Interview with David Batterson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, the very first story I wrote was a novel that was never complete about a small Texas town that was in lock down mode, preparing to battle to the teeth against U.N. troops that had been dropped in, down on U.S. soil to enforce Martial Law as declared by the United Nations and nodded by the so-called U.S. government. I think it would have made an amazing novel, though a computer crash permanently deleted the nearly completed project (now I backup to cloud storage ;).
What is your writing process?
I use what I call a "ramp" structure. In other words, it would look like a ramp that you'd use to jump a skateboard or a bicycle. Imagining that the opening of the book would be gradual, though steadily increasing in momentum and then carrying the reader through an ascending storyline all the way through the book instead of dropping them off at the back cover with a frown on their face.
How do you approach cover design?
I have found that I am the best cover designer in the world. I design my own covers and have taught myself to do so because I know what my book is about and how I want my book represented as far as the cover is concerned.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read history type novels and books that tell the tale of world history or U.S. history. I even read historical books on people like Bonnie and Clyde or Benjamen Franklin. I think history is important. And when you are a writer, you may need to recall factual information from a real world, historical event to include in your fictional tale.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Kindle as well as the Kindle app for my Android phone and for PC.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth has worked amazingly for me. I don't build email lists to aggravate my readers either. I just tweet it, post it on my Facebook author page and on my blog. My dedicated readers are always coming in to find out what's new.
Describe your desk
My desk is actually pretty nice. I have a laptop, a really amazing sounding computer speaker system hooked up, a Harley Davidson coffee cup full of ink pens and pencils and an adjustable LED desk lamp.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lawton Oklahoma, an army town in the southwest part of the state. Where I'm from doesn't have so much an impact on writing, though being creative I believe is a handed down characteristic that I got from my father who was a dirt poor farm kid who started a band in the late 60's and played guitar. He also wrote songs too.

So when I came along, way after the end of the musical career my dad chased around the south coast, he slowly taught me how to play guitar. Then I started writing songs. Sometimes, short stories and so on. And that's how I got here. One of the best selling guitar method authors on Amazon Kindle and an author of other tech books and a few raspy novels.
When did you first start writing?
I would say at about ten years old. I would write short stories in school and then for show and tell I'd get up and read them in front of the class. My teacher at the time would keep them because she said they were so good. I actually didn't care and gave them to her. She told me for years that she would show them to her students each and every year thereafter as an example of how a fifth grader would write a short story. I wish I had a few of those around now. I'd love to see what I wrote back then. I can't remember any of them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest is a series called "Nick Steele is Vic Black, the Occupation Assassin series. Book one is recently released and is a story I developed based on a fictional character who would lose his parents at a young age and end up killing a man when he was just a boy with his fathers Smith and Wesson 44 magnum revolver. This killing landed the lad in juvenile detention in the state of Texas where he developed the passion for mastering the art of shooting and desired to become a marksman. So he did..... And then he became Dallas's top paid assassin.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just love to write. When it comes to writing a novel, I have the rare opportunity to carry the reader through an experience that I design and develop myself. And to get a good review from a reader for something I've written is a wonderful compliment for the time and effort I've dedicated to creating a storyline and completing it to be read and graded, picked apart and judged by the masses of readers who can't wait to ridicule or praise your work.
Published 2015-03-27.
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