Interview with Chris Deggs

What are you working on next?
I am revising a book called 'Ziggurat - the real agenda in Iraq
What's the new book about?
It's mostly about mind control and manipulation by harmful alien and human agencies.
It sounds exciting. So what is it like working on a story with another author?
It's the first time I have done this, so it's a brand new experience. I worked out the plot and characterisation. Patty is helping to refine and develop the story.
How is that working out for you both?
It's great fun but also quite challenging at times. The critical thing for me is to be flexible about the characters and the storyline.
You have written many books over the years covering various subjects. How would you describe your genre in a single sentence?
Oh, that's a difficult one. I guess I would say something like, my stories are adventures about conspiracy, corruption and control.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a great deal to me. It's satisfying to know people enjoy my stories
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett
Ian Rankin
Nelson de Mille
Michael Chrichton
Dan Brown
Val McDermot
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To write, Paint and enjoy friends
How do you approach cover design?
A certain degree of uniformity with font and layout
I design simple covers that stand out, Sometimes I use elements of my art
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting, week end market stall to promote my writing and painting
So, you write every day?
Yes. I can't wait to get started.
That's very Impressive. So, when you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting, going on beach and bush walks with Patty and running a market stall to promote my writing and art.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
yes I do
What is your writing process?
Nor sure how to answer this.
First the idea, Then character building. Then an outline
What's the story behind your latest book?
A quest in a race against time to discover ancient ET technology
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
the UK but I don't think it influenced my writing. I am influenced by ethical science and philosophy a sreflected in my stories
What are your five favorite books, and why?
LOTR as mentioned, because it's the best fairytale ever
MC State of Fear
MC Micro
MC The Swarm
TP The Bromeliads
What do you read for pleasure?
I find serial killer detective stories fascinating
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Promotion at local markets
Websites like smashwords
When did you first start writing?
25 years ago
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have more control over the whole process from writing to marketing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed hugely by publishing and promoting my books, I have nothing but the highest praise for great work of promoting authors that Smashwords does.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I guess researching the little details and coming across useful discoveries randomly adding zest to my stories
Should a book offer more than what is written on the page?
In my case I believe an underlying positive message helps my stories
What's the new book about?
It's mostly about mind control and manipulation by harmful alien and human agencies.
What inspired you to become an author?
I enjoy writing books because I enjoy creating characters and astage for them to play on. It also gives me an opportunity to exprees what I believe to be an important underlying ethical message
Why do you like writing fiction?
Fiction gives me a whole universe to play with. It allows me to present ideas that have an element of truth about them woven into a fictitious story. Fiction puts the fate of my characters in my hands.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I'm still alive and able to write my stories. I don't have a problem getting up early to work. I'm usually up and writing around 2:30 am.
Who are your favourite authors?
Oh, well Terry Pratchett, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Nelson de Mille and Michael Crichton would have to be at the top of the list.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a great deal to me. It's satisfying to know people enjoy my stories. It's very encouraging to receive testimonials from my readers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh, that was a very long time ago. I made many attempts over the years. My first serious work as an Indie author was 'Ziggurat, the real agenda in Iraq'
What is your writing process?
First I need an idea for a plot. This usually occurs while I'm writing another story. So I typically have vague concepts waiting in the wings. Then I decide on my caste. I Then develop this kernel of an idea into an outline.
Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
No, but Lord of the Rings had the most significant impact on me.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a graphic design background and design my own covers. At first, I gave my book covers a degree of uniformity with font and layout. Of late I have become more flexible in my designs giving each book it's distinctive flavour but with some elements to reflect a brand.
What are your five favourite books, and why?
Lord of the Rings as mentioned, because it's the best fairytale ever. Michael Crichton's State of Fear, Micro, and The Swarm are my favourites because they tackle contemporary and controversial scientific subjects. Terry Pratchett's The Bromeliads pays attention to detail about tiny people in a human-sized world.
What do you read for pleasure?
I find serial killer detective stories fascinating. I also enjoy political thrillers, courtroom dramas and spy stories.
What book marketing techniques are most useful for you?
