Interview with Paul Zunckel

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was Blood Moon Over Africa, the plot has been in my imagination for years until my wife convinced me to sit down and write it. I did thinking that it would be two page short story for a magazine.
What is your writing process?
I just let my imagination flow, when I sit down, it is almost like turning on a tap and the ideas just come.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, Edgar Rice Burroughs "Tarzan of the Apes"
I ended up collecting the whole series, and use to read by torch light.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to capture the mood of the story in the cover.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that captures my attention. I enjoy a book that is hard to put down, and you just have to know what happens next.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Edgar Rice Burroughs "Tarzan The Ape man" It took me to another place.
Stephen King "Cujo". I use to breed St Bernard s, so it was close to home.
Dean Koontz "Whispers". I enjoyed the pace of the novel.
Wilbur Smith "River God". The way the author was able to transport you back in time and grab you with the characters.
David Morrell " The Brotherhood Trilogy" Fast pace and exciting, books to keep and read again

What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
At the moment I am using the e-book format and using Face Book and Twitter to try and promote my work.
Describe your desk
Untidy, empty coffee cup, notes all over the show, dog under my feet.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Zimbabwe, but grew up in South Africa.
I have always been interested in the bush and the wild life
as well as the superstitions of the local people so I suppose
that has influenced what I write.
When did you first start writing?
2014 was my starting block as a writer, I was always telling stories but never in print until now, Thanks to my wife's encouragement.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is still work in progress titled "A Cry in the Night" which deals with the hunt for a man-eater, a serial killer on four legs in the African bush.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The need to get my work out there into the public doman.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far I have had over 200 sample downloads, so it is slowly getting out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It takes me away from the bump and grind of the day to day existence, and transports me to another world.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, the more fans the better, and I hope they enjoy what my imagination puts in print.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Ideas that need to be put on paper. Oh and make my wife tea.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At this moment in time, most of my time is spent writing but I enjoy observing people and getting ideas.
I also enjoy cooking,, and playing guitar.
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King
Dean Koontz
David Morrell
John Grisham
James Patterson
What are you working on next?
I have been asked to submit a Screen play for Blood Moon Over Africa, so that is my next project..
Published 2015-01-02.
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Books by This Author

The Smoke that Thunders
Price: Free! Words: 16,310. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The Smoke that Thunders is a three in one of short stories. Each one totally different from the have a mixture of suspence,thrills and drama, followed by a dark look into a deranged mind and find out that Piet van Zyl does have a soft side. The man who would rather face a charging buffalo faces his greatest win the heart of the lovely Peggy.