Interview with Earl Mathis

What are you working on next?
I have recently self-published a collection of eight stories under the hardcover printed 'Table Fables'. One of the stories, "Bukosi - King of the Ants" was released as an ebook available on Smashwords as well as other sites. The 8-story collection is now available at my author Website www.earl mathis.com or www.thetablefables.com as well as Amazon.com. Reviews have been fantastic and I'm excited to see feedback from new readers.

I'm working on some new fables which will be added to the series in the next year or so.
Who are your favorite authors?
Some of my favorite authors are George Orwell, Langston Huges, and Jasmine Kumallah.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My mind begins racing with ideas and things to do around 4:00 am, and with two small children, my inspiration is complete.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I run a Web retail and consulting business. When not doing that, I'm totally immersed with my children's activities.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
From many sources.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I believe the first creative thing I ever wrote was a poem at the age of eight or nine. My test audience, brother, and sister, were not too kind.
What is your writing process?
My creative flow starts with storytelling. Stories come to me when I start talking (not knowing where it may go). At the end of the story, I quickly grab my laptop to write it down. When I write memoirs, of course, I can sit at my laptop and write non-stop.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I read, yet there were so many stories I heard, given I grew up in a community of storytellers in my home and the culture of the people all around me.
How do you approach cover design?
I think on it for some time and look for some inspiration. The cover art for "Table Fables" came from a night vision or dream.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books are more in the non-fiction genre that includes many texts of ancient world history especially ancient Egypt, United States history, and cultures. I should have been an anthropologist.
What do you read for pleasure?
Narratives of ancient and recent history, and cultures all around the world.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well, I'm new at this, so I hope to be able to answer that question in the next year or so.
Describe your desk
The kitchen or dining room table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southeastern North Carolina, USA, in a community where tobacco farming was the chief industry. My life on the farm with the rural culture of the 1960's had a tremendous impact on my writings.
When did you first start writing?
Around the age of 8, I created one or two poems but did not spend any serious time writing until much later in life around forty. There were a number of times throughout my life that I sensed writing was a gift through encouragement from college professors, and co-workers in a corporate landscape. At forty, it became memoirs base on my upbringing. Not until my children arrived, did I publish.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My book "Table Fables" is a collection of stories told to my young daughters around the kitchen table. They were intended to share my love of storytelling, give them glimpses of my life as a kid on the farm, entertain and inspire them, and share life lessons and morals.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always had this hidden desire to become an author. The indie approach felt as a natural fit to my personality and skill set.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped get more exposure to my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing it all come together and reading the final work and feeling that it was a story that I was pleased to be chosen to bring it forward.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love that my fans can connect with what I've written and that they see their story in my story.
Published 2017-10-02.
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Books by This Author

Table Fables: Bukosi - King of the Ants
Price: Free! Words: 3,730. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fairy tales
(4.00)
Bukosi, the smallest of the ants, is convinced that he will become King of the Ants. One day, he sets out on a journey to prove his worth to accomplish something no other ant has ever done. To meet the challenges of his adventure, he has to rely on faith, wisdom, generosity, courage, friendship, and a persistent belief in himself to dare to achieve his dream.