Interview with Patrick Dennis L Sears

How do you approach cover design?
I would like to have a professional perform this task, as I would find it rather challenging to create a believable stick man.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Studs Lonigan was a favorite, as I could identify with the principal character.
The Corp, by W.E.B. Griffith, again I identify with the young China Marine from the wrong side of the track.
Reilly’s Luck by Louis Lamour, as he tries to help an abandoned young waif
The Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens, the story of hope against all odds.
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, watching a man trying to instill in his children, fairness and equality
What do you read for pleasure?
W.E.B. Griffith novels, Louis Lamour books, Charles Dickens, and political machinations are always interesting, especially to understand the inherent foibles of our ruling classes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iBooks is my favorite, but I still like the feel and smell of a hardcover tome
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As this is my first published attempt, I cannot answer that question with any degree of certainty, but have asked our local Chapters managers, if and when a book gets published if she would hold an author’s day, and she has agreed. I like to be able to talk with prospective readers rather than just through on line blogs etc.
Describe your desk
Crowded with papers most of the time
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up near the Rideau canal and yes, the people I met there has greatly influenced my writing meanderings. As well my father was a published writer and columnist
When did you first start writing?
About ten years ago, when I first had time to be able to sit and not worry about raising children and grandchildren
What's the story behind your latest book?
A young man is thrust into the adult world due to his family losing their home and there being no room at the rental place his father and new girlfriend did not have a spot for this young teenager.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I believe the story I m introducing needs to be told, and as the years have passed the humor which may not have been evident at the tender age, is now apparent
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That I am unable to answer as yet, but hope remains eternal
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The remembrance of characters seeping out from my mind brings smiles and wonderment at the total naivety shown by myself.
What do your fans mean to you?
As of yesterday I have no fans per Se, but as explained earlier, I enjoy talking to folks and hope I never lose that womderment
What are you working on next?
I have already completed th second book relative to my first one and currently working on a third
Who are your favorite authors?
I believe I have already answered that in a previous question
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life and all that entails, and of course my partner, lover, and spouse
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, unfortunately a necessary evil should one expect to eat, which of course I am required to do on a regular basis
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Advertising through Apple
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do, it was about boyhood shenanigans that I was involved in, although at the time, it wasn’t near as humorous as it was when I wrote it.
What is your writing process?
Hours of thinking and staring at the words on the screen that I have already written, then a memory creeps in and I am possessed until the memory comes to life
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hardy Boys mysteries and it instilled in me a sense of adventure, which I hope I never lose
Published 2017-10-27.
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