Interview with Ian King

What do your fans mean to you?
They mean the world to me; what I mean by that statement is this . . .'if someone has taken the time to look at some of my work, and find they love it (or not), then I have made a connection that I may never have made before. This simple act shows me that there are real people out there, who have real interests and stories of their own and yet, they have considered me and mine. Wow! That is so cool!
What are you working on next?
I am nearly finished a teen 'paranormal' story about a young girl (whom I don't reveal her name until the sixth chapter) which has been killed (in the first chapter; so uncouth!) and this is her journey through the earth as a ghost. She learns some hard truths about life as she goes and also also that there are indeed supernatural enemies . . . and they're hell-bent on destroying all - and anyone that they fancy. Look out for "The Girl That Was Buried in Her Ball Gown." I'm sure you'll love it!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That's a funny question but I think I do . . . and it involved a boy and a dog, running away to live in the bush, and learning to survive off the land. Oh, and discovering a very cool cave to live in too. The only way you could get into the cave was to dive into the river and go down, and under a submerged entrance . . . obviously I didn't really think that story through very well, especially when winter was on its way. Brrrrrrr!
Who are your favorite authors?
Bryan Davis, George R.R. Martin, V.C, Andrews, Nearly any NZ Author (that's my Patronage) and a bunch of Australian Authors (Including John Marsden). There are a whole lot more than what I have listed, but I'm not too hard to please when it comes to a good read.
What is your writing process?
I have an idea, either via a dream or a thought, or something I hear (or experience) and I may only have a few short lines, with perhaps no end in sight as yet; but that is enough and I can write like crazy. I may even write patches here and there and enjoy the journey of linking it all up. It may not be the process that works for most people but it works for me.
I also grab glimpse of my own life along the way and build upon them, causing a link and snowball effect by the time I reach the final chapters.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have a choice, I have a very busy household to organise with too many kids!
But if I did have a more sedate life I think that learning something new, tapping into Gods resources and telling someone else (whether it be verbal, or written words) about something awesome, would do it for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
I often read fiction for pleasure . . . my tastes are varied, from fantasy to historic and also teens to tots! I love to read stories to my kids and I'm sure they love it too.
Describe your desk
Must I? Alright, no peeking from the webcams ok! It's . . . ahhhh, unique; lol! Kind of 'disorderly' but in an orderly sort of way, if that is even possible!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, this is in its experimentation right now, but I have been doing podcasts here and there and I'm looking to create some of my work into podi-books and putting them out there onto the great WWW!
Giveaways for periods of times work well, and also asking people if they'd like a free book, so long as they submit a review on it. Reviews are GOLD!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a farm boy from the outskirts of a lil' town in Northland, New Zealand (called Dargaville . . . the local vernacular is 'Dragsville' . . . 'cause no one is in any hurry!)
Farm life definitely holds some influence on my writing as I have had many great adventures, wide and varied (in rural N.Z. mostly, I'm not much of a city slicker) and writing about personal experiences are the best anyone can write!
We have some great beaches around Northland too. I love the beach!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Got to be my Android, but my Sony E-Reader is pretty good too.
Published 2016-06-30.
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Books by This Author

The Girl Who Was Buried in Her Ball Gown
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 46,230. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: July 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
On the evening of the junior high school ball, a young girl experiences her first kiss. During the amazing and yet awkward moment, something goes horribly wrong and her life is turned upside down. She soon realises that her existence has been severed from the usual humdrum of a teenage girl, and she's been hurled into the world of the supernatural.
Graveyard Hill
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal
Heart-beats rise and minds rage as strange noises are heard from out side the canvas-fort of the two young cousins within. What is wandering around, sniffing their sanctuary and threatening their safety? And will they come out of this alive? Bonus Short Story included: Any Bloody Idiot
Origins Halloween
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,860. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » General
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This story includes a complimentary 'Dramatic AudioBook.' Origins Halloween. Divulge into the sinister past of the 'All-hallows-eve' celebrations, if you dare. Follow a small mountain-dwelling family into the nightmare they never knew was upon them; until it was too late. Will they survive, or will they pass away into history like so many others before them?
Under The Ocean (Original)
You set the price! Words: 22,900. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Three siblings that are spending a night in their parents caravan, find themselves caught up in a sub-sea mission with unexpected twists and turns, after a storm hurls them from the cliffs of Stingray Bay. The three are struggling against the clock in a dangerous journey that will take your breath away!
Meditate Day and Night
You set the price! Words: 10,430. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Meditations / General
There are two kingdoms; the Kingdom of LIFE, and the Kingdom of DEATH. The Kingdom of Light, and the Kingdom of Darkness: Positive, negative; blessings and curses and Gods word is the most powerful weapon we have to wage our warfare of our daily living.
Under The Ocean
You set the price! Words: 26,150. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
After three siblings are blown off the cliffs of Stingray bay, they find themselves caught up in a treacherous sub-sea mission. An endless abyss wishes to crush them; and giant sea monsters desire to sink teeth into them. A daring rescue plan is hatched and it is up to the children to make the tough decisions, to risk everything for a stranger they neither know, nor trust. Is he an enemy, or foe?