Interview with Gerald A. Loeb

What is your writing process?
I write early in the day and edit in the afteroon. I approach this as a real job and keep pretty much to a schedule. As for ideas, I find them on various media and talking to folks.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I won a contest in sixth grade with the first prize being dinner with the teacher. But the teacher left a week later, so I didn't get the dinner; but I knew one thing: I had talent as a writer.
How do you approach cover design?
I am cover-blind, so I rely on friends with much more experience than I have to make a cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"Farewell to Arms," "The Human Comedy," "Slaughterhouse Five," and "The People's Almanac."
What do you read for pleasure?
Other authors such as JL Callison, Joshua Peck, David J. Barron, Leah Reise, Louis Grizzard and Carl Hiaasen.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Ideally paperbacks but I have learned to read PDFs.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use Twitter but my real mainstay is Facebook. I also use face-to-face talks with potential readers.
Describe your desk
It us a dark wood desk with lots of small drawers and is an antique.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a Navy Brat, so we moved a lot. Living primarily in Florida and New Jersey, I lived on military bases and near urban areas. As for influences, I was exposed to a lot of different folks and lifestyles.
When did you first start writing?
I started in the sixth grade and knew by the eighth grade I would write someday. Years later, I went to college to get a journalism degree.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I took Facebook postings and after realizing the election climate was ripe for a political satire book, I wrote Politically Derelict.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote my first published novel in 2006. Nine years later I published it and found the process to be not that painful. I love doing marketing and promotion, so I just had to learn the business side of self-publishing.
Published 2016-09-13.
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Books by This Author

Wahoo Dan
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 50,050. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
Wahoo Dan is a historical fiction/thriller novel. Set in Western Texas in 1926, two Texas Rangers work through lies, deception and blackmail to solve three deaths and expose a secret sex cabal. A famous Hollywood actress makes a cameo appearance in windswept Wahoo, Texas.
Politically Derelict, Vol. 2
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,930. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
(5.00)
A sequel to "Politically Derelict" (2016), this is a humorous take on Social Media, politics and online Americana in the 21st Century Cyberwhirl. The curious creatures of the Swampy Black Lagoon in the post-Donald Trump election of November 2016 are deftly skewered with style and meant to entertain Political Derelicts everywhere. This is political and social satire for the 21st Century.
Politically Derelict
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 25,030. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
(5.00)
A humorous take on this election year, this book examines politics in its most pure on social media. The foibles of our leaders are laid open for all to see and ultimately laugh at as the American population prepares to elect its leaders in the 21st Century.