Interview with EK Dobbins

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do, it was way back in highschool. It was about a dragonknight, his lover and a thief who got wrapped up in the middle of their dispute with a powerful sorceress. It was not my best work, but I get a good kick out of how far I've come since then.
What is your writing process?
Depend on the story I am writing actually. Some I sit down and start writing, others I put together an outline as a suggested guide to follow as I journey through my document. Once the outline is complete I try to stick to it but usually end up going off a little. I put my document down at the end of the day then go back to it a few days later to read it and see if it still flows the way I want. If not, I edit and change the scenes usually switching them around until it flows like I want it to. Ever evolving, I am working to improve my writing even as we speak.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not exactly(laughs).
The first story that I remember reading was a Greek creation myth. It was interesting and launched my already over active imagination into new heights. The fascinating heroes, villains, monsters, gods, and goddesses stick with me in my own writing and I often refer to them when I create the characters of my books.
How do you approach cover design?
I do it myself for right now. I try and take a scene from the book and recreate it in a graphical sense. The cover of The Journey Begins is the first battle scene of the book when the main character is facing a group of thugs. Cynzie Island, the second book's cover is another action scene near the end I'm afraid where the dancer enters the room and performs for her husband. The Temple of Light, the third book, cover depicts the moment the rescued twin hears her sister's voice. The toughest thing about approaching cover design is to choose which scene I want and if I have the abilities to produce it.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five, eh? Ok.
1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien(The original book). I like it because it took me away and made me revision other races much differently than my mind at the time could see. Elves became the size of humans, dwarves were something other than the creatures in a Disney movie. It also taught me that I can create a different race of creatures as in the case of the Hobbits.
2. The Encyclopedia Set. Yes, I read at least two sets of encyclopedias when I was younger. My grandmother's version and the one mom picked up before it all became digital. In both cases it gave me a way to see the world without leaving the living room. I read about wonders and mysteries that no one in my family knew about. It gave me a world learning experience at the time.
3. A set of books called Mysteries of the Unknown. From Ghosts to UFOs, this set of books touched on just about anything bazaar to include Souls, Psychics, Mystics and Immortality. Actually good material for anyone who wants to write something within the scope of fantasy, mystery, horror, or even paranormal.
4. Enchanted World book-set. This took me on a journey of the imagination with wizards, sorceress, witches, and dragons. I love this set because it gives me a bases for many if not all my books. I go to them when I need to verify something that I thought about and either use or change my pattern pending on what I read.
5. Classical Mythology. Yes and we are back to my favorite book. As I eluded to before, this is the book I read as a child. I loved the way it set my imagination on fire and in some cases, causes me to think of What if? Many of the characters in this book are reflected in my own writing so Classical Mythology has had a huge impact upon my author makeup. Combining them with the elements of the books above and I have quite a story to tell.
What do you read for pleasure?
Believe it or not, I read comic books as a main source of pleasure reading. I also pick up an old fantasy novel from the used book store every now and then to see what was best sellers in the past, a combination of research and pleasure I suppose.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I really do not have a particular one. A relative of mine gave me a Kindle a long time ago to try and augment me form collecting more books. I've read books on it, Sony's machine and the ole computer. As long as I can see it, I can read it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The most effective tool I have used at my disposal is actually Animecons, Comicons and Gaming conventions. It's face to face and I can tell the story without giving the book away. Many people buy my completed novel (Available on apellezdreams.com) and come back to get the second. I dress up for the convention to gain attention then hark it like a used car salesman. It works for me.
Describe your desk
Partly messy with a chance of toppling papers. High light is when I clean it up to get to work. Filled with different projects I have going on at one time. Sometimes I have a snack and water. Best thing is, I do see the wood of the desk under the projects.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the MidWest of America. I would say the most influential thing that I received from the area is the will of doing the opposite. I did not fit in to any mold or model that the teachers or even society in this area thought I should. Many of my protagonists do not fit in to a mold or model either and are a surprise to their antagonists or even create their-own antagonists along the way. In my world, violence was just around the corner and I had a strong female upbringing with little if any male influence thus my protagonists are almost always strong female with a root similar to my own. My male characters are based largely on my positive male role models in life and my little brother. They are supportive, wise, and observant. At times a little goofy from my sibling's influence but I think both the males and females benefit from that.
Published 2017-05-17.
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Books by This Author

Temple of Light Part 3 of Book 1, Voyage to the Temple of Light, in The Sorceress of Selvast Forest Series
Series: The Sorceress of Selvast Forest, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,950. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
After a tremendous undertaking of sailing to the Temple of Light, Milea and her friends finally arrive at their destination. The devastation on the outside paled what awaited them inside. Skeletons line the floor at the feet of the Statue of Ilandere, Eltis of Song. Milea hopes they are not too late to save her twin. This is Part 3 of Book 1 in the Sorceress of Selvast Forest Series
Cyenzie Island Part 2 of book 1, Voyage to the Temple of Light, in the The Sorceress of Selvast Forest
Series: The Sorceress of Selvast Forest, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,730. Language: English. Published: January 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
After surviving an unusual storm, Milea and her companions are now stranded upon Cyenzie Island. The enchanted ship, Lady of the Night, can be repaired. Unfortunately, the repairs will take at least overnight. In the blink of an eye, they are surrounded by the island inhabitants and taken to see the King.
The Journey Begins Part 1 of Book 1, Voyage to the Temple of Light, in The Sorceress of Selvast Forest Series
Series: The Sorceress of Selvast Forest, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,280. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
The Journey Begins is the first part of Voyage to the Temple of Light.