Publishing and distribution Platforms like Smashwords and Feedaread. Promoting my books at local markets and bookshops
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England, but I don't think it influenced my writing. I am mostly influenced by ethical science and philosophy, as reflected in my stories.
When did you first start writing?
Seriously about 15 years ago
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest published book is a good versus evil trilogy, called Entropicus, about Artificial intelligence takeover.
What motivated you to become an Indie author?
It's the simplest and most effective way to get my stories published and out in the marketplace.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords makes it easy for me to publish and market my books.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The whole process, from the initial story concept through to the final draft. I enjoy the mixture of artistic and formulating aspects.
Should a book offer more than what is written on the page?
It all depends on the reader. Some are just happy with a good story. Others may want to delve deeper. This is why I provide links to research sources at the end of the chapters.
What inspired you to become an author?
I have always had a vivid imagination, so writing stories allow me to explore fantasy worlds in real settings. I enjoy creating characters and the stage for their performance. Being a fiction novelist also gives me an opportunity to express what I believe to be an essential underlying ethical message.
Why do you like writing fiction?
Oh, fiction gives me a whole universe to play with. It allows me to present ideas that have an element of truth about them woven into a fictitious story. Fiction puts the fate of my characters in my hands.
How does your writing differ from others in its genre?
I write in more than one genre, but my favourite one involves conspiracy stories. However, my conspiracy stories, which are generally about technology gone wrong, contain an underlying ethical message about human survival.
One last question Chris, why do you write?
That's a biggie. I write for many reasons, but when it comes down to it, I guess I write because it gives me a sense of fulfilment. Writing is mostly a solitary pursuit. I love the independence of book and the enjoyment I get from discovering new things during the research stage. Often the research gives me an idea for another writing project. I see writing as producing a verbal movie in which I play all the roles from directing, producing, starring and setting the scenes etc. I love writing fiction because I am God of my own creation. However, the main reason love to write stories is the pleasure it affords me.
Published 2018-07-19.
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Books by This Author

Stealth Book 1
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,880. Language: English. Published: September 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
For thousands of years, they have been manipulating us by stealth. Dr Alex Devenport gets hold of secret files showing horrific mind control experiments. Arturo Bruno discovers artificial parasitic energies, replicating Universal Natural Laws. Aldous Foster has visions of energy parasites, when off his medication. More people become aware of the mind control pandemic. But are they too late?
Entropicus 3 - The Madness of Androids
Series: Entropicus. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 108,330. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Abbott and Helen find themselves in a desert detention centre. A sick little girl develops strange powers causing people to weaken and die. DARPA has Goman Worrall imprisoned for holding back on crucial kill switch technology. A super intelligent AI becomes the self-styled God of robots who threatens to take down the Internet if the American government does not cede to his demands.
Entropicus - Book 2: The Mystery Of Atlantis
Series: Entropicus. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 136,520. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » General
Abbott and Hassan seek the 'Key to Atlantis'. Dayton Lynsey pursues Diablo Sonata. Dr Gibson sends Colonel Lynch and a Marine Stargate patrol to help liberate the Atlanteans from the Singularians. Mendes Amwon escapes with instructions on how to make a black hole.
Entropicus - Book One: The Mastery of Alchemy
Series: Entropicus. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 122,070. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
The world is collapsing in entropic chaos, and artificial intelligence is poised to take over. However, the worst threat of all comes from Diabolus, an ancient Sect dedicated to death and destruction for its sake. Diablo Sonata, the current Mage uses the ancient art of alchemy to bring about maximum chaos and destruction with acts of extreme terrorism.
London Lies
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 78,390. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
On July 7, 2005, bombs exploded on underground trains and a bus. Four men carrying homemade bombs got blamed. But all was not what it seemed. Joab Rackham, an investigative journalist uncovers a much more sinister scenario, one that governments want to keep hidden at all costs.
Marlowe - A Quantime Experience
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 73,720. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
Oswald Doyle, private investigator, while searching for a missing Thesbian becomes intrigued about the life and death of the Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe. Jennifer Smethurst, the genius scientist and inventor of the quantum travel machine sends him to Tudor London to investigate the dramatist's alleged death.But there are dangerous individuals who want to keep the truth buried.
