Interview with Eric Thornton

When did you first start writing?
I'd like to think I've always been writing. I sold my first copy of my stories in eighth grade. And I had sold 20 copies of my first story which happened to be a romantic fantasy.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The fact that all my books have never been able to meet the "required" word length. Who ever decided a book had to have that requirement? A story should be able to be published no matter how long it is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've grown up all over the United States. I was a military child. So the influence was the different cultures and mannerisms of those around me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Which one? I'm working on 2 series right now. The first one is about a family of ex military people that have fallen in love with their counterparts that match up to them exactly. The second one is a single father trilogy. The fathers are brothers. So, I've had an affinity for kids, love being around them unless they are spoiled senseless. Then I refuse to identify with something I never experienced.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has provided me access to reaching another audience. It was the first site I went to when i wanted to try publishing ebooks and i've never looked back since.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having a blast with the characters. I love not knowing where it is going next. When the next chapter starts, i'm excited to see where it goes to next.
What do your fans mean to you?
They provide proof that I am a good storyteller after all. That--despite what my mother always said to me--that I can be a good writer and the world can enjoy my books.
Who are your favorite authors?
Allison Brennan, Katie Macalister, Sylvia Day, and Maya Banks
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My partner who loves both me and my writing. The mental call of characters demanding i get my butt in the chair and write their story.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
i always look at Smashwords for the newest ones to see if any interest me or i go to amazon.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm often reading, hanging out with my fiance, working on a new writing concept, or just having a good time talking to friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
it was a war story. a fantasy war story about a princess with a horse and two townspeople that watched an evil wizard try to kill the town.
What are you working on next?
I've actually been working on a concept for a mobster and his girl.
Published 2013-08-25.
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