Interview with EJ Valson

Is there a Nostalgia Effect Q & A group?
Yes, there is. Please go to and join in!
How do you approach cover design?
Honestly, the cover that I came up with surprised me. Initially, I was going to have an image of a road that split into a fork at the end, representing two different paths. However, when I started designing it, a collage of images from my actual life took form and I thought it made sense to have images represent what Jennifer remembers from her other life.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Hmmm. Well first The Host. The Divergent Series, Where The Heart Is. Guilty pleasure was the Sookie Stackhouse Series. And now I am reading The Mother's by Michelle Read and I am loving her book!
What do you read for pleasure?
I really like post apocalyptic fiction. I like the "what if" stories, hence why I might have written my own, though it doesn't have a lot of grit. I also like stories that give a bit if a twist to reality, those are the ones that stand out to me the most.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle and only because it is the app that I have on my phone and tablet. Otherwise, I am really not specific about one (I don't even have a Kindle)
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It's hard to say and I am still trying to figure that out. Word out mouth and social media was a big part in my sales. Twitter is fun, but it didn't really generate anything for me. has served me well, as well as Facebook. I went with a couple of companies that you pay to push your book if you are an Indie Author, but they didn't really provide the return I was hoping for. Unless you have a HUGE Marketing budget, an agent or publisher, this can be brutal!
Describe your desk
Ummmm -- well it varies. My preferred place to write is in my bedroom at our tiny little cabinet desk that holds the computer and a few other's nothing special. Occasionally I use my laptop, but I don't seem to write as well as when I am in my bedroom.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I group up in a VERY small town in Northern California until I was 13, and then moved to the Pacific Northwest where I have lived for the last 19 years. This is where I am supposed to be, this is what feels like home. The PW plays a big role in The Nostalgia Effect, though I don't state the name of the town. It also has a small part in my next novel.
When did you first start writing?
Since I was little I always loved the art of story telling. I would dabble with short stories and loved to write songs, as I was very musical (well, I loved to sing, didn't mean I was good at it). When I was in high school, I tried to write a few books, gave up and moved on. But last year, something just hit me. I sat down with a thought and it took off and I haven't felt the desire to stop writing since.
What is the story behind The Nostalgia Effect
It's about a woman who wakes up one day eight years in what she believes is the past. She finds herself still married to her ex-husband and raising their young daughter together. However, she is certain that she left another life behind with a different husband, their child together and her first daughter who would be in her teens. She struggles to make sense of how this happened -- is she losing her mind, does she have amnesia, is time travel possible, or was the other life simply a vivid dream? The story touches on destiny, fate, how everything is connected, and there is a large emphasis on appreciating what you have, cause one day you may wake up, and it could all be gone.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Life and circumstances!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well so far, it has provided a versatile and efficient venue in which to get exposure, sell my book and promote it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching the story come to life on it's own.
What do your fans mean to you?
EVERYTHING! Without a reader, what good is a book?
What are you working on next?
I am working on a fiction piece about a twenty-something aspiring photographer, who finds herself traveling around Europe with her musician boyfriend, hitting a few bumps in the road and taking an adventure!
Published 2014-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Occult Suspense for Mothers Box Set
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 148,620. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014 by Read and Valson. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Two complete novels following mothers who must overcome, and see the beauty in, the everyday. "Suspenseful" and "spell-binding".
The Nostalgia Effect
Price: Free! Words: 93,320. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Jennifer Nielsen awakens one morning to a life that doesn't belong to her. Thrown back eight years into a past she doesn't remember and again married to her ex-husband, she struggles to make sense of the situation that resembles something out of The Twilight Zone. Join her on the quest to find the truth--is she insane, is this a dream, or has she in actually traveled in time?