Interview with S. V. Brown

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
This may sound corny but when I'm not writing I'm thinking about writing. At the moment it is a little consuming especially as I'm learning how to sell my books and sell myself!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Originally, I found most of my ebooks through twitter. I especially enjoy connecting with other indie authors via twitter. Now I tend to browse around the e-stores.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not quite, but the one I remember the most was for high school and I was around 14 years old. I chose a horror story and had to write it over the school period for English and my teacher loved it (we had to submit it at various intervals to ensure we were actually writing). But then, near the end, I ran out of time and rushed the ending. My teacher was very frustrated with me so I finished the story for her during my holidays. The moral of the story is I try to pay special attention to my endings now.
What is your writing process?
I have an idea/dream, jot it down, build a light structure as to how it might look, and start to write. I work in drafts going over and over my story, and then start the editing process. I do not edit during drafting as it's a very creative part of the process.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I really remember was a dark fairy tale about a boy who lost his fingers or thumb. It was quite a graphic story (I can't find it now) and I recall the images clearly. I think that's why I like to create images for my stories and will share them on my website.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a graphic designer so I have clear ideas of what I want. I tend to think of what the essence of my stories are and then try to capture that on the cover. Something though I just can't express what's in my mind.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It's more about the authors as I tend to read most of the books by a single author and these are ones I've read over and over:-

Magician by Raymond Feist
The Many Coloured Land by Julian May
Waylander by David Gemmell
Dark Fire by C. J. Samson
Harry Bosch stuff by Michael Connelly
Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon - all good

Okay, better stop now.

My answer to why is simply I just found them enjoyable. Some will disagree. That's why we need lots of stories - everyone is different!
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction :)
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I received a basic Kindle for a present a few years ago and that's about all I use now.
Describe your desk
Two monitors at eye level, CPU box to my left, papers everywhere, sticky notes on anything big enough to stick them, bookcase to my far left, dog under my desk snoring.
Published 2016-03-02.
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Books by This Author

Microfiction: "100" Word Story
Price: Free! Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
A booklet for those who have some writing knowledge and skills already. Learn to think outside the box and challenge yourself. Develop crisp sentences and create a little but complete story. Demolish writer's block, try different ways of writing, make very personal gifts for a friend or loved one. Or take a break when working on your novel gets frustrating!
Science Fiction Tetrad Box Set
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 218,070. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
This is a collection of complete first releases of science fiction stories. Join Paris, a paranormal-nerd, who becomes a marine, Fin and Ky on an ice-planet called Aislant, Jamie and Ara who both must unravel a conundrum. The bonus story is about Lawi, Flame of the Worlds and demon runner, as she navigates the demon tunnels to deliver medicine to those in need.
Life Death 4
Series: Alien Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 113,560. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Alien Anchorage has finished and Alien Deception has begun… Many of Anastazja’s people are now locked inside the Alien Crucible with her. Jamie is on Lyon 7, in the Ring Galaxy of the Roma Empire, and wants to redeem his people. Likewise, Chaos Beings aim to liberate their kind. The Valkyrie, Sygon, prepares for civil war. The Life | Death scale of dichotomy is tested for all opposing forces.
Order Disorder 3
Series: Alien Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 146,010. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
To know the thing Anastazja must become the thing. She is drawn inexplicably to Estancia and Earth as unlawful King Ross becomes genocidal. A risky maneuver by Chaos Beings has roused her Sables, Zantine warriors of deep space. They awaken to investigate and it leads them unfailingly to the Alien Crucible. This log investigates and tests the dichotomous scale Order | Disorder.
Orc Interrupted
Series: Career Interrupted. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 24,240. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
The orux ... orcs, as many tend to call them, are forced into action. Scalice takes control and he thinks it's real, but it could be virtual. Will they save magic folk from being destroyed or will they be singing sad songs? Who knows. Who gives a shit. As long as the beer is real, and not cyberly.
Kingdoms Away 3: Joiran Cluster Archives
Series: Kingdoms Away. Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 96,660. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Kingdoms Away 3 of 3 Now that Serafina is safe she is reunited with those who are already entrenched in Al Reos’s web for the future Joiran Cluster. When a message is sent by the Sharith it triggers an all stop where Serafina’s followers balance precariously in ambivalence, weighing up loyalty, learning of deception and making the final decision: for the good of the many or the few?
Satin
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,260. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Comedy/Humor, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
Admin worker Kelly wants the ‘O’ back in orgasm. She and Jeff have been together for over ten years and while they have plenty of sex, they have fallen prey to most deadly of all ruts – the routine. They visit a mysterious shop that promises to improve sexual encounters – but only if you buy a pack of sheets that includes a copy of 'the rules'.
Witch Interrupted
Series: Career Interrupted. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 22,860. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Sonja considers herself Jill of all trades and witch of none. Her life is filled with mediocre spells and dreams of modern magic. She learns of a furry revolution and is drawn into the whirlpool ready or not, but in the end all she can think of is how sexy her husband is even after he steals something from her … who is she kidding? He’s even sexier then.
Log 2 Pass | Fail (Alien Crucible)
Series: Alien Crucible. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 141,610. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The Genocide Vote triggered a race between three opposing forces to get out of the test site so science and technology should hold the answers. While Jamie sees the problem of contaminants leaving the Alien Crucible, Terzon, a prince and military lawyer, knows that more than hard science is needed to get people out. This log contains data concerning the dichotomous scale Pass | Fail.
Sentinel: Jamie's Mission Logs: God of Chaos
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,100. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Special ops have strange ideas about their operatives and assignment matching. It’s like a bad dating site. At least, that’s what Jamie thinks when offered a demanding and long-term mission with Diane, a trained intelligence agent. During the mission their charge becomes the God of Chaos while they become his slaves. Jamie accumulates a few choice words to have with his handler-if they return.
Kingdoms Away 2: Joiran Cluster Archives
Series: Kingdoms Away. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 43,160. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Kingdoms Away 2 of 3 Serafina’s life has turned for the worse as she must face the underlying truth of the Joiran Cluster: the enemy is not just the Sharith, but closer to home. The Heikavian people must make a painful decision to give up their peaceful lives or to save Serafina. For Ky the decision is easy and he is transformed, forcing his people back to the old ways; as warriors.
Magician Interrupted
Series: Career Interrupted. Price: Free! Words: 22,690. Language: English. Published: June 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
AWOL Act: Paris is sick of being a magician, the Spell Caster. Where he comes from it just means being a paranormal-nerd. He hears about Career Worlds, sees the ads and decides he’s going to become a space marine! What could go wrong with that?
Kingdoms Away 1: Joiran Cluster Archives
Series: Kingdoms Away. Price: Free! Words: 44,210. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Kingdoms Away 1 of 3 Serafina lives on Aislant, the Ice Planet of the Heikaves—a species who live humble lives in caves—where she is loved and learns how to love in return. When she discovers her brother, Thon, is keeping a dark secret her world begins to turn. She is unknowingly drawn into the overpowering web of her ascendant, Al Reos. She must face the awful truth of who she really is.
Log 1 Matter | Antimatter (Alien Crucible)
Series: Alien Crucible. Price: Free! Words: 127,220. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Matter | Antimatter 1 Jamie is one of many contaminated beings, trapped in the Alien Crucible. He is a military operative who suffered a childhood trauma. The execution of the offender is a small part of Anastazja’s log 1 but it creates a conundrum that underpins the fate of all contaminants. Matter is rising, antimatter is the key, and Jamie is drawn into the Genocide Vote.