Interview with Edwin Thompson

What do your fans mean to you?
I don't consider my readers as "fans" which invokes the word "fanatic", which they certainly are not. I consider the readers of my books as fellow readers. I too love reading from various authors but I'm certainly not fanatical about their works, I simply enjoy reading.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is bringing forth the truth to create awareness and inspire, hoping that my writing will not only educate, but motivate and become a catalyst for change. I love the creative process and this platform to express my ideals and research facts to the reader.
What is your writing process?
I approach each project very prayerfully. There is really no process, the words and ideas just come, then I conduct research from there. That's basically it in a nutshell.
How do you approach cover design?
First, I make sure that the manuscript is finished. Then I re-read my work and try to come up with the best visual concept to summarize my book.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing poetry for others while I was still in middle school. All the jocks use to come and ask me to either write or draw something for their girlfriends.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have so much I want to share. There are so many ideas and concepts I want to release to the public, sometimes I feel that I will literally burst if I couldn't get it all out on the proverbial table for all to see.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My upcoming second title in progress "From Parent to Prisoner: Memoirs of a modern day slave" are true and accurate accounts of which I have personally experienced as a so-called dead-beat dad and first time offender for childsupport payment violation. I just wanted to give the first-hand detailed truth to the public of my background, and the specific situations that I had suffered through which includes: the alienation from my children, loss of career, income and severe sickness due to jailhouse medical malpractice for which I almost paid for with my life. I wanted those that demonize the so called deadbeat dads to realize that the judicial system that they so highly praise is not at all what they think it is. I also wanted to give a voice for so many good dads out there that don't have a platform to express themselves so that the general public would have a glimpse of what is actually going on behind the jail cell doors and exactly how their money is ciphered into this broken system that we call child support.
What are you working on next?
I like surprises and secrets, don't you? I already indulged into my most recent project, there are plenty of titles to come. You will find out soon enough. (Laughing)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I find myself always in the creative frame of mind, so I do a lot of brainstorming and approach any task with a creative flair. I love to create any kind of art. Photography, swimming and a plethora of other activities I also enjoy when time allows.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through word of mouth mostly and the internet. There are various forms of social media out there which are a absolute virtual gold mine for finding very good titles.
Describe your desk
In a word, cluttered. I have notes and sketches everywhere. Since I keep a writing tablet beside my bed to catch good ideas at a moments notice, I have stuff everywhere.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it so easy to produce and promote my work. I think that Smashwords is an excellent platform for new authors to get their work out into the hands of the readers.
Published 2014-01-04.
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