Interview with Darrell Eylander

What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy mystery novels. I enjoy the Anne Perry Detective Monk series set in the mid-1800's in England. I am a history buff and really enjoy historical novels. Some of my favorite historical series are by Alan Furst and David Downing. They write spy novels set in Europe during WWII. The best historical novel I have read is "The March" by E. L. Doctorow which describes Sherman's March through the South during the Civil War. I read any book on the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, and WWII. But for pure relaxation and pleasure, nothing beats a good Zane Grey or Louis L'mour western.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire. My wife received it as a gift from one of our daughters but she prefers real books and she wasn't using it so I commandeered it. Love it. We went on a cruise and it was such a space saver to load my books on an electronic device.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth and Facebook. A friend of mine put the word out on FB without my knowing it so all my friends and acquaintances are aware. But I really don't have a strategy for national exposure. Just waiting for sales and hopefully some good reviews to help my book sell better.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I would not say where I live has inflluenced my writing per se. However, where I live influenced my book about Bigfoot. I live 30 miles north of Seattle and just half hour from the Cascade Mountains which just happens to be in the heart of Bigfoot country. I remembered a story in the local newspaper when I was about 12 years old that described a group of teenagers who were camping in the mountains an hour from where I live. They claimed they were harrassed by a Bigfoot and driven out of their camping area. I met one of them years later who still maintained that it really happened. That original ariticle peeked my interest in Bigfoots. I am agnostic as to whether they really exist or not, but I find it an interesting topic to think about. Thus my inspiration for this book.
When did you first start writing?
My first writing was about six years ago when I went back to college to finish my psychology degree that I had started thirty years earlier. I earned straight A's on all my research papers so I obviously had talent to write. I then began to wonder if I could make the transition to fiction. The jury is still out on whether I have.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that an unknown writer can self-publish at no or little cost opens the door for anyone to give it a try. So I decided to give it a try.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I really enjoy having an idea or direction to go with my plot and then coming up with creative changes as I write. Most of my plot development unfolds as I am actually writing. I often have ideas come to me during my day and then I daydream ways to develop them. When I hit on a unique idea that makes sense it is very safisfying.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work fulltime. But my spare time is spent with my wife and grandchildren. I also read alot. I read the newspaper everyday and I have several websites I check out for national news. I always have a least one book, often two or three, that I am reading. I love fishing and travel as well.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I can't say I discover ebooks. I learn of an interesting book and I then check to see if it is available as an ebook. If it isn't I will check one out at the library.
What is your writing process?
I think through a plot idea and put it on paper. I expand it as much as I can in general terms. I then develop some character ideas on paper. Once I have a general idea of my story, I begin to write and find that I end up leaving the plot often. Before long I have changed a lot of what my original intentions were. It is exciting to see my story develop and expand and take form. Most of my ideas come to me when I am actually writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book I ever read was "Cinchfoot." I was in the fifth grade. It was a story of a wild mustang. I remember when I finished the book how sad I was that it was over. I loved the horse character and I was intrigued by the story. I guess that is the sure sign of a great book if you feel sad when you finish it. I suppose that is why series are so popular.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for a picture that reflects the essence of the story. In the case of Bigfoot Conclave, I selected a picture that shows a beautiful night scene of the forest sincd most most Bigfoot hunters seem to search for them at night. I could have went with an obvious picture of a Bigfoot, but the forest scene is haunting and you can just imagine a Bigfoot roaming the hills.
Published 2014-06-08.
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