Interview with Danny Stone

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Amarillo, Texas, which is smack-dab in the middle of the square part of Texas in the upper left-hand part of the state. Because you couldn't drink the water (my mother said you had to dilute the water with tea or coffee to make it drinkable), and the winters were cold and the summers hot, it made me a bit cynical about the world, but also let me appreciate beauty when I saw it.
When did you first start writing?
As a child, I had a vivid imagination. My mother kept some of my writings, but I don't remember most of those stories because the medicines for epilepsy I had to take. I do remember a letter I wrote (well, I dictated and Mom wrote) to my grandmother, showing her I knew how to count. I think Mom finally ended the counting part of it in the early 100,000's. I'm pretty sure she didn't write down every number, because the postage for sending that would have been horrific.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually either Google them or someone suggests them on Facebook or other forums.
How do you approach cover design?
Most of the books I publish were written by others, so I follow their suggestions. I have a couple of cousins I ask to critique and approve them for actual usage. I'm no artist, but I do pretty good with layouts.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, fantasy -- anything that shows us what we could be, or what pitfalls to avoid getting there.
Describe your desk
Never big enough. There's a lamp, a 20" monitor, two speakers, a keyboard and mouse, and a huge desktop computer on it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
That would be a desktop computer with 20" screen using the free Open Source program Calibre. It opens Kindles, ePubs, PDFs -- pretty much whatever.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Nobody seemed to want to publish my uncle's works, so we decided to do it ourselves.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Mostly laughing at myself for my reactions to the stories as I make them up.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I love talking to my fans about the stories, and how they impacted them. If they learned how to do something from my nonfiction works, or they were entertained by my fictional works, then I feel I succeeded as a writer.
What are you working on next?
Once I finish a few business projects, I'll be releasing the Wallstone Publishing Manual, 2nd Edition, on Smashwords once I finish writing it. I'm also working on a guide that shows Indie and Self-Publishers, step-by-step, how to publish their books using free Open Source software. I think it will be a hit.
Published 2014-09-11.
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Books by This Author

The Truth, The Whole Truth, Maybe Not
Price: Free! Words: 3,840. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
From the mind of the author, bits and pieces of his childhood, most of which he doesn't remember, but was told. Humorous yet reflective; originally written as a audio script by the author.