Interview with Edo-chan

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I've been able to pick up a writing instrument. Mostly this would be for myself: creating characters, situations, and worlds, whether it be for stories or games.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My current book series, A (Not So) Healthy Dose of Chaos, involves a down-on-his-luck guy who suddenly becomes a landlord for six female aliens, from as many different planets. A time-traveler suddenly appears to help out our hero, to repay him for what he did in the past. Our hero becomes a "space-time manipulator," learning how to mold the aforementioned space-time for all sorts of effects, and he finds himself in do-or-die conflicts against other manipulators. Some bad, some good.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always wanted to write a book, and by the time I had an idea that I wanted to distribute, the self-publishing option had become a viable option for publishers who want to share their own stories with the world, in the way they want to.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed people to view, download and purchase my work from all over the world. I've had at least one reader from England and one from Brazil.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is being able to bring stories I want to tell to the world. Characters, their struggles, and how they grow within the stories I write gives me a sense of wonderment. As the characters react to their surroundings, I keep asking myself "How are they going to react?" Those are when the stories start to write themselves.
What do your fans mean to you?
The basic answer is: several someones to get my rear-end in gear. There's nothing more motivating to continuing to write a story than a fan who has said "I'm anticipating the next book!"
What are you working on next?
My next project is the third book in the A (Not So) Healthy Dose of Chaos series. In the latest book, memories are brought to the surface, and will lead to a shakeup among the tenants.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't have a favorite author. That doesn't mean I haven't read good books by good authors. I attribute it to how I like my music: I am not a fan of albums, bands or vocal artists. Rather, I am a fan of specific songs (singles were created for people like me).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to get work. If I don't, I don't get paid!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I tend to read, place a game or two on the computer, and then worry about what the next day will bring.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If I look for an eBook to read, it would be by the genre. Fantasy and science-fiction are my mainstays, but if the description catches my eye, I'll pick it up to give the book a chance.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't really remember the first story I wrote. It was definitely either science fiction or fantasy, though. At least, I think so . . .
What is your writing process?
I create characters, personalities and names. For the Chaos series, I have a list of specific events that I want to cover over the entirety of the series. I'll comb through the list of events I want to include in the book, then write them down on index cards. That way, I can reorder them if I need to. Then I actually write the book by hand in a notebook. I feel that I'm able to get more down on paper than I could trying into a word processor. After I go through successive drafts, more content is added, subtracted, and modified as necessary to give it a good length.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first one I read that had an impact on me, but I can safely say that all the works I have read have had an effect on my writing style in one way or another.
How do you approach cover design?
I like simple covers. There is a local artist who I met by chance at a video store, and she draws a character for the cover based on what I describe. Her art website can be found at http://sexy-kat.deviantart.com
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't believe I have favorite books that I could list. I have read many fantastic series over the years that it would be hard to pick out five. The "Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya" series would be good, simply because of the subject matter; I liked the "Lone Wolf" series of gamebooks from years ago.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to read role-playing game books. While it's supposed to be for pleasure, it also sparks my creativity.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My computer. I don't currently have an e-reading device.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've grown up quite a different number of places, as a child of a military family. New people, areas, situations and events are nothing new, and that has definitely shown up in my work where the main character is exposed to something new and completely unexpected, whereupon they usually get in over his or her head.
Published 2014-08-25.
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Books by This Author

A (Not So) Healthy Dose of Chaos: Memory Lane
Series: A (Not So) Healthy Dose of Chaos, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 63,080. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Just when Ken and his tenants think they have caught a break in the action, fate plays odd tricks on them. If a black-and-blue Valentine's Day wasn't enough, and intergalactic pop star crashes at Ken's place, and a young duo come for what's in Silver's mind. And in the midst of everything they think they can handle, a tragic past is revealed . . . And one tenant will leave the household.
A (Not So) Healthy Dose of Chaos: Settling In
Series: A (Not So) Healthy Dose of Chaos, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 59,770. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Kenaeth Goldwrite's tenants are finally settling in. But the chaos isn't about to stop! Ken will need new allies in his battle against Silver's old aquaintances. And Ken finds the answer to the age old question: can dolls swoon?
A (Not So) Healthy Dose of Chaos: A New World
Series: A (Not So) Healthy Dose of Chaos, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 69,630. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
Kenaeth Goldwrite's life got chaotic when he became a landlord for six alien women. It gets even worse when the time traveler shows up, to teach him how to manipulate space-time. Now others are after both of them. Will Kenaeth survive?