Interview with BK Gore

What are you working on next?
I have two new books begun. The fourth in the Jeb Taylor series and the third in the Ben Jensen series.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
If I've a fresh project that's caught my imagination I'm up with the dawn... otherwise it's the hunger for a quiet hour and fresh, black coffee.
What is your writing process?
A "Scene" will pop into my head. A vision of a character in some situation that the story flows out of. Then the story tells itself. I've tried and failed multiple times to write from an outline. In every case the characters I'm following through the story turn away from the scripted outline and all I can do is follow along and copy down their story.

It's as if there's a movie reel running in my head. I see the pictures and hear the words spoken. I don't write the stories. The characters tell them to me. I hear voices! ;) All I have to do is keep up and copy down their tale.
How do you approach cover design?
I try for the cover to have some connection to the storyline.

I wander around and browse for ideas either in photographs I've made myself or through stock photos until something grabs my attention. Sometimes I just "brainstorm" what I'd like the cover to be... I just throw out ideas and doodle concepts until one gels, and then go search for or make the photograph I need to create that idea.

Generally I start thinking about the cover at the same time I start writing the story. Usually by the end of writing the cover is pretty well designed.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read military fiction, westerns, and mystery/suspense.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
99%of my reading is done on a Kindle. That last tiny bit would be with a kindle app on my smartphone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've tried a few different things as most indie authors have.

My big advantage has been that I had already had a couple websites with considerable following that gave me an audience to present my very first book to.

The most productive action I've taken though I would have to say has been making the first book of each of my two series FREE. The exposure I've gained from that choice has over time paid back greatly. Rather than devaluing the work as some authors contend, I submit that it has given those first two volumes a HUGE value to me as the promotional foundation of my sales.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved to Arizona from Ohio when I was a young boy and within weeks was working for a local rancher. I fit there like a glove and to my mother's dismay all I ever wanted to do was cowboy. That culture gave me a hide thick enough to endure the critics and follow my own trail. At the same time it granted me the experience to write a western from the perspective of someone who's been there.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story in high school. It got good "reviews" in class but the "writing bug" didn't truly strike me for many years. That was a good thing. I think to write good fiction you're fairly well hobbled when you're young by the simple lack of life experience to flesh out a story. You need those experiences and the ability to see life from somebody else's perspective to be able to write the best story you're capable of.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was producing a couple of websites, an RV site and a motorcycle site, for a few years. Readers who enjoyed my way of writing/talking kept urging me to "write a real book". I finally roped that critter and dove in... to find out that I really enjoyed it. As that book came along I started trying to work out how I could publish it. The idea of expecting a few hundred rejection letters in an effort to put that first book "A Matter of Honor" in front of readers pretty much rubbed me raw. One of my readers who turned out to be a published author pointed me at Smashwords... and the rest is history.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It gave me the tools and the confidence to keep going. Without the style guide to lead me through the formatting and publishing maze I would have been at the mercy of every publishing charlatan out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Following and creating the actual story. I sometimes sit at the desk for eight or ten hours because the characters have lead me into some great part of the story. I can't stop until I find out what happens! Following right behind that are the reviews of people who have come to love a character or two and tell you (the author) how much pleasure your stories have added in their lives. That's just cool!
What do your fans mean to you?
Success. The simple truth is, an author can claim he/she is self employed, but without readers, without those fans buying the books we're just people spending a lot of time at a laptop fantasizing about another world. Our fans are at the end of the day, our employers. Having an employer that truly values you... and sees your worth in their world is priceless.
Who are your favorite authors?
Louis L'amour and CJ Box are two that jump to mind.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a five thousand word short story for high school. Just one character, a young boy who survived an indian massacre and was riding through the Mogollon of Arizona to escape. There was no dialogue just the description of the scenes. Was very well "reviewed" when it was read in class! :) I'm thinking of bringing it back and making it a book.
Published 2015-01-12.
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Books by This Author

