Interview with S Legend

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
There are things to do other than write?! No one told me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
This may sound strange, but this is the series of events that takes place, leading me to an ebook purchase: A story will pop into my head. If I don't have time to write it down, but I want to see what happens, I will type keywords into Amazon trying to find a book close to what I'm imagining. When I see something close, I buy the ebook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'll always remember that story and I'll never publish it. When I was in University (not studying English) my mind was too wound up from chemistry equations to fall asleep. I began telling myself a story each night to relax my brain; the story grew and grew. I couldn't get the characters out of my head, so finally I wrote it all down. It was a fantasy story, about a Prince who was made to forget those closest to him. Perhaps, if anyone's interested, I'll write up a proper synopsis and post it.
What is your writing process?
Characters talk to me. I sit down and write what they're saying. They argue with me as I attempt to edit out their nonsense. They win most of the time... Don't know why I bother.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Green Eggs and Ham. No "impact" per se, but I was three or four and I would read it to my mother. I remember thinking "Sam" was irritating and if I didn't want to eat Green Eggs and Ham, I wouldn't want some chia pet harassing me in rhyme until I did.
How do you approach cover design?
I get a vision in my mind of what I want the cover art to be and I'm lucky enough to have a cover artist who is able to read said mind. I send her pics from the internet in attempt to explain to her what's in there, but she doesn't seem to need them and she ALWAYS exceeds expectations. Really. She's a regular telepath.
What is your favourite book and why?
Wizard's First Rule -- It's got everything I love: Life lessons, swords, a sword dance, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell, good, evil, a dragon, wizards, magic, sorcery, need I say more?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle... Not really sure why. ibooks is just fine, but I seem to gravitate towards Kindle for no apparent reason.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hands down, Twitter thus far.
Describe your desk
Ah man, really? Okay. To my left is a mangled stack of papers and at least two of my writing journals. Stack is my list of 'to-do's' for my current book launch and editing notes. To my right is an empty bag of organic dried mangoes, a thermometer and a lamp. Further right and towards the back of the desk I have three different open binders stacked on one another, topped by yet another writing journal (I seriously gotta retire one or two of those) and a Unicorn puppet! Yep. A Unicorn puppet--he's Samuel, my mascot for SLegend Fiction. But wait! There's more. Samuel is looking at a copy of The Exile-Lies of Lessor Gods by L.G.A. McIntyre (which if you haven't read it you should), a jar of liver supplements, a mirror (so I can check I've not gone insane yet) and no writer's desk is complete without an empty coffee mug!
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book, Tristan came to me one day about six years ago. The two mains in this story, Tristan Kanes and Corrik Cyredanthem, literally showed up, and poured their story out to me; I had the main outline written within a couple weeks. I spent a year tweaking it, then it went into "the vault." I was inspired to publish it only last year when I couldn't find anything quite like it online. I wanted to read more like it and I selfishly hope the book will inspire other authors to write this genre so I can read!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting to tell "their" stories.
What are you working on next?
I've got a great sci-fi I've been working on for about seven years. It's my masterpiece. It's finished, but more work needs to be done on it. I'll update this with a synopsis soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Goodkind
Published 2014-06-17.
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