Interview with Pen of Tales Publications

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I actually grew up in Hawaii. I was very lucky to have such an experience with family, nature and friends. I am greatly influenced by island life and still see the world through those eyes, expectant of doing the right thing, for the right reasons and if I have written a story well, perhaps it resonates in the what's being told.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about an FBI Agent named Amare Dumisuni. It actually started in a different direction and ended up with the story of Agent Dumisuni searching for a missing girl, but uncovering a human trafficking ring. The actual story is about much more... how several people at the collapse of the Soviet Union are greatly affected by change and the obstacles they must overcome and the choices made impact others, even later, in the U.S.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The different channels and having it available on several websites. Much easier than trying to submit and work with multiple content providers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I found the traditional process to be convoluted and way behind the times. I, like everyone else got a few rejection letters, others advised they wouldn't even consider it without coming from an agent and I discovered the world of self publishing and decided to explore. As I wrote more, I found it easier to publish.
When did you first start writing?
Actually, when I was a child, around seven or eight. It was just a short story about a superhero, though I don't remember much about it, but for dinner, he had to cook a pig on an open flame, or spitfire rotisserie and my parents like my creativity, but my father's only critique was how I knew a pig would be cooked in an Imu Pit. That's still funny to me, because somehow I forgot that tiny detail and it taught me the devil is in the details.

In 6th, or 7th grade, I actually started writing short stories about myself as the prince and one of the girls in my class as the princess. They were in a humorous style, kind of like the narrative style of "Rocky & Bullwinkle". Nothing special, but everyone that read it, including Sheri, seemed to enjoy it. Later it was just verbal stories that would make people laugh.
What do your fans mean to you?
Appreciation for my efforts and validating my attempt at telling a story was worth it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The ability to turn a few sentences into an idea and as the paragraphs flow, a story starts to develop and when it makes sense enough to entertain... that's the best part.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to just single out ones efforts. Next question.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The hopes of seeing progress and the thought of creating something others might enjoy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm always thinking about it. No, not all the time, anyways. In the experience of life, conversation and being in the world.
What are you working on next?
The follow up to "Plight" and my other novel "Black Monday". I also am working on a few other ideas and we'll see how far they go.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Events, experience, crazy ideas.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
See my previous answer about being 7 or 8 years old.
What is your writing process?
Sometimes it's just expanding on an idea, while sometimes I'm lucky enough to have the story play out in my head while I'm writing it. Notes are a big part of my process and It's always evolving.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish,, Blue Fish... I felt like I should always be entertained and captivated with the use of words and language. Later it was reinforced by Shakespeare and the beauty of an expressive language.
How do you approach cover design?
What ever feels right to express the story it's trying to convey and that is a very difficult process.
Published 2015-07-15.
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Books by This Author

When a Frog is a Frog and a Toad is a Toad
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ever wonder how a frog is different from a toad? You could always ask a frog yourself... that is if you speak "frog", unless it's a toad. Charlie uses his magic stone to speak frog & maybe even listen in toad. A cute picture book all about frogs & toads your kids will love. Filled pictures, drawings & examples of facts and fun.
"Hope" A Philosophical Vision In Short Form
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 740. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2012. Categories: Essay » Literature, Essay » Sociology
Hope is a powerful presence of inspiration, giving initiative or drive to do great things, despite the lack of something we can see or hold. Is hope a spiritual or philosophical thing? All that matters is we find it in our time of need... the belief a cause or service can make a difference not only in our lives, but in others as well.
Tim and Humu (The Fish Who Taught Tim To Swim)
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 1,450. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
Tim is a shy little boy who learns to swim and surf from Humu the Royal Fish.
The Adventures of Antlers, Dragon and Rodent
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 2,140. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
The Adventures of Antlers, Dragon and Rodent is a story about three friends who each have chores to do, but learn through teamwork that they might accomplish their goals together.
Gehru, the White Shark
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,510. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Friendship
A story about bullying that takes place under the sea. Can a great white shark and a killer whale be friends, even though they look very different? Gehru (ghay-roo) is the bully of his school until he meets Jorka (York-ah) the Orca. That's when Gehru learns not everything you hear about others is always true and it can be more fun to get to know someone, than judge others unfairly.