Interview with Christopher Fox

What's the story behind your latest book?
When I originally wrote Lost Loot of Lima, I had no intention of actually writing a book. I kept adding to the story and eventually ended up with 70,000+ words. I then had to formulate an ending and the novel was born. People who read it have been asking for a sequel, which wasn't originally planned. I am unable to divulge much about the new book (I don't even have a name for it yet) because it may be a spoiler for those who haven't read Lost Loot yet. I can say that it does have locales in Central America and starts with people mysteriously dying in Detroit and other North American cities.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I started writing my first book over ten years ago and finished it five years ago, at which time I started my second book. I really didn't want to go through the rejection routine experienced by tradition publishing, so didn't do anything. It was a result of my wife's insistence that I decided to publish and submitted both books to Smashwords.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By making it so much easier for Indie authors to get their work 'out there' to all the major book distributors. I found out later though that the real work comes when you try to promote your book. The notion that you just have to upload your book and people will find it and buy it soon dashes your hopes of being the next Clive Cussler.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I just enjoy writing about things and seeing it in print. One major highlight in an author's life is hold that first printed book in your hand.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! There is no better thrill than to get four- and five-star ratings that signify that people enjoy reading your work. Recognition in any sense boosts ones pride and ego.
Who are your favorite authors?
I must admit that I have enjoyed many of the 'great' authors; Ludlum, Patterson, Iles, Child; but have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of work coming from new authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I retired recently from over fifty years in the engineering consulting industry; over thirty of which was running my own business. Now I engross myself in my writing, whether it be promoting my books or writing them. I am also a travel writer and have just started a blog to write about my travel experiences.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to play golf and spend quality time with my wife. I also like to travel.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through BookBub.
What is your writing process?
When I come up with an idea, I start by writing down all the elements of the story with no connection initially. When I have my ideas on paper, I formulate the outline, or skeleton of the story, as well a potential ending (I have never yet, with three books, had an ending until I was well into the book). Then it is a matter of connecting the various elements and putting the 'meat on the skeleton'.
Published 2016-11-27.
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Books by This Author

Bosnian Affair
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 100,550. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Caution - Contains sexually graphic material. Brad succumbs to the alluring and beautiful Sophia and embarks on an affair. However, things take a nasty turn when he finds that she has been murdered. The book provides details of their torrid affair. Brad's efforts to hunt down her killer takes him to Sarajevo and Buenos Aires where he must rely on his sniper skills to eradicate him.
Angela's Seduction
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,210. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Romance, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
Angela, a 42-year-old, still very attractive woman has been married for 20 years to her abusive husband Peter. As unpleasant things unfold in her relationship, Angela decides to sign up on a Website for married people. Angela finds what she has been missing in David, but soon discovers a revelation that shocks her.