Interview with Seon O. Stronghold

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Laptop
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Self promotion online and in person. And giving away free works.
Describe your desk
It's often littered with references and work related debris while I use it. But when I'm not there, it's all clean and in order.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Life on a tropical island with open, grassy, and tree filled hillsides coupled with beautiful beaches and such, often brought my imagination to life. And on top of this, I grew up reading Enid Blyton books which added to my already bustling imagination.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first short story in 1987...I was nine at the time. But I only took a serious step toward writing in 2000; thirteen years later.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing and reading have always been passions for me. The thought of finally having the opportunity to see my work flourish and to be able to share my imagination with others was what got me moving.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
For now, as a new guy, it's put my work on the market. How far this takes me is now left to be seen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to put what I'm seeing in my head onto paper, and having someone read, enjoy it and ask for more.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. I am taking a risk by giving them things that I hold dear, however I can always edit and scrap and rewrite my work. They however, by reading my books, take the risk of giving me their time...a commodity that cannot be returned. So yes, they mean the world to me.
What inspired you to write Iron Five?
It was a few years ago, 2011 to be exact...I had just finished reading Expanse - Leviathan Wakes, The Darth Bane trilogy and Imperial Bounty. Those books fascinated me so much but they all, like many other science fiction novels of my past, lacked one thing. They all had the heroes and villains leaving their locations (Spaceports, Planets, Ships etc) and arriving at their destinations, but never what happened in between. My imagination ran wild because I wanted to see what happened during the trip; all the little details we often ignore. So I decided, after searching in vain for a book to sate my appetite, to write my own. Thus, Iron Five was born.
What are you working on next?
The second part to iron Five and a series of books that , most likely, I will be offering for free.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dale Brown, Steven Coonts, Robert McCammon, Drew Karpyshyn, Enid Blyton...to name a few.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not entirely. It was something about a boy and the sea. That was so long ago.
What is your writing process?
I have scrawl books, as I call them. The name says it all. All my ideas are put into them. I also see the story in my head, write the names of the chapters, and then write to suit that name. I don't like writing the story on paper though, it gets too cluttered around my house that way. So I sit at the computer and type to my heart's contentment when the mood hits me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first one that ever caught me was a book by Enid Blyton. It was from the Secret Seven series and though i don't remember the name, I remember most of the plot very well. This is the book that set me in motion when it came to writing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything...it depends entirely on my mood. But Punk's Fight, The Wolf's Hour and the three Star Wars books about Darth Bane are at the top of my list.
Published 2016-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Iron Five - Dogs of War
Price: Free! Words: 113,170. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
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I present to you the complete version of Iron Five (Book 1, published) & (Book 2, the newest installment) in one full novel. If you crave spaceports, docking & undocking from them, jumping to hyperspace, Mech (In this case, flying battle tanks/walking fighter jets) within a realistic-ish environment, this might actually be the book for you. Welcome to my Earthfront Universe, I hope you enjoy.