Interview with Byron Rider

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have loved books my whole life. I prefer reading to mostly all other activities.

I have always been a fair writer. After reading books on many genre's I decided to try my hand at writing. Although it has taken me a long time to find a genre of book that was easy for me to write, I have now published 11 books in a short period of time.

I truly love writing and hope that I can supplement my income through writing, as well as sharing my work with others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love watching my books take on a life of their own. The best books I've written are those that took no thought or effort. It is like they were born and grew up in my life.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. I am writing to please them. Without fans how good is an artist of any type?

Fans who are pleased make me happy. They are the reason that I write. To entertain others through what I feel is a talent.
What are you working on next?
I am writing a book based in Medieval Scotland and England, during the era of Robert the Bruce after Scotland's independence was secured. The idea is that everyone should get that which their heart desires, regardless of how protocol and societal mores dictate.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love J. K. Rowling, but also Hannah Howell. There are so many authors that I have read that is is difficult to choose. Two of my very first favorite authors were George Eliot and Ray Bradbury.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life cannot begin with your head on the pillow. I am inspired by what I have yet to accomplish. Most days I get up, and go straight to my computer to continue writing my next novel.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, teaching college Psychology, and that's about it. I would like to take up painting portraits.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for a specific group. Most of my choices are Medieval or Renaissance. I love the action and adventure, but the romance is a great secondary part of the books I look for.
What is your writing process?
I sit down and write. If a book does not take flight within the first 30 pages, I stop and open my notebook that is full of plots for future books.

If I do not write for a day I go back and read everything I've already written, edit any errors I find and recollect what I have already said. In that way my stories can continue to develop and grow.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do not recall the very first, but The Ghost of Dibble Hollow was the most memorable. It made me begin to think about all the possibilities out there; that maybe we do not know everything, and even the most inconsequential of us can make a difference.
How do you approach cover design?
Most of my books has a plaid background. Since my books are written with Scottish Medieval Highlands as their backdrop, the plaid tartans of one of the main characters is always used to help link the cover with the characters. Then I choose a poignant part of my story and use an image that conveys that specific point.

I see so many books like mine with the same man in a kilt holding a woman. I think they are great, but to stand out, one must not be like everyone else.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read an eclectic group of books. I read the Harry Potter series, but also I read American History dramas and historic, medieval and renaissance era books.

I love action and adventure, love and romance. I like a good ghost story and stories of time travel and of things lost.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a Samsung Galaxy 8
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use the free methods: Twitter, Facebook, and the like. I found a list of sites to advertise on for free, as well. I was pretty successful with a free book opportunity for 3 of my titles for short periods of time.
Describe your desk
It is covered with devices. A portable hard drive, laptop, secondary monitor, keyboard and mouse, and other devices.

There are a few papers on the desk.
The hutch has my resources on it, and everything is easy to reach and easy to find. Organized.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing as a child. It seemed I was pretty bright, but sometimes clever children are ostracized because others do not understand things the same way as I did.

I stopped writing, then started again. Academic papers as well as entertainment works. I was not very dedicated to the process until this year.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I find the lost cause something worthy of consideration. Medieval knights cannot marry the noble born, yet I am going to setup my knight to get what he wants.

Unfortunately, the object of his affection is betrothed to another. A noble and kind laird from the northern Highlands. She has her own troubles, too. As a beautiful young lady an English lord from York wants her for himself. Since Scotland is now free of English interference he takes it upon himself to kidnap her and threaten all she loves to get her to wed him.

The book is wrought with fighting, kidnapping, and lost causes that will ultimately, if the knight wins, reach a positive conclusion.
Published 2015-12-04.
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Books by This Author

Designer Duress Book 1
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 44,050. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Drugs, Sex, and Deceit all mix well when Jimmy and Cliff meet and try to make a go at a relationship that seems destined to fail. This is book one of a series of indeterminate size.
Transferred Guilt
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 23,270. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Ryan's need to control Keith borders on evil. Will Keith get past what he never knew was coming, or will he suffer the consequences of ages-old choices?
Crossing the Line
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 113,320. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Adventure » General
Love triangles are never fun, especially when a couple family members fall for the same guy. Watch out for kidnapping teens, and assault-and-battery, in this adventure into growing up and growing in love.
Liberating Lucas
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 39,090. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Coming of age
A gay young man, Lucas, is thrown out of his own home on his eighteenth birthday. He could die in the Midwestern winter if not for the kindness of a well-meaning stranger. They find common ground, understanding, and maybe even love, if they are given half a chance.
Assault on the Atlantic
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 43,870. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
When a young French man is saved and brought on board a Navy vessel, all should be well, but not every Sailor is a stalwart representative of the fleet. Assault, security, and love all combat on the high seas.
Turkish Trouble
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 67,080. Language: English. Published: January 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Kidnapping, relationships gone bad, and almost ruined, and people who just won't leave Chris and Marcus alone have the men running after each other, hoping to finally catch up and live a life together, in peace.
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 54,290. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
A young man is tossed overboard to be killed by a group of drug-runners. His rescue becomes his life, but at what cost is his freedom from his traumatic past?
Hard Bodies
Price: $3.50 USD. Words: 70,060. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Heterosexual man meets man of his dreams. Can their lives be put in order with so many things stacked against them?