Interview with Jeremy Helton

What's the story behind your latest book?
An American soldier is transported to a dimension where the gods have warriors fight for territory. He has to deal with the trauma of his new situation while learning the rules of his new existence.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Reading. The somewhat longer answer is that I am a medically retired veteran with a few physical issues, so reading is a large part of how I take myself away from that. It got to the point that I was reading 3-4 full-length fantasy books a week and ended up running into a lot of indie writers I enjoyed. After a while, I realized that I had the time and want to try and get the stories in my brain out there, so I did.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows me the platform to get my book out into the world. Not only is it an easy to use platform it is entirely free to publish, and in the world of writing that initial cost of editing, or finding a company to pick up your book can be the make or break. The great thing about indie publishers is that because I'm still in control of my output I do not have to worry about company enforced guidelines that make the process of writing more stressful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the challenge of it. Once the story is on the page and it is time to put my brain into editing it's like I am solving a puzzle that I made, but have no idea how to put together.
What do your fans mean to you?
I know most will write "everything", or "they're the best.", and I can't agree more. That being said: at the end of the day I write for me, and while having fans is an important part of publishing, I have and would write just as much for free.
What are you working on next?
I am bouncing back and forth between Hold The Line: book two, and a space adventure book that I intend to be standalone. As of right now, they are both early stages, I'll probably put the space book on the back burner for a little bit so I can do more world building on my end.
Who are your favorite authors?
R.A. Salvatore, Robin Hobb, Shawn Jones, Will Wight, E. William Brown, and most recently Tao Wong. The list is most definitely more extensive than that, but that is what I am into as of right now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family is my main motivation for everything I do. I have two great boys and a beautiful wife who my world revolves around.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gaming, trying to finish out a college degree, reading are the main ones. I've also recently made a promise to myself that I would be more active in my own health so I have started exercising.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
It really depends on the day. Most days I will just take one right off the kindle recommended, others I will search Smashwords. I do spend a significant amount of time tracking down great reads on RRL and buying books of the authors I have been reading for years when I have the extra money though. I found more great reads from that site than anywhere else.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote is an Animorphs Fan-fic. Way back in third grade, I think it was only a couple of pages typed in single space. I don't remember the story itself, just that I got into trouble because my teacher said it was plagiarism.
Published 2017-11-13.
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Books by This Author

Hold the Line: Crash course.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,380. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
What comes after we die? Does what we do in life decide what happens after? For most of us, the question lingers, for others the answer is much closer. Thag is a Soldier who discovers that his afterlife is a bit different than others, but almost exactly what he was hoping it would be; constant battle with quantifiable results of whether you are making the world better or not.