free! Words: 15,590. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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An Amateur radio operator discovers a signal coming from space where it ought not to be. He and his wife are carried off to a government facility; their every day life turned upside down. Soon they realize that they must get out at all costs as they learn more about Solar Cycle 24.
Harley Hogues Mountain
Price: Free! Words: 2,730. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Harley Hogue grows up in the backwoods of Kentucky, unable to read, his simple faith carries him through. Simple faith for some people is hard to come by, but not for Harley who has nothing but faith going for him. The story is, to the best of my knowledge, based on a true story, but that is where facts end. I take privileges with the premises of the story to build fiction.
Restitution Island
Price: Free! Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: October 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Two people learn how to love as they are thrown together by fate on an Island in the South Pacific. Resentments take it's toll on their relationship when their boss decides to take action, but the plan backfires when his privately own Leer jet crashes in the sea. **Please review this book. Thanks**
The Seventh Stone
Price: Free! Words: 4,320. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Darrel Bird and Barbara Yoder team up to bring you this powerful allegory. Two children find the way out of the dome they were made to live under by their ancestors. **Please review this book**
The Family
Price: Free! Words: 18,450. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure
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The American economy has gone belly up and The Family now travels through a strange land. A father and son set out from Denver Colorado bound for the upper reaches of Western Washington State. In a land that yields little food the small band is doing their best to survive in the new wild west. **Please review this book**
The Underlings
Price: Free! Words: 4,410. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A humorous glance into the macabre as Chet Wolford, Hobo extraordinaire, blows into Chicago’s east side looking for a free meal. Oh, he finds a free meal all right, but he runs up against something his worthless life has not prepared him for and he begins to hanker for the old familiar bridges to sleep under and even perhaps a dead rabbit to cook up.
Riding The Whirlwind
Price: Free! Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A man who suffers from depression moves his family to Mist Oregon.As he fights depression and Desperate for work he finds a job in the timber industry.Life is not yet through dealing him blows as he tries to measure up to his new job. **Please review this book**
The Last Trip
Price: Free! Words: 4,880. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A fishing boat captain finds what is important in life when his boat sinks. He had promised his wife he would stop fishing when the fishing ran out, but the El Nino brought the tuna close to shore and he rigs out for one last trip. The waters of the cold Pacific hold him in a death grip as the coast guard searches for him. **Please review this book**
Preparation Day
Price: Free! Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
An Adventist teen who finds herself pregnant. She is soon faces the threat of an imposed abortion which she does not believe in, and which she swears will not take place, darkness envelopes her until she finds an unexpected friend in her aging next door neighbor. She flees to a home for girls and finds her life work as she encounters a beaten and bruised teen who is to be her roommate.
The Pride of Jesse
Price: Free! Words: 4,020. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A proud young man thinks he has the world by the tail until he is paralyzed from the waist down from a car crash on the San Diego freeway. His plans for the future he thought he had are turned up-side down, he resorts to alcohol to feed his bitter soul and finds an unexpected friend in a co-worker who struggles to pull him out of his darkest days. **Please review this book**
Dawg!
Price: Free! Words: 4,700. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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A boy and his dog named Dawg, accompanies his father to work in the woods, disaster strikes hard and fast as a mishap leaves them both injured in a dark animal filled forest. **Please review this book**
Kicking Against The Goads
Price: Free! Words: 10,340. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A down and out man takes his dog Boomer and goes on a road trip to Vegas to find work. Things go worse for him as he finds himself in an automobile accident on the blinding snow covered roads of Utah, the future for he and his family looks bleak as he lays injured in a hospital room of a nearby small town. **Please review this book**
Old Dogs, Children And Gil Bateman
Price: Free! Words: 4,310. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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Two Children and their yellow Labrador ‘Scoot’ take up with an old farmer by the name of Gil Bateman who lives just down the road, When they go missing the sheriff suspects the farmer of taking them, but Gil Bateman has his own ideas as they frantically search for the two missing children. **Please review this book**
Forsaking All Others
Price: Free! Words: 6,890. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A woman joins a cult and almost loses her husband over it as she learns what this marriage vow means. She is desperate and fearful as she attempts to reclaim her marriage to the man that she loves. **Please review this book**
Rider On The Storm
Price: Free! Words: 5,020. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A teen goes wild when his father is killed in a bar room brawl, he causes the death of the man responsible, then takes the life of another men, he embraces the biker gang until he attempts to steal the bike of an immoveable Vietnam vet. **Please review this book**
Strange Associations
Price: Free! Words: 6,210. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A business executive is transferred from his New York office to a southern town in Georgia, his life and his marriage are off track when he has breakfast with a prostitute who is destined to change his life. **please review this book**
Till Death Do Us Part
Price: Free! Words: 7,900. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A comfortably married man and woman who find themselves in a plane crash on the dry animal filled plains of Tanzania. The plane goes off course because of an inaccurate compass, and their lives go off course as they come upon the most powerful creature they ever encountered, human nature, and unexpected love between a man and a woman. **Please review this book**
The Biscuit Run
Price: Free! Words: 9,530. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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15 year old Jacob Banning’s world suddenly crumbles as he is ruthlessly taken by cruel men to fight in the civil war. He ends up killing a boy about his own age, and flees the scene of blood, and smoke. He tries to get back home, but is only taken deeper into the south to fight in a battle over a hundred yard piece of ground. **Please review this book**
God Are You Up There?
Price: Free! Words: 7,600. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
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His god is the bottle, until he meets the God of the Bible. His chases this God of the Bible until he finds the true meaning of peace.
Between Havana and The Deep Blue Sea
Series: Between Havana and The Deep Blue Sea, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A sailor sails to Cuba to rescue his missionary brother from a Cuban Prison, and he will stop at nothing to get it done, a storm at sea threatens the mission as he battles the elements and cruel men to return his God fearing brother back to his wife and home in St. Petersburg. **Please review this book**
Heart Of A Lawman
Price: Free! Words: 10,260. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
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Young John Shay leaves his home in Kentucky to go west. He runs into trouble as he makes the journey. He finds his calling as he observes the injustice of a lawless land, he joins with an old sheriff in Wyoming territory to bring murderers to justice six gun style. **Please review this book**
Fields Of Grain
Price: Free! Words: 4,710. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
A man gets high on crack and is instrumental in the cold blooded murder of old couple, he gets the death sentence, but even though he walks down the halls of death row, he has found life in an old and worn Bible, and unexpected gift from an old sick minister who himself is soon to walk toward death. **please review this book** Thank you so much.
Gone South
Price: Free! Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
A man is sent to Louisiana to teach in a small backwoods black community. He locks horns with the devils brigade in the form of the Klu Klux Clan, his school perish boss and an old voodoo woman with eyes black as midnight.
The Year Of Our Discontent
Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Two children run away from home because they feel they have been mistreated, they soon encounter bad men as they make camp in the cane breaks of the River bottom land, fear and uncertainty clamps it's cold hand on their hearts as they witness two murderous thieves plan to rob the bank of a nearby community. **Please review this book**
The Day Time Ran Out
Price: Free! Words: 32,140. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
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There was always time, until there wasn't! A Hollywood couple find themselves living in a world filled with the dead. The society they have known quickly breaks down as plague sweeps the land. They bind together with a few other survivors in an attempt to survive the last days on earth. **Please leave a review for this book** Thank you