Interview with Gregory Guess

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing lyrics in the early seventies, I wrote my first novel around 2007.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My most recent book is fiction, however, I did grow up in a rural mountain area where at the time moonshining was a way of life. I drew from my knowledge of that era to create a story that I felt was entertaining.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie authors have total freedom concerning their work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been instrumental in giving myself and many other authors an avenue into the literary world. Quite simply Mark Coker and his team have opened the creative floodgates to the world of indie authors and their work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think for me, it is telling the story, with the added bonus of being able to do it internationally.
What do your fans mean to you?
It is all about the fans, their embracing of the characters and the stories that a writer has created, there is nothing more rewarding for me.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on two new books, both fiction. I strive to keep the characters and stories fresh and new. They are different from each other as all of my books have been.
Who are your favorite authors?
Carl Hiaasen and John Grisham would top my list.
What is your writing process?
My stories are character driven. I usually start the story with a main character and envision his progress through the story adding characters as I go. I dont do any outline and I never know the ending until it rears its ugly head.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There were many, mostly from early school days, books like Treasure Island or Huckleberry Finn. The stories that transported you to a time and place.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a background in graphic design and am actually a journeyman sign painter. Thus far I have designed all of my book covers.
Published 2014-03-09.
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Books by This Author

The Crash
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 97,830. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
A thirteen year old boy witnesses a small plane crash and the sole survivor asks for a favor with his dying breath. Roy Wallace has no idea that the request will make him rich and at the same time have two notorious druglords searching for the money as well. The druglords also learn a hard lesson while in the small bootlegging community as they search for their money.
The Night Walker
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,530. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
Esmeralda Chandelle is a very large and extremely dangerous woman who thinks that she is on a mission from God. When she hears his voice she acts...but not in a Godly manner.
The List
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,940. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
Harold Anderson maintained a list of people that mistreated him through out his adult life with the idea that if for some unforeseen reason he should contract a terminal illness that left him with a short time to live, he would work his way through that list before his time ended. He finds out that he has terminal cancer with only four to five months to live and now it is time for sweet revenge..
The Bridge
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,020. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Vietnam vet returns home to an unhappy wife and after she leaves him he elects to live in the elements again, under a bridge. He had become a very rich man but still remained under the bridge with an old dog. When a stranger comes along his whole world changes and he ends up in jail charged with a murder that he knew nothing about,James Earl Smith's life seriously changed from that point on.
The Trip
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 88,760. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
A newly wed couple experience a terrifying vacation as terrorist take over the cruise ship that they have boarded on route to the Caribbean. The parents live their worst nightmare as their eight year old daughter and a youth counselor are forced to jump overboard in the middle of the night in order to save the young girl from the terrorist.