Interview with J W Murison

How do you approach cover design?
My covers are all designed by a lovely lady in Daytona Florida in the United States. She first bought one of my books from my website and loved it. Since then we have been in regular contact. When I told her I was looking for covers for a new paperback edition of my novels she offered to do one for me. I couldn’t believe the quality of them. The deal is she gets to read the first draught of any novel I write and will then go and design a cover for them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Just pick any five Sven Hassel books. I can relate to the characters very well, and his style of writing makes you feel you are there with them every agonising step of the way
What do you read for pleasure?
I rarely get time to read these days, I think it is a sacrifice many authors make when they begin to write their own work. I do have a tendency to pick up one of my own novels now and then and relive the journey.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle fire
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None really, I sometimes feel that by the time I read about a new and successful marketing technique and try it everyone is sick of it. My sales are slow but steady, my readership is slowly rising and I find once people read one of my books they often read the rest.
Describe your desk
It is round and has a horn on it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was brought up on a farm in the Highlands of Scotland, I can't say exactly how it influences my writing because I'm not sure if it does.
When did you first start writing?
I was nine years old when I wrote my first novel. It wasn’t very big and had pictures of planes in it. I wish I could remember what the story was about.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Aha, you want secrets huh, ok it’s called Embers and is a supernatural crime thriller, and that’s all you are getting.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Publishers like it if you stick to a formula and a genre, I hate writing to many books in the same genre I get bored. I also like writing what I like when I like without being dictated to or writing synopsis of future novels.
Published 2014-12-22.
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Books by This Author

Federation One
Series: Steven Gordon. Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 77,470. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This is the story of what happened when the human battlegroup that is tasked with joining up with Federation forces, reaches the premier training space station Federation One. It infills the story of The Sir William Wallace, and the drama there that unfolded when some of Stevens crew, joined the Captain for dinner. This is the Fifth in the Steven Gordon series.
The Goodwill Ambassador
Series: Steven Gordon. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 79,600. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Steven and Komoru finish their ambassadorial training and set off on their first mission; what their instructors failed to tell them was that the life expectancy of a Goodwill ambassador is very short indeed. The dangers however, very quickly become apparent to both of Earths first Galactic Goodwill Ambassadors. Can Steven and Komoru, put an end to a two-thousand-year-old conflict.
The Modloch Empire
Series: Steven Gordon. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 108,000. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
Book three in the Steven Gordon series takes us in to the heart of the Modloch Empire. Humanity quickly becomes ensnared by galactic politics. The people of Earth and the newly elected Earths representative, have to win the hearts and minds of The Modloch Emperor and his people. Our heroes are embroiled in the middle of this game of hearts.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 97,220. Language: British English. Published: May 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Embers is a supernatural crime thriller. Fifteen year old Timmy Biggins, a known trouble maker, is picked up wearing nothing but a pair of boxer shorts and socks on one of the foulest nights of the year by two young police women. His bizarre story will change their lives and beliefs forever.
The Black Planet
Series: Steven Gordon. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 111,840. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This is the second adventure in the Steven Gordon Series, Steven and his friend reach out into our solar system. New friends and a deadly enemy ensue a race for survival for mankind.
Carn Mo'r
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 49,220. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sir Alisder Sinclair, Laird of CarnMo'r hears the plaintive cry of a woman and races to the Three Bogs Mire to find American Robyn Colwin sinking fast in the bog. Set in the Ladder hills on the boundaries between the Grampians and the Cairngorms. CarnMo'r takes place in the aftermath of WWII. Part mystery, part love story, part Scottish lore.
Gareth Ogilvie The Highland War Chieftain
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 194,790. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Myth, magic, epic battles, great Golden Eagles men can ride into battle along with their giant Tyrannosaurus rex cousins. Of course let’s not forget the Highlanders, swathed in their tartan with Claymores in hand. The biggest surprise to them all comes when Gareth releases one of the Giant Eagles from slavery.
Teardrops in The Night Sky
Series: Steven Gordon. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,590. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
An uplifting science fiction drama; a fast paced adventure suitable for all ages and a tale that will leave you with a smile on your face. Join Steven Gordon and his best friend Buzz Anderson as they reach for the stars.
The Kilted Cowboy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 183,840. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
The Kilted Cowboy is a modern drama with bite. When a rich Texan Rancher Daniel Delaque, comes to Scotland on a roots holiday he once promised his late wife, he meets and falls in love with a beautiful Scots widow Jean McGregor. Mike McGregor returns from his second tour in Afghanistan to discover his mother has eloped to the USA. When he follows her, trouble isn’t far behind.