Plane Truth
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 63,720. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
A huge question mark hangs over what happened in America on September 11, 2001. Conspiracy theories are rife, and the official doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Joab Rackham, an investigative journalist, sets out to discover what happened to the passengers of the four flights that fateful day.
Hack
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 72,640. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
Somebody is hacking into the World Bank. Nations previously refused loans suddenly receive credit from the Bank to carry out their various projects. The hacker demands a fairer more ethical financial system based on fractal science and vows to keep handing out windfalls to poor nations until the Bank takes him seriously. Alex Meyer, an expert in cyber security, is hired to find the hacker.
Investigation - The Nunnery Murders
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 83,670. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Three bodies are discovered in a disused nunnery in Ilfracombe. They appear to have nothing in common with each other except being left together on the cold stone floor. As the police delve into the case it becomes clear that the deaths have something to do with what happened at the nunnery in the past.
Termination: The Eugenics Agenda
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 61,480. Language: English. Published: September 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A passenger jet crashes in the peaceful English countryside. Secret documents on board go missing, along with Lisa Parton, the air crash investigator.
Millennium: Countdown to Chaos
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 101,810. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
As people prepare for Millennium Eve celebrations around the world powerful hidden forces are planning something very different. Something so devastating it will change everything forever. Only a few people from different walks of life are aware of this threat and they band together in an attempt to avert the impending global catastrophe.
Democracy On Trial - The Verdict
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 58,280. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
This book is about how to view Democracy and bring the practice of it into our daily lives for the betterment of all. It will show you how the democratic system has developed as witnesses such as Plato and Aristotle are brought forward to explain their roles in developing Democracy in ancient Greece.
Anunnaki: The Greatest Story Never Told Book 3: Prophesy, Power And Politics
Series: Anunnaki. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 92,820. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Marduk,directs humankind through his son, Nabu, in readiness for the Anunnaki's triumphant return. Nabu is caught up in the bloody violence as he tracks down, through 4000 years of history, a dark force that has a world domination agenda of its own.
Black Pope - Secrets Of The Vatican
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 79,260. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
After an assassination attempt on the Pope, cardinals in the Vatican are targeted for execution by agents working for the 'Black Pope' the Jesuarian General. Some years later, Derek Philips, a Jesuarian whistle-blower, disappears after revealing the dark side of the Society of Jesu to the journalist, Joab Rackham.
Ziggurat - The Real Agenda In Iraq
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 51,600. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
A quest to find ancient ET technology in Iraq finds a team of scientists caught up in a race against time to stop a powerful global cartel from aiding the return of an ancient alien civilisation.
Amenti - A Quantum Tarot Journey
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 80,850. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Anika embarks upon a mysterious tarot quest. in which she learns about the human condition and how humanity might avoid extinction.
Vincent - A Quantime Experience
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 75,200. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
A private detective takes on an extraordinary case. He is hired by a computer gamer to go back in time to find out if Vincent van Gogh's shooting was suicide or murder.
Anunnaki: The Greatest Story Never Told, Book 2, Challenge, Change and Conquest
Series: Anunnaki. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 164,210. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Asian
Over one hundred thousand years ago they ruled in Edin. The mining colony had expanded hugely to become the Anunnaki civilisation, which had spread to Africa and India. Eventually the Anunnaki overlords leave the poisoned, scarred Earth and a legacy of fear and greed to an unsure and unprepared humanity. This is their and our story - The Greatest Story Never Told.
Anunnaki: The Greatest Story Never Told, Book 1, Gods, Gold and Genes
Series: Anunnaki. Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 145,770. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Four hundred thousand five hundred years ago Homosaurs came to Earth to mine for gold, which they desperately needed to save their planet, Nibiru. This is their and our story - The Greatest Story Never Told.
Nanofuture - The Small Things In Life
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 110,210. Language: Australian English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Adventure » General
Nanotechnology can be a boon to humanity but it can also be our worst nightmare. the new group (new ethical world) seeks to have this exciting new science used for the good of all. others will resort to anything to maintain a regulation free nano industry.