Interview with Ben Stevens

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a murder-mystery, when I was aged about ten. The teacher gave it 20/20. That's about all I can recall. There have been a few others since.
What is your writing process?
It requires either coffee or alcohol, depending on time of day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'Watership Down'. Basically taught me to read, and gave me a life-long love of literature. 'Roger Red Hat' wasn't really doing it for me previously.
How do you approach cover design?
With caution.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Woah, big question... Have to get back to that one...
What do you read for pleasure?
'Jeeves and Wooster', usually.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Um... pass?
Describe your desk
Cluttered.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Let you know when I grow up!
When did you first start writing?
Three?
What's the story behind your latest book?
Read it and find out!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been 'traditionally published' (HarperCollins), and it takes way too long...
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Quick and easy to use. No complaints so far.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Self-ownership; get to readers quickly. Love the whole indie thing.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Thanks. To all two of you.
What are you working on next?
The washing-up.
Who are your favorite authors?
There's a few... John Steinbeck's definitely up there.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, looking after kids, spending too much time on Facebook.
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How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendation, usually.
Published 2017-02-01.
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