Interview with Andrew Jennings

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It means everything. My books would not be out there without it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That rare moment when you read something back, and you think 'that's not bad'.
What do your fans mean to you?
The feedback is amazing.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a non-fiction book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Peter Temple, Ian Rankin, Lee Child.
What inspires you to write?
I really like to explore imaginary worlds. You discover stuff.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Riding my bicycle.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for books that other people have read. Also I really like to browse book stores.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I try and write about a thousand words a day, good or bad. I never edit them at the time, but try and keep going until I have something substantial. The writing class I did at Chisholm Institute really helped. We all just wrote stuff in the class and then read it out straight away. A really good discipline.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
At home we had books by Hemingway and by Nevil Shute. Perhaps the Nevil Shute was responsible for me becoming an engineer. I was really inspired by his stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
Crime Fiction. At the moment I'm working my way through all of the books in the "Department Q" series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ipad Mini. When I want to really concentrate though, I use my old Kindle. It's great.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I don't think I am very good at the marketing. I mostly use Twitter and Facebook.
Describe your desk
It's really really empty. I only have one or two things on it apart from my iMac. I don't like a mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in North Balwyn in the 1950's in Melbourne. At that time this was the far outer reachers of the city. There were very few facilities, and we saw ourselves as the outsiders. Never really part of the mainstream. I used to spend a lot of time playing in a creek. This is now the site of the Eastern Freeway, one of the busiest roads in Melbourne.
When did you first start writing?
I started at University. Then I decided I wasn't very good at it, so I better do something to make a living. I only started again recently.
What's the story behind your latest book?
George is a new detective. He's young, ambitious. So far it has all been easy, in a sense. He has abandoned the law to become a policeman. His father can't understand it. Now he is up against a solitary, highly skilled killer. I wanted to capture that moment when you realise that the easy part is over, and from here on it is going to be very hard indeed.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a big fan of the internet. I've lived on it since it was created. If you search you can find me on there in 1984. It seemed that it would be very difficult for me to go the mainstream way, so it's a natural.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is a very precious gift. For me now, I really have very few responsibilities and I realise this time is wonderful.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm not very good at it. I try for an image that confronts.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Kazuo Ishiguro "An Artist of the Floating World" - the atmosphere is just brilliant. The topic is so powerful. That in the end most of us devote ourselves to causes that are not really justifiable.

Helen Garner "The Children's Bach" - the peril of relationships. The truly awful truth.

Peter Temple "Truth" - it is like crime fiction told by a Buddhist monk. Stripped back, barren. So powerful.

Murukami "The Wind Up Bird Chronicle" - for it's brilliant imagination

Douglas Coupland "Microserfs" - the nature of modern technological slavery
Published 2015-03-26.
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Nemesis (George Kostas)
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Quickly it aligned itself with his shoulders. The worm drive expanded the diameter of the wire, making sure there was plenty of margin to pass over his head. No hesitation now, it dropped and the terrible chatter began. An insistent “clack clack clack” as the metal teeth pulled the wire. The worm drive doing its terrible work.
Murder in the Fabric
Series: George Kostas, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 43,150. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
George was dwarfed by the wall sized display with surveillance and analysis from all over Melbourne. A self driving car, a murder so sophisticated that even with all this it might have escaped notice. An employee of a Chinese security company. Surprisingly uncooperative. What did it have to do with the return of Mia, a mysterious hacker? It certainly was a city with murderous secrets.
Price: Free! Words: 31,180. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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