I was publishing books for other authors after seeing their experiences in traditional publishing. Indie publishing gives greater freedom, greater exposure and more control over your book and its distribution.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I know that I have been mightily encouraged by Smashwords' reach and promptness. The Style Manual is very enlightening and accessible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finding the right expression to reach the reader.
What do your fans mean to you?
A very great deal.
What are you working on next?
Memoirs of a soldier in World War 2 who was taken prisoner, escaped and joined the Italian Resistance.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Richard Dawkins, Ezra Pound.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work and discovery.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Learning, playing classical guitar. Travelling.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mainly on Kindle.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I note things that strike me, then weld it together laboriously. Delete often.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
How do you approach cover design?
I design covers for many of the books I publish.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hamlet, Slaughterhouse Five, Moby Dick, The Greatest Show on Earth, Cats Cradle. Insight and language.
What do you read for pleasure?
Web articles, newspapers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
On a mine near Springs, Transvaal. It was rough and beautiful.
When did you first start writing?
What's the story behind your latest book?
Experience in crime fighting.
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