Interview with David Jensen

What inspires authors to write, and what do they achieve through writing?
Writers have stories that they need to write, similiar to a baker's desire to bake. It's also the satisfaction which comes when the story is finished, and the writer is happy with what he created out of his imagination. Sometimes the hardest part is creating a cover for the story! But in addition to our own satisfaction after creation, we also yearn for acceptance and praise from our readers, for that is the best payment one can recieve, good reviews.
Where was the picture taken with me and the Cat on my lap?
The island of Madeira, which lies off the west coast of Africa but belongs to Portugal. Lovely place for vacation!
How do you approach cover design?
Now that is a catch - 22 question! It was difficult at first, then I got creative and now do my own photos, (Murder at the Job). With Project Sabertooth, (we all know it is spelled incorrectly, but it looks so cool that way!), I discovered a colleague that was happy to do a Sabretooth Tiger for me. Lately I usually find good covers on Pixabay which fit into the theme of the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Stephen King, and lots of other big-time writers, and as of late, I have burned through a couple of new King books while being laid up sick.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle. On the laptop, I have Adobe Digital Editions, but nothing compares to the feel of a paperback in the hand!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords. What else does one need?
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the small township of Byron Center, a suburb of Grand Rapids in the state of Michigan. USA. The influence on my writing comes out in a few of my short stories, such as in "Withering away at the Homestead" and a part of Project Sabertooth.
When did you first start writing?
In 2014 with The Dark.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had started again with the second part of the Sabertooth Project, but due to the fact that I have to date only recieved one review, regardless what I write, I am seriously thinking of shelving it for the time being. It is apparent that people who only read and not write can never understand the complexities of keeping the characters and storyline straight till the story comes to an end. Still, I will be putting out short stories, and a few short stories containing highly explicit sexual adventures!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
At smashwords we thankfully have a platform for our books and short stories. Looking into various publishing firms, I almost died of shock. You go broke paying for the publishing, and even if it would be a Bestseller, you only recieve peanuts in return. We indie authors write because it is a drive in us. If I had a 36 hour day, I could write for 20. It is also for me, as an older man, a way to retain and also improve my mother language English. During the day I speak only German. As an Indie writer, I'm in my element and can utilize my IQ, hopefully not making too many grammatical mistakes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As to this posting, I sold only five books, and one was to an aquaintance on the Internet who probably felt sorry for me. Since then, most of my books are free to read, and with over 2500 downloads so far, only one person has taken the time to post a review. So my success is limited to the fact that at least somebody is reading what I write, but only if it is for free.
What are you working on next?
Off and on, I was working on the second part of the Project Sabertooth saga, but my decision to finish it or not depends on reviews of Sabertooth Project. In the meantime, I'll put out short stories with eclectic themes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look through the different fictions on Smashwords.
Describe your desk
Most times it is messy! But there is order in disorder.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That people read what I write. Even if only a few people read my stories, I'm happy, for I write as a hobby, although after over 2500 downloads I've still only gotten one review.
What do your fans mean to you?
Till yet I haven't any.
Who are your favorite authors?
Grisholm, Ludlum, King.
What is your writing process?
Some days it simply flows from my fingertips, but when I realize on other days that I'm struggling with the story, I quit. It's a hobby and by forcing it, I'm not enjoying it. Ergo, work and not a fun hobby.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I own a house, so the question is self-explanatory!
What book is coming next?
The next full length book is a sequel to Project Sabertooth and it takes place on the Portuguese island Madeira. Maybe in during the winter 17/18. Till then, short stories for the lunchtime breaks.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Stephen King's Tommyknockers and the Mercedes Killer Trilogy. The fifth would be the complete collection of The Stand, also from SK. But that is more than five, sorry!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably all the comic books as a child, and then thousands of other books after that! I find that comic books are a good start for children if it animates them to read! And comics did that for me, much to the disdain of my father!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
More than likely that I wrote some while attending High School, but have no memory of it! The first book that I wrote was The Dark, which was typed in a sort of trance. The story simply seemed to be in me and flowed through my fingertips to the keyboard. In re-reading some of the chapters, I contemplated rewriting it to calm it down somewhat, due to the very explicit language in it. But, if the world was taken over by extra-terrestials, people would be swearing and retreating socialogically back to the stone age anyways so I left it as it is.
Published 2017-09-18.
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Books by This Author

Still Simply Poetic
Price: Free! Words: 2,290. Language: American English. Published: February 24, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Essays
The third book of short poems dealing with daily life. As I go through the daily humdrum of life, I observe things and start to rhyme words together. Sometimes a poem will simply flow out of me and other times I have to find words that rhyme and fit the theme of the poem. But it brings enjoyment to me and hopefully to you my faithful readers.
They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Price: Free! Words: 4,390. Language: American English. Published: October 25, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Health, wellbeing, & medicine » Aging well, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Contemporary philosophy
How is it when our bodies suddenly slip a gear, and we become old overnight, and what is in store for us as we continue to age? A comical look at how we suddenly age overnight and the journey that awaits
The Experiment
Price: Free! Words: 2,330. Language: American English. Published: May 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Are we simply animals to be experimented on to test our intelligence for scientific purposes? If so, why, and who is conducting the experiments? A flash Science Fiction for the lunch break.
Eileen
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,460. Language: American English. Published: April 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Eileen discovers the true love of her life after dumping her auto-fanatic boyfriend, and it was none other than her life long good platonic friend who just happens to be homosexual. With talking and wine, they come together, admitting their love for each other.
