Interview with Derrick Smith

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my time is spent working for a US Navy SEAL company called OP2 Labs. A company that specializes in liquid collagen protein called FrogFuel & ProT Gold.

When I am not working I love to fish. I force myself to hit the gym at least 4 times a week. I love to watch movies and play basketball, football, and tennis. Yea, I know I said tennis. Many are surprised because I am a big guy but I love it.

And if I am not doing all of the above I am always thinking about creating new content. I think everyone has a creative mind and I feel creating is like my meditation.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest, I never really got into the Ebook scene. I did appreciate many audio books while I was on the road for work. However, I always wanted to start finding some fun adventurist, action pack books I could start reading. I think I like the audio books to get a better understanding of what is going on. I always struggled with reading comprehension, but I never let that stop me. You get better with practice. So I would tell all to keep reading but find the right option for you to have fun with reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first actual story that was not in pre-school or high school was the Aries story. I worked on my own game back in 2008 that caught a lot of interest with Sony Online, Qualcomm, Moxy, and several other companies. The story concept involved Earth destruction and humans only choice of survival was to find another inhabitable planet to thrive, however during their journey to the 2nd Earth they crashed landed on an alien planet. Now the human race had to figure out how to survive on a hostile planet with 20th-century technology. Meanwhile, they discover what really happened to why their planet was destroyed and find themselves in an ancient battle for the fate of the universe.
What is your writing process?
I wanted my content to always come across engaging, interactive and something the reader could relate too. My stories should take you on an adventure, but also keep your mind wondering what is going to happen next. I typically like dark fantasy, but I love when I watch a typical serious movie that there is humor found in it through someone just terrified. I believe we all have someone we know that response to things opposite from the norm. I remember one day hanging with my humorous cousin when we were young. He accidentally slammed his fingers in the sliding car door of a minivan. I know, ouch! So I thought to myself he is about to cry and holler. But, no. The first thing that came to his mind was to look at me with an intense disbelief and calmly reply, "No diggy, No doubt." Then he cried.

I laughed so hard. I knew he was in pain, but his response caught me off guard. Again, serious event but humor was still created.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There were several stories that impacted me, but I believe the Hobbit was the most memorable. It was a hard read at my young age, but it had my mind on an adventure. It also helped expand my vocabulary. Now the truth on why I read it was because in elementary school we received points based on how many pages a book had to win prizes. I knew the teacher wouldn't believe I read the entire bible so I saw the Hobbit book and didn't know I was going to actually like it.
How do you approach cover design?
My cover I wanted to show high quality. Something that not just a reader enthusiast would notice. I wanted to catch the eye of someone who doesn't normally read books and say who is this badass warrior? He looks powerful. What is this book about. I also wanted the cover to somewhat show the viewer a hidden story within the cover. I am hoping I have my future fans take a deeper look into the covers to find hidden information.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I group up all over California. I had and have friends from all cultures and interest. My childhood best friend's dad was the composer for Star Trek. I was exposed to a lot in the media production. I was intrigued by Greek, Egyptian and Norse mythology. I have seen a lot in the creative space. Meanwhile, I played basketball and football most my life and traveled to tournaments all over. When I got into gaming, that's what triggered me into really creating worlds. I use to draw a lot when I was younger but when I saw role-playing games like Everquest I was very intrigued by the idea of creating adventures for others.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I figured, I never really seen a movie or read a book that showed all the ancient deities in an all-out battle. Deities like the famous Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades were more played as a supporting or influence role. Not really a main fighter. There are games like God of War that depict an offspring of the ancient deities that would rise up against them. So I figured I would like to see an epic battle of the most elite powers in mythology. I know I was excited when the Hobbit movie finally showed a little fight scene from the most powerful sorcerers in the book. Even Clash of the Titans shows a bit of Zeus and Hades fighting but not much at all. Also, secretly I am a big Hercules and Xena fan growing up. It would be awesome to meet Mr. Kevin and Ms. Lucy one day :-)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just went for it. I figured if I wanted to see content I wish to see and enjoy I needed to do something about it. I also wanted to learn more about how others did it. What is the worst thing that could happen? Nothing. I would still be doing the same thing to support myself and my family. That is why I never discourage someone from pursuing an idea or passion. Just be smart about it and take your time. It will eventually come into fruition.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It just gave me a platform to even be able to self-publish my own content and not be at the mercy of publishing companies to say yes or no. Even if this first volume from the series is not a big hit, I will still finish the series, but I am thankful for companies like Smashwords to provide a platform for all to share their creativeness to the market.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The potential of how far you can expand your creativeness. You can create new worlds and experiences that others can potentially enjoy. It also has a sense of calming to it. Ultimately the adventure from the beginning to the end.
What do your fans mean to you?
A lot. If anything, I just want to be able to influence anyone to pursue their creativeness. I am not the best writer by no means. I am not afraid to ask for help, but It is my choice to say yes I am going for it or not. Do not let anyone discourage you. It starts with you to make a change and bring out new adventures for the world to experience. Just do not rush and just have an open ear and eye to learn.
What are you working on next?
Wrath-Volume 2 :-) I will release more about it later in the year. Stay tune.
Published 2018-06-19.
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Books by This Author

Wrath "Rise of the Fallen"
Price: Free! Words: 30,870. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Wrath "Rise of the Fallen," is a thrilling dark fantasy short story. Prepare yourself to be immersed in a fantastical and exciting journey that combines war, fantasy, paranormal and Greek mythology, which will enthrall a wide variety of readers. As war looms in the horizon and ancient deities must decide what their next move is, you will find yourself within an adventure you will not forget!