Interview with DC Washington

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
I have an interesting story in my head, and I write it down. I'm not interested in trying to choreograph it or pay attention to passive vs. active voice or anything else. I just write it down like a blue print. After I finish, then I deal with the flow, passive vs. active voice, and the show-don't-tell rule.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the first story I recall reading was a children's horror story called Taileypo. I was riveted by it. Though, at the time, I was in first grade or so, and I didn't have any thought of writing. However, all these years later, I still remember it.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to make it look realistic. I don't care for cartoonish covers. I'm not the biggest fan of sketch covers either. If you can add some realism to the cover, I think that goes a long way into making a reader choose your book rather than someone else's.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Jurassic Park - Because I'm a huge dinosaur fan. I've always been a huge fan of stories that take place on islands and the people cannot escape.

And Then There Were None - I think it's THE classic who-dunnit. Again, like Jurassic Park, this takes place on an island from where the people cannot escape. I base a lot of my stories on these sort of settings.

The Lord of the Rings - It's classic good vs. evil. Very much like World War 2. The characters are unforgettable, and they have dynamic chemistry. You don't get better than J. R. R. Tolkien

The Hobbit - Probably the most charming book I've ever read. It's been years since last I opened it, but it was spectacular. The book was FAR better than that rather bad film trilogy.

1776 - I love history, and The Revolutionary War had everything going against the Colonies. It's still unbelievable that the Colonists won. I think it's very telling of what this country did throughout its history. So many times we should've been destroyed or conquered, yet we prevailed and became stronger for it.
What do you read for pleasure?
I just finished Harry Potter series not too long ago. I don't know what I'll read next. Depends on my mood. I don't read a little of one book and go onto something else. I finish the book, then I move on.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Mobiepocket Reader
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Posting to several sites.
Describe your desk
It's a glass table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Minnesota. It didn't influence me at all. It was cold, and I hate the cold.
When did you first start writing?
I first gave serious time to writing in 2001 or 2002
What's the story behind your latest book?
A group of people get stranded on an island, and they have to survive dinosaurs, an evil scientist, and at the same time find a way to escape the island because there's and about-to-erupt volcano.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I would've preferred finding a literary agent to do the hard work for me, but they're generally only interested in people who are celebrities, politicians, or are already well-known authors. In short, I didn't have much choice but to become an indie author, if I wanted to see my stories sold.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't yet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to sell my work and have people review it. Even if the reviews are less than stellar, I like to get feedback.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll let you know when I have some. lol
What are you working on next?
I'm going back and editing Cravon Manor, a ghost-story trilogy.
Who are your favorite authors?
J. R. R. Tolkien, Michael Crichton, Agatha Christie, Sir, Arthur Conan Doyle, J. K. Rowling.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Exercising, watching movies/tv series
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Just by chance.
Which book of yours do you like the best?
It generally depends on my mood. For now, I think I'd have to go with Project Timeline, but Death Forest is easier to read, since it's about 1/4 the size.
Do you think the publishing industry is fair to indie authors?
No. Absolutely not. They'll publish a book by Madonna and other celebrities and politicians. Those people, for the most part, cannot write. They hire ghost writers. They'll waste money on those people, while indie authors are left struggling. Indie authors, many of whom happen to be extremely good writers. I understand the publishers feel they'll make more money off of a book that has Madonna's name as compared to Joe Smith, but real talent is left behind in favor of a big name. No way is the publishing industry fair.
What's your favorite genre to write?
Action adventure. I'd follow that up with suspense or horror.
I noticed you credited editors in your book. Why?
They earned that right. Yes, I paid them for a job, and they did it. Some people feel that's all I owe them. I can understand that. I know some authors will not credit the editors, because it makes the author seem like less than a great writer. However, every book that is published, especially through the big publishing houses, are edited, and quite often several times. I'm very wordy when I write. Project Timeline was 186,000 words when I first published it. I pulled it from Amazon, and had it double-edited. Between my two editors and myself, it's now 84,000 words. Over 100,000 words deleted. If you want a book streamlined and easy to read, be prepared to put money out for editing. When someone does a good job, I believe they should be credited.
Why did you have it edited twice?
I didn't plan on it. I wanted it edited, and I was looking for an editor with reasonable rates. My first editor, Mattew W. Quinn, charged me $450. My second editor, Shea Megale, charged my $170. Both of those were great deals, especially when the editor I was going to hire wanted $1100. I seriously considered that. It would've hurt my bank account, but I need the book edited. Thankfully, I found these two, and I'll use them again.
What was the process you went through to make the book cover?
It was fairly simple. I posted on Craigslist and that I needed someone to make an ebook cover. A lot of people responded. Most wanted between $100-$200 for the cover. $200 was way out of my budget. Samantha Fann contacted me with a deal for $50. I gave her my idea of the book cover. And she came pretty darn close to what I was looking for, while making it look realistic, not cartoonish or sketched. Since then, I've used her to make a few other covers for me, too. The second one cost me $75.
Would you be interested in the book being adapted for tv or a feature film?
Of course. I think most authors would love that. However, after seeing what Peter Jackson did with The Hobbit, I'd want script approval. I suppose it depends on how much I need the money. After all, no matter what the movie is like, it won't change the book, so maybe I wouldn't be so demanding.
Who would you want to play the main character?
Probably Kate Beckinsale or Laura German, since that's about what Grayson looks like.
What other books do you plan to publish besides Project Timeline?
Possibly a sequel to Project Timeline. I have a ghost trilogy called Cravon Manor, which I mentioned earlier. Surviving the Amazon, and Murder Around the Clock. All of those have Grayson as the protagonist. I have a horror story called Death Forest which will be published very soon. I also have a book called How to Make an EBook: A Step-By-Step Tutorial. I basically took notes on the process that worked for me when I was converting my manuscript into an ebook. It took a long time.
Published 2015-02-28.
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Books by This Author

Death Forest
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,160. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Candice Hutchins, a recently demoted investigative reporter, takes a group of friends into Death Forest to discover if a spirit called Ganayegi exists. What they thought to be a myth is soon revealed to be one of the most real things they've ever encountered after they stumble upon and destroy an ancient Cherokee Indian's grave. Follow this fast-paced adventure to see if any will escape