Interview with Gavin E Parker

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to get up to go to work.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly working or doing household chores. If I get a bit of free time I might spend it watching TV, reading or playing videogames.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through the media.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I used to write loads when I was a kid, but I don't rememember which was first.
What is your writing process?
Think, plan, write, rewrite alot. I use two great bits of free software. TreeSheets is great for plotting - you can have a colour-coded overview of your whole story and subplots on a single page (massively useful in itself), but from there you can still drill down to individual scenes to rearrange, add, delete them etc. I write in in yWriter, another incredibly useful piece of free software.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have no idea. I didn't read much as a kid. I began reading a lot in my early twenties, but even then it was mostly non-fiction.
How do you approach cover design?
Covers should be bold and distinct. Most book covers are pretty bad. Keep it simple.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neuropsychology' by Paul Broks. Beautifully written mixture of facts and fiction, it delves into profound issues with an incredible lightness of touch.

And four others.
What do you read for pleasure?
Non-fiction, bios, magazines.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Describe your desk
Metal and wood.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Southern England, probably not.
When did you first start writing?
Aged four.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I thought I'd write a book, then I did.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The search for fame and riches.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not so far, but it's early days.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Reading something back and discovering it's not utter bobbins.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have fans.
What are you working on next?
Book two of the Ephialtes Trilogy.
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm not crazy about fiction. Christopher Hitchens knew how to sling a sentence together, though.
Published 2015-07-15.
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Books by This Author

Be All You Can Be (Ephialtes Short IV)
Series: Ephialtes Shorts, Book 4. You set the price! Words: 31,480. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
After sustaining an injury in the Battle of Allentown Spaceport Kristen Stahl has to reassess everything she thought she knew about herself and her future.
The Ephialtes Shorts Collection
Series: Ephialtes Shorts. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,770. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
The Ephialtes Trilogy chronicles the conflict between Earth and Mars, triggered by Mars' secession from the USAN in the aftermath of World War IV. The stories of The Ephialtes Shorts Collection make up the connective tissue between books one and two of the trilogy. The collection comprises all four previously released shorts together with the exclusive Ephialtes Short V: Why Am I So Clever?
Son of New York (Ephialtes Short III)
Series: Ephialtes Shorts, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 16,090. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
The third Ephialtes Short follows Adam Wilson, and idealistic student on Earth. When President Cortes’ grip on the USAN falters Adam is forced to reassess his core values as civil unrest threatens to tear the country apart.
Phobos Rising - Ephialtes Part II
Series: Ephialtes Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $3.85 USD. Words: 222,810. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Mars and Earth clash once more in this second volume of the Ephialtes Trilogy. Can the Martians rally their forces to meet the might of the USAN? Or would a pre-emptive strike solve all their problems? With time running out some tough choices have to be made. It’s kill or be killed as an unprecedented interplanetary cold war starts to turn hot.
A Cold Wind Blows (Ephialtes Short II)
Series: Ephialtes Shorts, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 16,090. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A Cold Wind Blows is the second Ephialtes Short. It tells the story of a young girl whose dream job in the agricultural domes of Mars leads to the unearthing of some primal fears.
Series: Ephialtes Trilogy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 160,420. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
(4.00 from 3 reviews)
In 2241 Mars declares independence from the USAN on Earth. The USAN sends an enormous spacecraft, Ephialtes, to pressure the Martians into reconsidering. The Martians take some countermeasure of their own. Politics turns to brinksmanship. Just as each side seeks to avoid conflict they are both drawn inexorably toward it and, with Ephialtes closing in on Mars, time is running out.
See the Worlds (Ephialtes Short I)
Series: Ephialtes Shorts, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,010. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
In 2241, a young soldier trapped in a besieged garrison on Mars reflects on the events that brought him there. An Ephialtes Shorts story.