Interview with Mike Rowley

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been writing for many years and have won praise and awards for my shorter fiction but too often my writing falls between the gaps of genre and publishers, although full of praise, don't want to handle it. the indie route will get me into the market.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Early days, yet. But I hope my name will be spread around.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling a good yarn. Stories have always been a delight to me and I love to entertain people as I have been.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. You can't spin a good yarn without someone to listen to (or read) it. If I can entertain people I think I am doing something good.
What are you working on next?
Just about to start a series of short fiction targeted at adult men who are reluctant readers or who read with difficulty. I have been approached to consider men in prison to see if we can't add works the their library that are more relevant to then.
Who are your favorite authors?
The list is too long to say here. I enjoy Cyberpunk from Philip K Dick. Lindsay Buroker is also a fav. But I read a huge range.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog batting my face.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I dabble in graphic design and occasionally do some camera work for a local TV show.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Kobo storefront mostly.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. A story about a search for the rare and valuable panacras nut.
What is your writing process?
I tend to spend time cogitating until I have a clear sense of the plot and what I want the story to say. Then I begin first draft. Then I forget most of the stuff I had thought up. Then I cogitate some more. Then I plot things out and write character descriptions and relationship threads. A very bad technique, but it does allow for lots of procrastination. When I was teaching I had to write guerrilla style around work.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not sure about the first I ever read. My earliest memory is of a story called 'Pookey The Rabbit."
How do you approach cover design?
Truly - I don't. I have ideas but there are better qualified and more talented people out there. I tend to rely on the.
Published 2015-04-19.
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Books by This Author

The Red Cabin Trunk And Other Stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,520. Language: English. Published: January 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A collection of whimsical short stories. Just the thing for a quick read before light-out. These stories have a Kiwi flavour. 'The Red Cabin Trunk' won the Manuka Prize for best short prose in 1989.
Search For The Truth About Jazz
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,590. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A tale of and ordinary and deeply depressed man whose life is turned upside down by the sudden appearance of a beautiful and enigmatic woman.