Interview with Daniel Jenkins

What's the story behind your latest book?
I began writing The Difference during the last H1N1 swine flu scare about three years ago. Being an avid news junkie I was tired of all the "experts" reporting on this supposed pandemic that never happened. During all this I decided to turn off the television and write a short story on how the government manipulates the media and how easily we can be drawn into it. My short story soon had a life of it's own and developed into the novel I have out today. My internet research on conspiracies led me to many interesting opinions from the Illuminati to the Vatican and everything in between. So I opened my main character to the possibilities of these conspiracies and rolled it into an advernture story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am my own worst critic when it comes to my writing. When I first began The Difference I rewrote the Entre' about three or four times. After finishing the first chapter I realized I might be onto something. I let my harsh criticism of myself go and concentrated on the story. As it progressed everything became easier. In the beginning it would take me weeks to complete a chapter. I would often find myself taking month long breaks from the book as my doubts of actually finishing it and having it published hung in the back of my mind. It wasn't until I began having people read a chapter here and a chapter there that I began to get positive feedback and that was enough to strengthen my resolve to finish the novel. If I sell only one copy that would be enough for me. I remember I used to sit in our public library and dream of one day having a book on the shelf. I'm not in it for the fame, I simply want people to enjoy my stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The team at Smashwords have been very helpful in the fulfillment of my dream. I would like to thank Mr. Coker for developing the site and allowing indie authors a venue to present their work. Smashwords removed the fear I had in the thought of dealing with the big internet retailers myself.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I work at a gas station and when I'm there my time belongs to the company. When I am writing however my time belongs to me. It could be described as an escape because as I am developing the story it's like a movie playing in my mind. I become the producer and director of said movie. the characters are mine to develop and the story goes in the direction I want it to. In the novel I developed a character about midway through named Jedidiah.. I had intended Jedidiah to be Tammy's love interest with the two of them eventually settling down on Jed's neat as a pin farm. As I began thinking about my four main characters and I realized that Jed would never quite fit in with the rest of the story and certainly not with the follow up novel I was starting as well. With that being said I decided to write Jed out of the story altogether with him being exposed as a daemon spy for Baal and killed by Toby. To me that's the best thing about writing. The story I am conveying is mine. I do not have people standing over my shoulder telling me to change this or strike that. It's called freedom and to me that is its greatest joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Like I explained previously if just one person buys my book then I have accomplished what I set out to do. Even if said person reviews it and tears the novel to pieces it wouldn't really matter. In my eyes it would simply mean that one person took the time to read it through. In this line of work fans are everything. I hope I can create a few along the way and I have made a promise to myself to try and keep them entertained.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on the follow up book to The Difference titled tentatively After The Difference. I had originally intended The Difference ending with Daniel defeating Baal and returning to the farm to live his remaining days in peace with his wife Dana. Trying to find a way to wrap up the story nice and neatly was virtually impossible and I was certain to leave many unanswered questions for the reader. Instead at the last minute I introduced Baal's son, the Antichrist Beerah. In the second book Daniel learns from Solomon what his next mission was to be, it was to destroy the Antichrist and save the Earth and his wife Dana. Daniel and his companions are now heading to Vatican City for their final showdown and with any hope peace. Will this be the final book in Daniels saga as Him? Only time can tell for the end of this second book has yet to be written.
Who are your favorite authors?
As a young boy I became addicted to Robert Howard and his Conan saga. I read and reread every one of those books until I had gotten my fill. Robert Howard showed to me as a reader that he could stick to one character and keep the stories interesting. I have read some popular authors who seem to crank out a novel a month. I find their stories to all be the same with only the names and locations being changed. I do have a few favorite authors that I have stuck with over the years. James Axler has the writing style I most admire and I often found myself using his writing methods as I penned my own book. Guy's like Robert McCammon, Stephen King and Dan Simmons are a few of my favorites. I recall a few years ago coming across Dan Simmons novel The Terror at my local library. I became entranced by his story and immediately set about reading it a second time after I had finished. To me that's pretty powerful stuff. Although I doubt if I'll ever be as good as these authors it's the dream that keeps me trying. Adventure and action with some horror thrown in are my favorite subjects when it comes to a book that I find entertaining. Once I find an author I like I will follow their word and read everything I can get my hands on.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy horror fiction and Clive Barker is one of my favorite authors. He's into the macabre', the stranger the better. Some of his short stories are so bizarre they just blow me away. I remember reading Carrion Comfort and thinking, how can he come up with this stuff and still be sane?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I am a dirt poor gas station attendant and I am surprised every morning when my 10 year old laptop actually boots up.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far, none. But I am optimistic.
Published 2015-03-07.
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Books by This Author

The Difference
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 142,770. Language: English. Published: February 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
The Difference is a book about nothing and everything. Join Daniel on his quest to save two worlds as he and his companions battle an unwilling wage against evil. Conspiracy, New World Order, Demons, it's all right here. Enjoy the journey.