Interview with Chaz Mann

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Every day is full of surprises. Who know's what's around the next bend, hopefully something new, positive, and exciting. Good writing inspires me to write more. I love to review what I've written the day or week before. Rewrite, rewrite and rewrite is my motto. It seems that every time I review my work I can come up with a better word or phrase. I'm looking forward to a very exciting future.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Actually, I read mostly print books. I borrow ebooks from the local library. I love browsing through a book store to find new books.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Sure, it wasn't that long ago. It was inspired by my wife. I'm an avid reader of many years and one day my wife said, 'Hey, hon, why don't you write a book yourself'. So I did. Now I'm on my third book in a western series. WOW!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly reading, though I do like to play first person shooter video games. I also like to put models together, mainly tall ships and unique models.
What is your writing process?
Monday through Friday I'm up at five o'clock. I start writing at six o'clock and go to about eleven or eleven thirty depending on what's happening in the chapter. On Saturday and Sunday I do review work for a couple of hours. Some times I may take a Saturday or Sunday off from writing and read a novel all morning. I've found that having a designated writing time works best for me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I didn't start reading novels until I was in my thirty's. My wife, Marie, encouraged me to start reading. I don't remember the first novel I read, but I do remember the book that inspired me to continue reading. My wife bought me Ken Follett's "The Pillars of the Earth". I loved it. And I've been reading novels ever since. I read every day.
How do you approach cover design?
I love vivid colors that grab the reader's eye. Currently, I'm writing a frontier/western series, and most covers for that genre of book are pretty dull, usually some shade of brown. That's not what I wanted for my book. I want my readers to say, WOW, when they see my covers. My second book, "Blood Justice",which is coming out at the end of October, also has an eye catching cover, at least I think so.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Pillars of the Earth", by Ken Follett, is certainly a favorite. I loved Terry C. Johnston's 'Titus Bass' series. But other than that I can't pick out any single book. I read over thirty authors and love many of the characters and story lines.
I think my most inspiring character is Titus Bass. He had the heart of a lion and soul of a great human being.
What do you read for pleasure?
Novels mostly. Action/adventure, mystery/suspense and stories of tall ship adventures in the 18th and 19th centuries. I also like some horror every now and then.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Actually, I don't have one as of this writing. I like the feel of a book in my hands. I know that's crazy since I write ebooks. But what can I say? I guess I'm just an old fashioned guy. I'm sure that sooner or later I'll but myself an ereader.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm new to the ebook market, so I can't really answer that question.
Describe your desk
Cluttered and busy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Steeler territory, Pittsburgh, Pa. My home town had no influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
About three years ago, after I retired.
Published 2014-09-19.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

The Devil's Scrapbook
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 81,460. Language: English. Published: October 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Adventure » Action
After inheriting a house from a deceased friend who died under mysterious circumstances, Lucas Wainwright finds himself entangled in a web of mystery and intrigue. In a desperate search to locate a mysterious tin box, Lucas, with the help of his friends, delve into a world of desperation and greed; a world that shadows the underbelly of society and the depths of human depravity.
Blood Brothers
Series: Frank Travers, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,240. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » USA
Frank and Tucker are at it again in the third installment of the Frank Travers Series. This time, the two best friends find themselves in Denver, Colorado, working for an elite detective agency. Their first assignment: track down and neutralize a band of the most notorious horse thieves, cattle rustlers, and killers in the state of Colorado. Based on a true story.
Blood Justice
Series: Frank Travers, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 79,630. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Frank Travers is on the run from the law in the second installment of the Frank Travers Series. Frank befriends the Swanson family, who are on their way to Manhattan, Kansas, to claim an inherited cattle ranch. A range war between the Swansons and their neighbors threatens to become a bloody affair. But things are not as they seem. Frank and his best friend, Tucker, search for the truth.
The Bloodied, the Brave, and the Bold
Series: Frank Travers, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,000. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
After surviving the Civil War and a stint in one of the worst Union Prisoner-of-War Camps, Frank Travers and his best friend, Tucker Gates, return home to City Point, Virginia. Frank quickly learns that the couple he considers his real parents have suffered tragedy and injustice. Frank and his best friend set out to seek justice and make certain those responsible pay a heavy toll.