Interview with Thomas England

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Many things. Always have to stay busy. First and foremost, my family. Spending as much time with them as possible. When not with my family, I read. I read a lot of historical information. I gather inspiration from this. I am also an avid gamer. Mostly sports titles.

I have a background in radio and video as well. So,, I enjoy writing short scripts and creating short films.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It actually is a short script, not an actual book. It is called "Atonement". I really like the idea of redemption. It's a great basis for almost any character. Everyone has a demon.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by genre. I am a fiction, fantasy type enthusiast.
What is your writing process?
Well, lengthy. Most authors set a word count daily. I set a daily chapter deadline daily. One per day. 4 days a week. I like to use notebooks as well. I have sheets of paper all over with notes on how my story should develop. Even for the next book in the series, and the one after.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. The Wizard of Oz. It was a free book given out in McDonald's Happy Meals I believe. I was amazed by the fantasy aspect. The diverse characters, and how emotionally involved you were in each character. And again, with redemption. At the end the all powerful Oz turned out to be a normal man. But, he redeemed himself by helping Dorothy get back home.
How do you approach cover design?
Well, I don't know if I am different here but this is how I would like it as a reader:

If it's a book involving a fictional world, i'd like to know what the world looks like, so I can follow along on the journey. So, each one of the covers of my books are maps of the world that most of the story is set in. For example, my first book, is set in the world of Doron. So, the book cover IS the world of Doron. The send book in the series, will be half set in another part of the world, so the cover will represent that map as well.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Any Star Wars novel is good. I have been engrossed in that universe since I was a child. Good vs Evil. Good prevails. Great story. More redemption mixed in as well. (Notice the theme of Atonement?)

Any story involving Castle sieges, knights, knigs, etc. I love that whole era of time. Would love to be there, even just for one day. My favorite and most inspiring, of course, is "A Song of Ice and Fire"
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Kindle app, on my Samsung tablet. Just seems so easy to use, and its fluid when swiping the pages.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. Social media is there for a reason. It's free, and easy to use. Milk it for what it is worth.
Describe your desk
Sloppy. lol. Laptop computer. Tablet on its side, with a picture of the map of Doron that I created, a coffee cup, a candle that is half lit like in the old days before electricity, and a pack of cigarettes. (I smoke a cigarette after every chapter I finish.) And of course, the old fashioned notebook, and a pen.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a little state called Delaware. Yes, for some reason a lot of people have no idea where Delaware is. (Nestled in between Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.) The influence it had, was maybe because I grew up in a wooded area of the town I lived in. My father had 16 acres of land, so there were no neighbors. My older brother is 7 years older than me, so he wasn't around a lot. I was a lonely kid. So, imagination took over, and I began I guess to make up my own worlds then. Some of what I have written today, is from childhood imagination.
Published 2017-10-17.
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Books by This Author

Nothing More: Chains of Hope
Series: Nothing More. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 35,850. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
A world of hope is being threatened by those who remember the old Kingdom. Can two unlikely heroes protect the world of Doron from impending chains? Book 1 of 3. 35,000 words.