Interview with Greg Sparks

How do you approach cover design?
When I am looking for a new book to read, the book cover determines whether or not I want to read the description. If the book cover is too busy or not attractive I move on. I try to instill this into my book covers. I think about the mood I am trying to portray in the book. I want to keep it simple, yet compelling. It must draw the reader's attention.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I have several, but to break it down to five might be hard to do. For fiction I like, The Pawn by Steven James. It has real characters with real problems. The tension increases with every turn of the page, so much so, as the reader you cannot see how it will end in the last hundred pages. Brad Thor's The Lions of Lucerne. The story focuses on a Secret Service agent who takes on terrorism. What's not to like about an a good guy defending American values? I also like Joel C. Rosenberg's The Last Days. It is a great build-up of end times events with fast pace action and interesting characters. And for non-fiction, I read Zig Ziglar's Born to Win and John Maxwell's Be All You Can Be. Both of them inspire me to achieve greatness.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love to read. I am always looking for something to read whether on my Kindle or hard copy. I have discovered audio books and love finishing one in a day or two. Being an avid reader, I enjoy all kinds of books. But my favorites are secret agent, former special ops guys who keep America safe.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing the fact, I am encouraging people through entertainment. I like developing real characters with real problems that face strong adversity with a positive message. I like writing stories I like to read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my Kindle. I have the Kindle app so when I am waiting in line or have down time and my Kindle is not available I will read. I like the flexibility it allows me to pick up where I left off. I use my Kindle when I exercise on the stationary bicycle. Exercise my mind while exercising my body.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing books in 2006. Around that time, I thought about my first two characters (who are based on future people in the Bible) and mentioned them to people. One day, an idea popped into my head about writing a book. I couldn't shake the idea about a book. So without any experience, I began writing. Though the years, I have learned how to write better, format my own material, and publish my own books. I has been a great experience.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a preacher's kid, we moved several times in my life. I was born in a small Texas town of Henderson. I lived in Dallas, Midland, before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan, and starting kindergarten. At the start of my second grade year, we moved to Moline, Illinois. My freshman year of high school I moved to a place near Pensacola, Florida, called Pace. In the middle of my junior year we moved to Greenville, Texas. I loved all the moving. I have friendships still today. It allowed me to meet different people and draw from those different personalities into my writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I hadn't always wanted to be an indie author. I attended a writer's conference once and the speaker mentioned as an indie author you get all of the benefits and don't have to share with a publisher. You get all of the work, also, so it's not all fun and games. As an indie author you are responsible for all of the content of the work. The editing, the book cover, the marketing, everything. But when you hold that book in your hands you know all of the work that went into it to make it happen. It is thrilling.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Edge of Freedom- is about a lady who loses her husband in Tower One on 9/11. He has gambling debts which need to be paid to the mob. To pay his debts, she starts robbing banks. She continues robbing banks as a high, even after the debt is paid off. The mob boss realized it her robbing banks, and she is convinced to work for them.
Describe your desk
I try to keep my desk as clean as possible. Effective people have a clean desk and gives the impression you are organized and can get things done. A messy desk tells people you are overwhelmed with work.
What do your fans mean to you?
I enjoy the fans and their comments. It keeps me going. I can't wait to bring the next book to them.
What are you working on next?
I have two in the works. My next non-fiction book will be about forgiveness and how we can use forgiveness to achieve happiness. My next fiction book is Concealed is about a guy who stops a crime and the criminal takes revenge on the main character by kidnapping his son from his school.
Published 2016-09-05.
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Books by This Author

Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,650. Language: English. Published: August 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Suspense
Celeste McCallister loves adventure, but when her tantalizing life in Hollywood crumbles, she moves back home to Dallas. Innocent lives are at stake. She yearns to punish those who abuse her. In this Christian thriller, Greg Sparks unfolds the human drama of a woman in search of happiness and weaves an intricate web of uncertainty throughout Redemption. Is it too late for Celeste?
Bravado! Conquering the Fears of Changing Jobs
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,630. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Personal Care & Service, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
Fear abounds today in the job market for a variety of reasons. Emotional upheaval wreaks havoc on everyone if fear is allowed to control your mind, body, and soul. In Bravado! Greg Sparks shows you how to Win the “Emotional Mind Games” that often cripple people, offers much needed encouragement, and provides hope to those who have been trampled and beaten down. Be Afraid, But Do It Anyway!