Interview with Aki Tora

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Easy: The Vorkisigan Saga (several, yes); Ender's Game; Neuromancer; A Feast Unknown; The 120 Days of Sodom.
These books really represent a cross-section of the types of genre's I read. Each is a classic in its own right.
What do you read for pleasure?
Every day I try to read something different. I think reading puts one into a different mindset, whether by introducing new ideas or simply by 'becoming' a character for a while.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Typically, I use a Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I will have to get back to that. This is my first book (at time of writing).
Describe your desk
No desk! I usually work with my laptop, either sitting on a loveseat, or propped up on the back of the loveseat while I stand. Sometimes I write on my bed - very inspirational. If I had a desk, it would be a cluttered mess I'm sure.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the middle of no-where. Yes I would have to say it did. Growing up mostly alone in the middle of no-where makes one open to non-standard forms of entertainment.
When did you first start writing?
When I was only a child. I have written quite a few stories and books, but never felt anything was worthy of publishing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It tries to describe how being different in a small community is difficult. When the opportunity to find someone with whom you can really relate comes knocking, you better answer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Writing is the only thing in the world at which I think I can be *really* good at. I can't imagine myself doing anything else!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
We shall see!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Drawing upon my own experiences. The stories are like my own children: they take on a life and character of their own. It's interesting to start a story and then have it grow in a totally different direction than I anticipated.
What do your fans mean to you?
I would totally love having fans! It would be great to be able to take suggestions and bring them to life for fans to enjoy.
What are you working on next?
More interesting stories about Michael and his fun friends staying over. There will be a whole series!
Who are your favorite authors?
Ursula Le Guin, Mercedes Lackey, Phillip Jose Farmer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger!! Generally I'm ready to get out of bed and get busy, unless there is a special someone with me! ~.^
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Hmmm researching stuff, reading, painting...sometimes I just spend the day playing xBox! Sleep is good too...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I see things recommended by book review sites, or I search through topics of interest and figure out what I want to read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! The first real story was about a young rabbit who snuck out of his burrow on a snowy night and had some adventures. It was sort of a children's story - but I was a child, so hey!
What is your writing process?
Good question. I usually lay in bed after waking, thinking about things. That is prime-time for my ideas. Then I form a rough outline of what I want in the story. After that, it's simply a 'write write write' sort of process until it flows correctly, and is polished.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmmm first stories would have been Kindergarten...there were no 'Ah ha!' moments like that for me. I loved reading, and did so voraciously all through my young years. Then I found other past-times...
How do you approach cover design?
I try to keep the story in mind; what am I conveying to a prospective buyer. After that, I want it to look professional, and be visible on electronic devices while people shop.
Published 2014-02-27.
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Books by This Author

When Bryan Stayed Over
You set the price! Words: 7,870. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Romance » Erotic
(4.00 from 1 review)
"Mile upon mile of scorched farmlands surround me, sparsely dotted with dusty buildings. The dust settles on everything here; there's no denying it. I just don't want dust to settle on me." The hot Oklahoma summer brings two young men together in a fun, but very unlikely way. Well-written, rich in nuance, likeable characters, and very slice-of-life. Erotic romance with a great story.