Interview with Alexander M Zoltai

Published 2017-09-13.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I was planning my novel, I realized the "genre" and treatment were nowhere near "mainstream"...

It only seemed appropriate to self-publish and do my own promotion.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It has to be the first drafts...

Sitting there and "watching" words appear, characters talk, and plots unfold :-)
What are you working on next?
I have an ongoing project called "Story Bazaar"---writing a new short story every week---60 tales as of the date of this interview...

Click the link to my blog, they're not hard to find :-)
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I had my book published through FastPencil and didn't sell very many in the 6 years since publishing it...

I'd already been giving it away on my blog, so Smashwords seemed the ideal place to increase my giveaways :-)
What do your fans mean to you?


A few of my friends might be considered "fans"; but, my approach to promotion has just included Smashwords---no telling how "famous" I'll become :-)
Who are your favorite authors?
#1 - Baha'u'llah
#2 - 'Abdu'l-Baha
#3 - Shoghi Effendi
#4 - C. J. Cherryh
#5 - John Gardner
#6 - Iain Rob Wright
#7 to "infinity" - a bunch of other writers...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Writing my blog and working on my next short story...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly, preparing to write; though, when 8pm rolls around, I enter the virtual world, Kitely, and socialize with writers from all over the place :-)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A number of ways:

-- Recommendations from friends
-- Hints from magazine articles
-- Authors I run across while blogging
-- Rarely by going to an e-book outlet and browsing...
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No; but I remember the first poem, at age 13...

His life has strains from two songs,
One hapless,
One not spent.

On the one he ponders endless,
To the other his mind's scarce lent...

Comes the time when one halts the other,
In order to gain its Moment.
His life will be much fuller,
All happiness, unspent...
What is your writing process?
Sit down at the keyboard and write...

For my short stories, I sometimes have an idea fleshed out; sometimes just a title; many times, just a vague urge...

My novel took many years to ripen in my heart---I used a complicated outline; but, when the writing began the outline kept getting red lines striking things out till it bled to death :-)
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries, sci-fi, detective tales; but, that's only in the last few years...

Back in my 20s thru my early 60s, I read much more widely...
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, though I have my sights set on the Kobo that's water-proof :-)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Blogging 7 days a week and letting my free writing links sit there in the side-bar...
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