Interview with Chesney Logan

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually go by word of mouth. Any book that has a lot of views, buys or downloads are most likely going to get a look. Then I put a magnifying glass over them to see if I'd actually read them. I love dark humor so anything geared in that direction will seriously get a second look.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read. I absolutely love to read any and everything. I also do crafts like sewing and painting. I mean to learn how to knit but.....
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the first story I ever wrote was about a girl who found a locket in a thrift store. The locket ended up taking her to a parallel world. I was only in sixth grade.
What is your writing process?
Wow! Its actually crazy and disorganized. One of the biggest helps, however, is that I usually know what the second book is going to be about while I'm writing the first one.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm not quite sure about this one because from the time I can remember I was always reading. One of the earliest though was a book called The Giver. I loved that book so much I ended up buying it. I loved the way the author said so much without becoming too wordy.
How do you approach cover design?
Well for the Kalista series it was pretty basic. I was going out on a whim and was basically daring myself to put it out there. However in the future I'd like to really dust off my graphic design skills.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Geez, this one is hard. I love so many. However, one of the first is actually a book from this site. I first read a book called the Price of Creation because it gave way to my sci-fi love. I was blown away by how the author took his time to weave in the plot. What had me truly enthralled was how the author managed to connect everything together piece by piece. I love that- it shows true talent and patience.
Eyes, Breath, Memory was another one. I don't know where to start with this book. Like the above mentioned novel it weaved a wonderful tale right to the very end. I actually cried. The author did a beautiful job making you understand the emotions of the characters without overtly stating them. Another author Toni Morrison once said that if you have to explain something to the reader you haven't done your job. She goes on to say that she assumes that her readers are smart enough to understand.
The Truest Pleasure by Robert Morgan was another book that brought me to tears (there is a reoccurring pattern here, do you see it?). Simply a joy to read and he is from North Carolina.
The last two are simple; The Color of Water and The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives. Both were equally good. As you can guess one made me cry. The Color of Water was a tear jerker from start to finish. The Secret Lives of Fortunate Wives was like Desperate Housewives meets American Greed.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have two guilty pleasure reads. One is anything by Kate White. Her books are always a treat. Just the right amount of girl power with a punch and they are funny. My other treat is any murder mystery. I love them on a rainy day or just when I need a good sure source of entertainment.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am team kindle all the way. I love love love my baby. Her name should be Kobu too but I think the real Kobu would be jealous.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Sex sales. Granted, I don't have beefy men or chest swollen women sprawled over the cover of my books (less is more and you don't want to be embarrassed when you close the book and the title is right on the device. LOL) However I'd like to think dark humor does too...at least I hope.
Describe your desk
I'm looking at my desk right now. Its a lot like my writing style- disorganized.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Carolina where I still live. I love to add tidbits about southern hospitality in my books.
When did you first start writing?
My first real attempt at writing was in summer camp. I didn't want KP duty so I hid in the closet and wrote on napkins.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My main character Kalista is going to shift gears a bit from her behind the scenes main love interest. I want to explore her background a bit more and grow her into a mature adult. I feel like she is a little spoiled.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Stacks of notebooks and Kobu eating them all.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allowed me to beat out the traditional publishers. I hate rejection and the waiting game.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love putting on different hats. With writing I can be anyone and live any lifestyle.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world. I love seeing how many people downloaded the books. I could care less if anyone actually bought them.
What are you working on next?
I want to wrap up Kalista but not certain people in the series. I am not quite sure just how yet. However, I am working on a side piece called Macy Lane (or something using that name).
Who are your favorite authors?
Really? This could take all day but I would encourage anyone to check out Mike Wells. I love indie authors and I support them %100.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog usually meets me with the leash that and the fear that she might eat my sugar glider.
What could you do better?
I could be better at showing my fans that I appreciate them.
Published 2014-01-11.
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Books by This Author

Kalista Klymaxx in Pumped Up
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,840. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Kalista always has to learn the hard way. While waiting until the last minute to complete a service learning project Kalista makes the mistake of thinking everything else is fine. Her assured world comes crashing down as romance and misconceptions collide. Kalista struggles to refine herself while putting on an excellent poker face.
Kalista Klymaxx in Hard Labor
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,820. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
(5.00 from 1 review)
Kalista enters the real world faster than she ever imagined she would. After a late night talk with her best friend she makes a rash decision.
Kalista Klymaxx in Paying Down and Dirty
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,870. Language: English. Published: June 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Sometimes paying for college is more than monetary.Kalista returns to school to face the music of failing her midterm. However, she can't accept it. Accepting her passing grade puts everything she has ever worked for in danger. But when she is confronted with a proposal how far she is willing to go for a passing grade?
Kalista Klymaxx in Ex-Rated
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,560. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
What do you do when the best sex you've ever had is with a man who broke your heart?