Interview with Bud Steed

How do you approach cover design?
I want my covers to tell the prospective reader a bit about what they can expect from my book just by looking at it. From the image to the title, I like the overall look of the book to be a good representation of what the contents are; of what is in store for the reader.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of different stuff. My favorite author is Louis L'Amour and I love re-reading his books; they were favorites of mine when I was a kid and still are. I also like to read books on marketing and self publishing. I think it's important as an author to know our markets and how best to present our work to the public.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an Android based tablet that I have a Kindle Reader and a couple of other readers on.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just maintaining a really good conversation with my friends and fans on social media. I rarely do the "hard sell" posts but prefer to mention a new book or a promotion and let the word spread from there. Free book give aways are great too.
Describe your desk
Cluttered. I have my laptop on one desk, research papers thumb tacked to the wall, and notes and notebooks stacked on one corner. My office is in a restored 1920's office building on the square in downtown Springfield MO, so my desk, and office in general, have that 20's feel to them with stacks of research papers, books and other stuff all around it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a farm in northwest Ohio and one room in our house was the library. The ceilings were 10 feet high and my Dad built in floor to ceiling book cases for my mom. She was a great reader of all kinds of topics, so we always had access to the classics, Plato, Socrates, and even westerns by Max Brand and Louis L'Amour. Reading was greatly encouraged in our home and I think that played a huge part in my wanting to write. Like Steven Wright once said, "It usually helps me write by reading - somehow the reading gear in your head turns the writing gear."
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was a kid in high school, but mainly it was for my own enjoyment and escape. I wasn't until I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease that I decided to write for someone other than myself. I didn't want any regrets later in life for not doing something that I really loved.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always had a fascination with the unexplained, whether it's of a paranormal nature or along the lines of a lost legend or folktale. Since living in the Ozarks, I've heard so many stories of lost mines, hidden treasures and stashes of outlaw loot that I simply wanted to share the stories with others. Each of the stories in Lost Treasures of the Ozarks tells about a lost mine, Spanish silver, or an outlaw hold up and the way the treasure was eventually lost. Whether the stories are true or not remains to be seen, but in a lot of the stories there are actual historic figures involved, which for me makes it extremely interesting.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I originally published three books traditionally and all of the books were reviewd and accepted for inclusion into the Library of Congress. Despite all of that I found that the publisher offered very little support and marketing for the books; I was basically on my own after the first month or so. I decided that if I was going to basically do it all myself then I might as well go the self publishing route and keep the lions share of the royalties. And a major plus is that I like the freedom it affords me. I write for my own deadlines, for the enjoyment of my fans and for my own sanity.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean everything to me! They are part of the reason that I write; that and the need to tell a story anyway. Without them I wouldn't enjoy the success that I have so far, and their feedback on my writing helps me to grow in my craft.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I try to spend as much time with my wife and kids as possible. When I start to get on their nerves I usually fire up the motorcycle and take a nice long ride or I might do a paranormal investigation or some field work into a particular lost silver treasure that I have been searching for.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the story out. I get the most joy from the actual process of writing the story. The research, the outlining, the writing and to a certain extent, the editing.
Published 2016-04-10.
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Books by This Author

Ghost Stories and Hauntings
Price: Free! Words: 9,240. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » New Age » The Paranormal
Ghosts are everywhere it seems. This free book provides nine chapters on various hauntings and ghosts stories written by paranormal investigator and researcher Bud Steed. Stories such as the Ghosts of Wilson's Creek, The Albino Farm and The 5 Most Haunted Places in Baton Rouge, both inform and entertain. Totaling 9 chapters, this fun and easy to read book will keep you entertained and wanting more
Lost Treasures of the Ozarks
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,300. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » American, Nonfiction » History » North America
The rugged and lonely Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas hold many secrets; buried treasures and lost mines are just a few of them. From stacks of Spanish silver and gold bars, to lost silver mines, to hidden outlaw loot, the tales of buried and lost riches are abundant in the folklore of the Ozarks. Follow along as folklorist and researcher Bud Steed takes you on a journey of hidden riches
Ozarks Ghosts and Hauntings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,220. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » The Paranormal, Nonfiction » History » American
The rocky hills and dark valleys of the Ozark Mountains hold many secrets for those bold enough to go in search of them. From the grieving ghost of the Ozark’s Madonna to the dangerous apparition who haunts the Irish Wilderness, ghosts and legends abound in the Ozarks. A long settled land, the Ozarks has seen its fair share of tragedy and turmoil; from accidents to civil war battles the Ozarks