Interview with Dennis Kafalas

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in college I wrote a short story called, "A Big Boy's Summer." It was a story of a lonely woman who commits suicide and the effect her death has on two boys. Never published, but it was my first full story attempt.
What is your writing process?
I'm a stop-start writer in that I tend to work with longer story ideas and with more than one at a time. Right now, I have three novel ideas going at the same time, so it's slow going. I'm not one who can write every day. I try, but my day job takes up a lot of my productive time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
When I was in the fourth grade, I read Richard the Lionhearted three times. I was surprised and happy that it captured my imagination -- something I'd never experienced before with print.
How do you approach cover design?
Not very well. That's an area I need help with because I think more about the essence of the story and not what might make it visually appeal to a reader.
What do you read for pleasure?
The New Yorker magazine is my favorite read. It runs the gamut from current events, editorials, news, features, opinion and fiction. In all cases, it's well written and impressive to read form a writer's point of view. Fiction-wise, I like Irish authors like Patrick McCabe and Roddy Doyle -- love the way language/dialogue is used in their work.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, but need to get into the habit of using it more often, When I travel, I use it. At home, I'm old school in that I like to have a real magazine or book.
Describe your desk
I stand and type at a counter top secured to a wall with a laptop and monitor. I have windows over looking the backyard. I also use Dragon Naturally Speaking when I want to really focus on ideas and not the physical typing/writing of a piece.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a working class neighborhood with dozens of friends from big families. Many of them, their quirks and personalities, come to mind when bringing characters together.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the idea of just publishing. I want what I write to "live" somewhere and be available to others. Going the traditional route is time consuming. but I do use it. It's only when I feel there's no real interest, that I return to independently publishing, but it's not disappointing. In fact, I think it's fun and better than the alternative..
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me an on-line platform, some easy editing tools, advice, and has encouraged me -- by allowing me to publish -- to keep writing. No other option/site/publisher can do that for free.
Published 2014-05-21.
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Books by This Author

Whale Pirates
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 30,900. Language: English. Published: June 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Whale poaching and a murder investigation take fifteen year-old Billy Sharp on the investigation of a lifetime. "A sensitive tale rich with perseverance, hope, caring, and ultimately truth." -- L. Bedard, Ph.D. "Kafalas builds strong characters around a plot that will draw in young adult readers." -- M. Glover, Librarian.