Why did you publish the Marguerite Chronicles now?
The Marguerite Chronicles has been a labour of love for me. The germination of what would become a long narrative poem involved research on the political climate of France in the 17th century. Storyboard planning to provide a framework in which to tell my fictional account of the heroine. I think the story is heart warming, vivid and in places very funny. I did not want to wait to publish this while formatting many other poems.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be a collection of poems that includes several poetry cycles. I have written a Sumerian cycle that is a humorous look at life in Suma 3000 BC (where Iraq is today) and a funny Cupid cycle that spans from ancient Greece to Modern day Harlow in Essex. As well as some funny overblown romanticism works.
Why publish the books the way you do?
The poetry I write is an eclectic mix, from funny to serious and thought provoking, from rhyming couplets to the more challenging prose style. My target audience is the man having a coffee at lunch, the lady commuting home after work, the teenager looking for something fun and concise to read and discuss with friends. My aim is to do this cheaper than the cost of cappuccino.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that I know I have written some truly wonderful and epic works that needed to be published. Not only do I want to share my work with other lovers of poetry, I aim to demonstrate that poetry is exciting, not the realm of the old skool literary elite and that it is a vibrant medium for expression in the 21st Century.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I can't imagine having to undertake what is a daunting task for anyone (publishing your first eBook) without the superb YouTube PowerPoint lectures, books and online support of those at Smashwords. The Smashword Style guide by Mark Coker is essential for anyone wanting to become an indie author.
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