Interview with Genie Bowdoin

How do you approach cover design?
I try to select something relevant to the city the book is set in or something that represents what it is related to.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have a single favorite book. I have favorite authors; James Patterson, JK Rowling, Karen Slaughter, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King. To name a few.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure I read whatever is new by my favorite authors. Although I have read Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse series more than anything I've ever read besides the Harry Potter series.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Strangely, (maybe) I like actual paper books. I have a Kindle and also the Kindle app on my phone but I never use it.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have only used Kindle Direct Publishing and word of mouth so far.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk but it would be cluttered with pens, notebooks, and books I'm reading if I did.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town in middle Georgia. I don't think it influenced my writing though. My mother was my biggest influence. She always encouraged me to do what I love.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in my early teens. I remember very distinctly starting a story with my friends and we would take turns adding to it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I love law enforcement/ forensics. I wish that I had realized that when I was much younger because I would've become a police officer. I work in Loss Prevention and get to see very creative ways that people commit crimes. That's definitely a contributing factor.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I discovered and started writing Fan Fiction a few years ago. It astonished me when people started suggesting that I write a real book. I had one that I had been working on for probably 15 years but never thought it was good enough to do anything with. I recruited a few friends to take a look at it and help me work out the kinks.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I just signed up for it so I can't give an answer to this yet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing helps be decompress. It, for me, is the best stress reliever in the world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. From someone that could never fathom having fans it is mind blowing to have people tell me they like my writing.
What are you working on next?
I have two things that I'm working on. One is a love story of sorts I guess. The other is loosely based on my life and my mother's.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Patterson, Karen Slaughter, JK Rowling, Charlaine Harris, David Baldacci, Greg Iles, Stephen King to name a few
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love my job
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, watching TV, playing with my dog, researching
What is your writing process?
I outline the storyline, name my characters, pick a city. I know a few writers that use Word to do this but I'm all about the pen/pencil and paper. I've got tons of notebooks with ideas.
Published 2017-04-21.
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