Interview with G. L. Argain

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Honestly, I just look into the science fiction section, look for anything that wouldn't have romance in it - only because it seems like in many situations, people should have more than romance to worry about at the moment - and select a book that's either free or cheap (three dollars or less). There are times, however, when I want to read something beyond my norm so that I can "get a taste" for something new, something that I would have never expected before.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and looking back on it, it was humiliating. I often wonder whether I would actually redo it or not because the plot is so unrealistic. Back when I was fifteen, I decided to write a story just for the fun of it, and I got about twelve pages into it before abruptly stopping. It was about a bunch of teenagers scouring a post-apocalyptic wasteland, looking for people that would help them fix the nation. Perhaps there's a similar story out there - a better version than mine - that I just don't know about yet.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My favorite device would be my Amazon Kindle, since it's portable and easy to read from. I don't have a smartphone to read an e-book from, but I do have a PC that I can read PDFs of e-books from. Although, you can't really take your PC with you on a road trip to your aunt's house.
Describe your desk
Let's see....there's my PC, monitor, speakers, and headphones in front of me, with the headphone's cord in a scrambled mess. There's a printer, a dictionary, a lighthouse figurine, an MP3 player, a digital camera, and several pencils and pens slightly to the right. Farther on my right, there's an unfinished birdhouse, a picture of me and my sister, a squirrel statue, and a stack of papers that need to be organized, most of which need to be thrown away. To my left is my backpack and my laptop.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seriously in December 2012, after my first semester of college, although one might say that I've been writing since my sophomore year of high school. The funny thing is that in all of my English classes throughout my childhood, I thought to myself, "Do we really need to learn this? The only reason I can think of that would make this helpful is if I were to become an author, and I don't see myself as an author at all."
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The thought came to me after I finished my first English class in college. Despite the fact that the class was difficult from everyone else, I managed to pull through with an "A" on every single essay. I came to realize that I had great writing potential, and I wanted to put that to the test by writing my own book. I had a dozen ideas floating around in my head anyway, and instead of waiting to find some story that happened to match my imagination, I decided to put my ideas onto paper myself.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped me out by allowing my book to prosper in the electronic realm for free. I never wanted my first book to have a price on it - not just because it was a good marketing strategy, but also because I made the book for the sake of the reader's entertainment, not for a publisher or marketer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest pleasure with writing is being able to write however I please, whatever I want to write about. By writing, I get to see the story of my dreams; I am the one who fully understands the author's methods and reasons, and I alone know the underlying point with every word that I make.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a story separate from my current series, mostly because my next Live Of The Unknown book requires a lot of research before I wish to tackle it. This independent story involves the ultimate superhuman, have no physical weaknesses or limitations whatsoever. He does have the mental limitations of an ordinary human being, however, and that can take a toll with all the responsibility he has to handle, being invincible and all.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Like many people, I don't have to think about getting out of bed, I just do it out of habit. But for the days when I need to push myself out, I think about the responsibilities waiting for me out there in the real world. There is something out there that needs my attention, and for me to just lay in bed doing nothing would be selfish and inconsiderate.
Published 2013-12-24.
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Lives Of The Unknown Book 1 - 2nd Edition
Price: Free! Words: 52,990. Language: American English. Published: December 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
The more consistent, more professional version of the story that Lives Of The Unknown was meant to be. A human intrudes upon two intergalactic alien organizations and acts as the catalyst for a long overdue conflict.
Vaporize
Price: Free! Words: 39,950. Language: American English. Published: October 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Once you have all the power in the world, ask yourself this: Now what?
Lives Of The Unknown Book 1: The Legend of Andrew Lockeford
Price: Free! Words: 55,170. Language: American English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A human risks becoming a catalyst for war between two intergalactic alien organizations.