Interview with Dennis E. Smirl

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are the people who keep a writer honest. If you are honest with your fans, and write a book they can enjoy, they will buy your next book. If you aren't honest, if you don't try your hardest, they will move on. In that way, they are far more honest and useful than critics.
What are you working on next?
My plan includes another Sandeen mystery, another Science Fiction novel set in the Fellowship of Humanity series, and continuing with the series of novellas I am writing in collaboration with Ian Hall, a very talented author. Perhaps another novel is in the offing, a collaboration with another talented writer, but that is at a very tentative stage.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tough question. In Science Fiction, I think I have to go with Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and Robert A. Heinlein. In Mysteries, Robert Parker, J. A. Jance, Robert Crais, and Michael Connelly.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The desire to write another few pages. The pay-off is that, for a while, I get to live in a universe of my own creation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend as much time as I can in the gym, I help around the house... In the growing seasons, the lawn and shrubs keep me busy and sweaty. I read when I can, and try to hold TV watching to a couple hours a day, and that includes the news.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Shop around on several websites, including this one.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. I was in the 6th grade. It was really awful.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first because I started reading early. Some of them made real impressions on me. There are a half-dozen science fiction stories I read when I was in grade school that I still remember.
How do you approach cover design?
Usually, I beg. Finding an artist is difficult. Finding one who works for a reasonable amount - and has the time - is a lot more difficult. I have five books that demand new covers, and the two artists I work with are swamped with work.
Published 2016-01-08.
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Books by This Author

Blue Ridge Blues: The Sandeen Mysteries, Book Five
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 95,010. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Sandeen's at it again. He and his gal pal, Amanda Carter, tried to live the simple life by moving to the mountains of North Carolina and opening a small gift/espresso shop in a quaint resort village. They avoided their blood-stained past for a while, and then trouble walked into their store.
Duplicate Traces: The Prime Trace Series, Book Three
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 101,700. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Jonathon Endifield was one of those special people who could cross from one alternate universe into another without dying—until he did while returning from a special mission. Now Jate Goldmet and the remaining members of his team want to know how he died and if it could happen to them.
Justified: The Sandeen Mysteries, Book Four
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,610. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When Debbie Redfield went shopping one morning, no one expected her to disappear. When her husband is suspected of her murder, Sandeen is asked to determine her fate. Finding Debbie Redfield proves far more dangerous and challenging than he, or his gal pal Amanda Carter, could imagine.
No Trace of Honor: The Prime Trace Series, Book Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,370. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Jate Goldmet didn't apply for his job—he was dragooned into it. A peaceful man before being forced into the service of The Infinity Compound, he's survived several excursions into alternate universes where people—and sometimes not-people—have tried to kill or capture him.
Traces of Infinity: The Prime Trace Series, Book Five
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,470. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Jate Goldmet thought he was doing the right thing when he and his team of inter-dimensional operatives destroyed a lab built to produce the deadliest virus known to man. When a superior complains about Jate's insolence and insistence in getting his team back to Prime Trace safely, the roof caves in on him.
Psychedelic Trace: The Prime Trace Series, Book Four
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 116,220. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
For decades, the Minoans of Prime Trace thought they knew the geometry of the myriad of alternate realities that surrounded their existence. They believed themselves utterly superior to the inhabitants of all other worlds, masters of technology and arbiters of justice and morality. But when a team of Minoan portal adepts are given the freedom to explore the true depths of reality, they discover a
Son of a Grit - A collection of short stories
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,500. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » General
Is life ever really what we think it is? Son of a Grit shares nine stories with the reader in which reality is not always what it seems. The truth is out there, but do any of us really know it when we see it? Check out the work of this award-winning author and see if his take on reality agrees with yours.
Traces of Earth: The Prime Trace Series, Book One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,990. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Jate Goldmet is a very special person, but doesn't know it. The beneficiary of an extremely rare mutation, he possesses the ability to survive the cross-dimensional journey from one iteration of reality to another.
Buzz Kill: The Sandeen Mysteries, Book Three
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,380. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
When Sandeen agrees to look into the mysterious disappearance of Phillip 'Buzz' Holland, he doesn't expect to confront members of a criminal conspiracy who will do anything to keep their secrets hidden.
Air Force Blues: The Sandeen Mysteries, Book Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,970. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
(5.00 from 1 review)
Master Sergeant Al Templeton disappeared one fine day in 1977. The Air Force listed him as a deserter. Thirty-five years later, Templeton's son talks Sandeen into investigating that disappearance. Doing so uncovers a web of intrigue and a nest of spies.
Waltz of the Harlequins: The MacCollie Series, Book Three
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,140. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(4.00 from 1 review)
Geier Troutman's holiday is interrupted by a colleague's fatal accident. Now, he's tapped as replacement head of a team assigned to make a recently-discovered planet ready for colonists. But did anyone ask permission from the beings who already live there?
Ebony Continental: The Sandeen Mysteries, Book One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 97,450. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
In 1987, Kristina Bonner was the All-American girl—beautiful, smart, athletic and wealthy. On the night of her senior prom, she disappeared. Almost thirty years later, Sandeen decides to look into the matter, and learns that small towns don't want their secrets known.
Breaking the Trust: The MacCollie Series, Book Two
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,380. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(5.00 from 1 review)
Mostly satisfied with running his retirement business as a hunting guide in the high, snowy mountains of Reno Bright—a planet well off the main roads of commerce in the Fellowship of Humanity—Rennie Mikovich isn't looking for a job. But when a mysterious stranger offers him a berth as astrogator on a mission to a distant and unknown star system, Rennie signs on.
Not Without Honor: The MacCollie Series, Book One
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,070. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
(5.00 from 1 review)
MacCollie scout Naomi Bricklin didn't expect to have her unarmed star ship blasted out of space. When she takes the single lifeboat and then survives a crash landing on a planet she'd been sent to survey, the last thing she expects is to encounter inhabitants that look like her and speak her language.