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What is your e-reading device of choice?
As long as people are reading, I am open to all devices and applications.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. Most of the promotional services for independent authors is really ineffective, especially considering it comes at a cost.
Describe your desk
It's upstairs. I don't go in that room much. I write at my dining room table or the breakfast bar in my kitchen.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Eastern Kentucky. The closest bookstore was in the next town. The place has its own mythos. It makes the imagination flourish.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poems and stories not long after I started learning to read. If I did not know how to spell a word, I would just draw it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I had an idea for twin brothers. I used to dispatch for a trucking company and the drivers would go dark for hours at a time. Made me wonder.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being rejected by traditional publishers and retaining the desire to have my books read.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It gives a broad scope of methods to distribute.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's just part of who I am. It keeps me sane.
What do your fans mean to you?
There is nothing me flattering than someone loving your work. I consider my readers to be my friends.
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