There's a site I like called The Book Cover Designer. I find them quite helpful and their images are very professional looking.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
HMS Ulysses by Alastair McLean. Doll by Ed McBain. Quarantine by Jim Crace. The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin. The Book Thief by Zusak.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books mainly, all types. Lately I've been reading a number of submarine books as it is a field I'm interested in.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle on my phone.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media sites like Wattpad under my username LiamMullen. Facebook obviously where I maintain an author's page, and I also have an Amazon Author page. I also have a Pinterest following, and I've explored others like Pocket and WordPress.
Describe your desk
Lately I do a lot of my writing on my smartphone, and don't have a desk as such.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but I now live in Wexford. In writing a book like The Scribe, I've written about places I've visited myself and that includes Israel, Egypt, Rome and Malta.
When did you first start writing?
In my teens.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Which one? I've a number of books and stories on the go. It's a great way to combat writer's block. Inspiration for The Scribe likely came from my visit to the Holy land.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That's an easy question. Years of rejection from mainstream publishers and the feeling that time might be running out. Last two years my most prolific by a long chalk.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm new to Smashwords, so it remains to be seen. However we live in hope.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing that works. Stories that move the reader like the excellent one I read last year - The Book Thief. Come to think of it, that would also be a strong contender for my top five.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything because fans are likely readers and show an interest in one's work.
What are you working on next?
The Nationalists, an Irish tale about a doomed love affair between an Irish journalist and a Cumann na mban girl. Set during the Rising and subsequent years. War - a book of war stories, some of which are set in Ireland. Sorting out Charlie, a YA title about a troubled Irish lad sent to India for a year's schooling and returns transformed. Pacific Deeps and Atlantic Deeps - Two submarine thrillers. Mano. A crime story set in Hawaii and recently entered for the Debut Crime Dagger awards. Manhunt and Plainclothes and Narc - police procedural stories, amongst others. Orphans. A tale of Irish magic. Numerous other stories.
Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Dickens. Thomas Hardy. Stephen King. McLean, McBain, Jim Crace and a million others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My day job.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon, Goodreads etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah, I was afraid to show it to anyone. I was about seven at the time.
What is your writing process?
As often as possible, as much as possible.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First classic was Tom Brown's School days. Classics always remained hard to read, but I discovered Enid Blyton, Biggles and a host of others. Classics that stand out in my memory include The Swiss Family Robinson, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Ivanhoe.
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