Interview with Donnie J Burgess

What is your writing process?
I always know the ending of the story first. Once I have the ending of the story, I create the characters. The characters actions write the rest of it for me.
How do you approach cover design?
I always have an idea of what I want a cover to look like, but my ideas are always shot down by designers as being 'too busy'. In the case of In the Shadow of Angels, I loved the image of 'Jezebel' and bought it, in fact I wrote the entire book based on that one image. Later, I had the designer incorporate other elements into the design.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read and review indie authors. I started doing this only after publishing my own novel and seeing how difficult it was to get reviews.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I alternate between a Kindle and an old Nexus tab. No real reason why.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None have been effective so far. In terms of actual post engagement, facebook advertising has been the most cost effective, but it still hasn't resulted in the sales I would hope for.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've been writing stories all my life. When I read Stephen King's essay “On Being Nineteen (and a Few Other things).”, particularly the line, "The world eventually sends out a mean-ass Patrol Boy to slow your progress and show you who’s boss.” I realized that I needed to get a book in print sooner rather than later. Indie publishing was the most direct route.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I've always maintained that I don't write stories. I see a picture somewhere, an image frozen in time, but that image has a story both before and after it. Like a VCR, I just hit the play button on that story in my head. The best part of writing is getting to be the first to see what the characters do. I often find it more surprising than anyone who later reads the story.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I received the first unsolicited review of my first book, it was like I had won the lottery. Someone read and enjoyed my story enough to take the time to tell me about it. It meant the world to me. I expected to print one book as a gift to my Mom and then call it a career. After that one review, I decided to continue with other stories. Even if only one person reads it, that fan has made me happier than they could ever imagine.
What are you working on next?
I have two projects currently in process. One is Through the Eyes of Mister Bearsley (details of that one can be seen on my website). This one is proving to be much more difficult than I had imagined because it is extremely difficult to write from the perspective of a five-year-old girl. When that has me frustrated, I turn to another (unannounced) project. I don't want to spoil that one just yet, but fans of In the Shadow of Angels should be quite pleased to read it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King is undoubtedly my favorite author. It is odd to say that, considering I have only read three of his works, but he has the ability to draw such vivid, wonderfully flawed characters. Eventually, I'll read more of his work.

Aside from that, my favorite authors are now indie authors. Any indie authors. Those who choose to make a go of it, knowing that they will likely never profit from it. Indie books tend to be much more passionate than mainstream work. If they manage to channel that passion into a readable, cohesive story, you can find some real gems.
Published 2015-06-05.
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