Contract Sex is Murder
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,190. Language: American English. Published: April 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Couples Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Maria, divorced due to her nymphomania, finds a new boyfriend with the same taste. But the boyfriend is hired for contract sex from Maria’s ex-man, needing evidence of her lifestyle to escape paying support for her. All their plans backfire, and no one comes out a winner.
Alice's Sexual Winter Wonderland
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,140. Language: American English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Alice discovers her body and her nymphomaniac desires, also for her sister, and then finds the love of her life, only to have it taken away again.
The Canoe
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,720. Language: American English. Published: April 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Men's Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Women's Erotica
Mike is assigned to paddling his canoe at the lake, to hopefully catch the poachers. After catching the librarian and her student by sex, he decides to enhance his job by having sex with her.
The 15 Minute Guide to Parenting
Price: Free! Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Teaching
Why do people complain that parenting is so hard when it isn't! This is a simple compilation to assist new parents or those contemplating it.
Peter's Fire Water
Price: Free! Words: 6,530. Language: American English. Published: March 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
After Daniels photography business goes bust, his grandfather wishes to tell him something important, so he pays him a visit at the retirement home. The story his grandfather narrated sounds crazy, but will Daniel follow up on it to prove its falsity?
Withering Away at the Homestead
Price: Free! Words: 14,680. Language: American English. Published: March 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Abuse / general
How do you keep yourself occupied when even in old age, you’re spry and healthy? Adrian finds out the hard way when the family decides to move, without him! Now living in a retirement home, he finds ways to busy himself, and discovers that his help is not wanted.
The Black Van
Price: Free! Words: 4,720. Language: American English. Published: March 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Sarah’s childhood is plagued with family tragedies, so when the love of her life appears, she radically changes her life. Years later, she realizes that for some people life is not all roses. Envious of her one and only friend, she daydreams, which results in her making the worst mistake in her life.
We Are Not Vampires
Price: Free! Words: 2,860. Language: English. Published: January 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(5.00 from 1 review)
What if our illusion of Vampires is false and they’re simply castaways from somewhere else? A short story made for during the morning break.
Trapped Inside Myself
Price: Free! Words: 5,130. Language: American English. Published: January 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Horror » General
After Sam’s accident, he is trapped inside his own body which now lies absolutely still in its comatose state. Can he make the others understand that he is awake within his shell of a body?
One Last Time
Price: Free! Words: 4,530. Language: American English. Published: January 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Johnny and Phil return from Iraq, and while Johnny opens a bar, Phil works in construction until it closes. Long term unemployment forces Phil to earn money a different way, utilizing the skills the military taught him.
Nicotine Slavery
Price: Free! Words: 9,190. Language: American English. Published: January 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
What happens when the manager pushes Gerald just a little too far about his smoking habits? The manager finds out quickly that there is more than one way to get revenge.
The Waiting Room
Price: Free! Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » General
Have you ever sat in the waiting room by the Doctor and simply observed all the others? This is a short insiders view of waiting rooms here in Germany.
My Neurotic Neighborhood
Price: Free! Words: 6,410. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » European philosophy, Nonfiction » Psychology » Adolescent psychology
Living here in Europe is great, but if one doesn't adapt to the culture, it can be sometimes very shocking. So here is a short look into the culture of my neighborhood here in Germany.
Gallant I Stand with My Shaking Hands
Price: Free! Words: 7,190. Language: American English. Published: November 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
An Autobiography about the affliction called Essential Tremor. With all the good and also the bad experiences throughout life.
Simply Poetic Again - Book Two
Price: Free! Words: 1,780. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » General reference » Trivia
Another nine poems about life in general, Austria and of course other eclectic themes.
Simply Poetic
Price: Free! Words: 2,290. Language: American English. Published: September 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A small collection of my poems which I have written from time to time about Essential Tremor, pets, animals and such.
Project Sabertooth
Price: Free! Words: 32,630. Language: American English. Published: July 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Marcus retires from the US Army, to reside in Germany. But his health turns worse, with a cancer death sentence of one year to live. An incident at the local train station brings problems with the police and the court system, so he decides to utilize his abilities and the remaining time to rid Germany of a few Islamic State Terrorist posing as Refugees.
The Haunting of Glen Burnie
Price: Free! Words: 1,840. Language: American English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Short stories
A short story for the lunch time break about how when too much religion can turn a person the other way. And others that take advantage of the situation for their own benefit.
Murder At The Job!
Price: Free! Words: 2,720. Language: American English. Published: March 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Aggression breeds Aggression. So when Samuel simply doesn't fit in at the company, the bullying starts. But Samuel has a form of revenge that nobody could even begin to imagine. Till one day, it simply goes just a little too far.
Tommy the Fearless Tomcat
Price: Free! Words: 6,850. Language: American English. Published: February 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Cats
A short story made for Parents to read to their Blind (due to the fact I forgot to add pictures!) Preschool Children about a Tomcat growing up, naturally from the Cats perspective!
Surreal in Baghdad
Price: Free! Words: 7,430. Language: American English. Published: February 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Steve's assignment to Iraq, instead of the Flight Academy, is boredom-ville. That is until his Radar Technician turns him on to a totally strange hobby to replace the day to day humdrum of being stuck in the dust bowl capital of Iraq. A new hobby that will forever change his life. Not to mention the consequences of the lives of others.
The Divinely Chosen
Price: Free! Words: 4,760. Language: American English. Published: February 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A short story for the Lunch time break about a boy coming to terms with his newly discovered abilities and his religiously fanatical father.
The Dark
Price: Free! Words: 65,910. Language: English. Published: January 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Horror » Crime
A Sci-Fi thriller mirroring the effects on mankind should Extraterrestials one day arrive.