For My Horses
Series: Jeb Taylor. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,470. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Western
Jeb Taylor has two things that give meaning to life; His family and his horses. Threaten Jeb Taylor's family and you create an unforgiving enemy. You might as well have the hole waitng for you up on boot hill. Jeb knew he also loved his horses, but even he hadn't recognized how deeply. He discovers that Life imposes lessons on a man that he might have chosen do without if given the option.
Leather and Stone
Series: Jeb Taylor. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,200. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
When a good friend of Jeb's comes up missing under mysterious circumstances, Jebediah Taylor is not the sort to leave him twisting in the wind. True to his nature he saddles up to go looking. That loyalty sets him struggling and fighting in a blind race to catch an unknown foe. His sense of Honor holds him to that desperate race against time crisscrossing over half the territory.
The Horsemen
Series: Jeb Taylor. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 78,480. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Jeb and Ben share a love of fine horses. Already known as tough men they are becoming known for their horsemanship as well. But life continues to happen. Events in life that rise up along the way can trip a man as he pursues his passions. Their partnership deepens as they work to meet not only their obligatons but fight bears and rustlers, all while putting their horsemanship to an extreme test.
Shadow on the Mountain
Series: Ben Jensen, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,780. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
They're in the clear. It's sunny slopes and soft winds from now on for Ben and Amanda ~ Wrong! ~ It's just that sort of misguided thinking that will set a man up for a hard fall. Once again they find themselves threatened. This time the struggle is against an unseen and sadistic predator. Ben and Amanda must once again summon the courage to stand against the odds and fight for their very survival
Heart of a Man
Series: Jeb Taylor, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 80,500. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Western
Jeb Taylor series Book #2 Jeb fought Donovan to defend his land and honor. That fight gave him the love of his life and a son that becomes his best friend. To keep their dreams alive they must fight another fearful battle with a mysterious, unseen foe. Theirs is a battle for simple survival. They fight for their women and they fight for each other. Together they ride with the Heart of a Man.
A Pair of Second Chances
Series: Ben Jensen, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 96,320. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Western
Ben Jensen is a cowboy ever more adrift in the Modern World. Riding to the aid of a desperate young woman, he becomes entangled in far more than he'd ever imagined. She has escaped from a life of slavery; and is trying desperately to save her son from the same fate. Together, they fight their way through to the sunny slopes and find new hope. Together they win A Pair of Second chances at life.
A Matter of Honor
Series: Jeb Taylor, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 76,780. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » General
Jeb Taylor Series Book #1, Jebediah Taylor, seeking escape from the ghosts of the Civil War, rides into a western valley to find the hope for his future that he's been hunting, for ten years. He finds land that soothes a tortured soul... along with a woman and her son, who fill his heart. But first, as A Matter of Honor, he must survive one last, desperate, war... to keep Hope Alive
RV Boondocking Tips
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,050. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Camping and RVing
This is a collection of all the tips I've seen, used and heard of in twenty plus years of running the rubber off of various RV's... at least all the ones I could remember. I tried to arrange 'em in a way I thought you' find usable, but then, An RVin' Cowboy Biker may juuust think a mite different than you at times! 12 chapters of tips with sections on, water, electrical,driving, pets & more.
RV Boondocking - The Road to the Good Life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,230. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Camping and RVing
RV boondocking, the complete story... 19 chapters from my rv boondocking philosophy and finding good camps to work kamping and an rvers dictionary. I may not have all the answers but I have a few... and maybe some advice you can use to help find the ones I don't have! Not a big book... but a big little book! I believe it'll start you down the right road to finding shining times on the rv road!
Horses, Critters, and Other Tales of a Cowboy's life
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 18,390. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2010. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
These are the stories of my life... That the statute of limitations have run out on anyway! A number of short stories detailing a few of my 'finer' moments... and a couple... uh... less than fine.! I hope reading them will provide you as much enjoyment as dusting off the memories and putting them down on paper has brought me. I Vow! These are all true... with little need for embellishment!