Interview with A.J. Barretts

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I became an indie author because I had seen others have success with it. I like the fact that I get to be a part of every single step of publishing. I enjoy designing my own book covers although, I know that I need to practice more with that!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing the moment I learned how. I would scribble things I claimed were words on a page and proceed to "read" them to which ever person I could get to listen. As I actually learned how to put words and sentences together on a page I continued to write down my ideas and stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gave me the confidence to publish and the ability to distribute my work to multiple places that I would have never been able to do on my own. There is a great community of writers and readers that want each other to succeed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing for me is being able to get the words on the paper and having fun while doing it. I like trying to come up with twists and turns to my stories that make even me go "Wow, I never saw that coming!".
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Without them, I would continue to write but I wouldn't be as willing to put my writing out to the world as I am now. They provide insight into my writing that I would not see otherwise and they encourage me to continue doing what I love to do.
What are you working on next?
I have a few different short stories and a novel in the works right now. I am excited to be writing and being creative with these works. I am looking for new twists on older myths and legends.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have so many favorite authors that the list would go on for miles! I love fantasy and horror writers although there are many other authors that I have become fond of as well. I would hate to try to list them all and forget someone.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read, alot!!! When I'm not writing I like to find other creative outlets too. I also knit, crochet, draw (very poorly!), play video games with my boys and build all sorts of creations out of cardboard boxes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Actually, a lot of the ebooks I read have been by word of mouth from the people I work with. I like to check out new authors!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do remember the first story I ever wrote. It was about a girl that wanted to be a cat because I love cats!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read, I don't know that I remember that exactly but I remember my mom always reading a story to me until I was able to read it myself. It was called Mother, Mother I Want Another. I loved that book and have read it to my boys multiple times as well. It was a cute, funny story and made me laugh every time.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all different types of books. Mostly fiction, but I have known to read some funny memoirs as well. I like science fiction, fantasy and those kinds of things.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't really have one right now because the one I had broke after many years of hard use. I'm going to try out some of the different kinds out there and see which one is the best for me!
Describe your desk
My desk. It is constantly changing. It is a cherry wood writing desk that I got from my Grandmother. It has a glass top to it that I put different pictures under to inspire me. Sometimes it is cleared off and set up to edit a novel and other times it is so jumbled with junk that I can hardly find a place to write!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wisconsin. I guess it influenced my writing because seeing all the different seasons is almost like visiting different worlds. Plus there are big cities and small cities and vast amounts of woods and lakes. It was great to feed my imagination with different experiences.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book. Well, it is a collection of short stories that I've been working on for a while. It is actually an important book for me because it contains some of the last stories my mom read as a beta reader before she died.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have two children that inspire me to get up and get moving. Because I have to show them that not only hard work pays off but following your dreams is possible.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is hard for me. I usually have some sort of idea in mind when I get the title but I'm not as artistic as I would like. I take a lot of photos that I tend to end up editing for my covers.
Published 2017-01-08.
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Books by This Author

Gateway
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,750. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Short story collection about learning to love and learning about death.
Nightmare
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,020. Language: American English. Published: March 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Amy is an x-ray tech doing her job the same as any other day. Until the boy comes into the emergency room, then her life gets turned upside down.
Learning to Live
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,090. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Becca opens a door to her past and is lost in her own memories. The only way for her to be released from her own mind is to face the truth she has kept from herself.
Last Call
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,820. Language: American English. Published: March 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Erin struggles to save her marriage as the strains of her husbands paramedic career push her to her breaking point.