Interview with Hampel Rutledge

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my time is spent working. However I'm looking forward to retiring in the near future and expect to have more time to write.
What is your writing process?
Generally I get an idea and start writing following my nose as it were. After I have some idea of what the story is I start a spreadsheet to hold Character names and a brief description of the character at the start of the story. Often I add tab for the story timeline. Later I refer to these aids to try and ensure that I don't suddenly call Laura-Linda in the story or make similar mistakes. After I get the story pretty well along I edit and edit and edit again to tighten up the story. I try to use the spell checkers to eliminate as many misspellings as I can. The most time in getting a story ready to publish is taken up with editing to tighten up the dialog and grammar; to eliminate misspellings and things that irritate me when I read a story. Warning: I prefer to use thru for through. It's been in the language since about 1875 so it should be good enough to use anywhere, in my humble opinion.
How do you approach cover design?
I like the cover to have some connection with the story. Both of my current stories deal with the ocean in some fashion so the covers are ocean scenes taken from pictures I've taken when visiting the beach.
What do you read for pleasure?
This may sound silly but Historical Romance and Science Fiction. I really enjoyed the "Outlander" series of books and am a great fan of Asimov and Heinlein.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Kindle Paperwhite. They have served me well and I've had several. My current one is over two years old and filled with books
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far I haven't had much success. I started writing as a hobby and found I enjoyed it. I've posted a couple of stories here and some on literotica.com. I haven't cleaned up some of the ones on Literotica enough that I'd want to publish them here but I'm working on them.
Describe your desk
Messy, very messy. It is an "L" shaped desk and the computer sits in the corner. On my right I have a printer and coffee mugs and other stuff like tools. It also holds the display for my outdoor weather station. On my Left is a bank of CD DVD holders that hold my favorite music and several DVDs that I play occasionally. There is a pile of notebooks and other things here.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing about ten years ago. At first it was simply for my own pleasure. I enjoyed creating a world of my own. I reread the stories many times and found things I wanted to correct each time. Finally, I decided to put one of my attempts out for the public to see and was surprised that the works had good reviews. That encouraged me to publish more of my works.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a fictional delve into a world where an uncle dies and suddenly leaves his nephew a large corporation that is unfortunately being taken over by business types who can't see beyond the latest earnings report. This leaves the company in a precarious position an the nephew dealing with some less than scrupulous types.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a way to become published without dealing with normal book publishers and to test the waters to see if my books were good enough to sell. Happily a few have sold, validating the few people who gave me feedback on them.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a platform to move from being an amateur writer to being an author. I still have a long way to go but Smashwords has been a great platform.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's a lot like the joy you get out of reading a good book. You can immerse yourself in the tale. With writing however you have more control and latitude to take the story where you want it to go. It's fun to try to create a consistent world within my pieces.
Published 2018-03-22.
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Books by This Author

The Inheritance
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,440. Language: American English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
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What do you do when you suddenly inherit companies worth multi-millions and your Uncles executive assistant and live-in sex slave? The deal comes with six spoiled snotty cousins, a recalcigant board and problems with environmental activists trying to shut you down. Ryan Fredrick doesn't know either but he's trying to figure it out.
The Salmon
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 33,260. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Desperate to get away from his cell phone a man on vacation in Ireland finds a dead spot in the cell coverage. The dead spot surrounds a small village where he finally catches a salmon and is captivated, in turn, by an Irish colleen.