Interview with Naomi Anne Hills

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use Amazon Kindle Direct. Smashwords looks interesting. I am prepared to share my book(s) as my latest book of Poetry called "The Words of Madness", and also a book called "The Gastric Lap Banding Diet and Recipe Book". I've also got 2 books of my own poetry again, called "My Own Way", and "Deepenings". These were professionally published. I feel that I've got an edge withint the book publishing market, with the current book of poems which are quite different, even a little morbid. You have to read it!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
So far I'm working on a shoe lace. I can't afford to get my book printed professionally, but have provided very presentable books which sold on EBay extremely well, with 100% positive feedback, and also my own website for the book. I sort of sell my books to suit direct demand. I find these big companies with the electronic fill in sections for one offer copies a bit over whelming.
Describe your desk
My desk is in a muddle. It has this pc, diaries, a wallet, paper stuck on the desk which is great to jotting down ideas, and also because it's easier to use my mouse. Weight watchers information, as I'm currently doing a diet. Pens, paper, a small teddy bear. It's a general clutter, but it's my clutter so that's ok!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I've been a slow starter in learning to read. I hated doing my "home work" from school, age 6 and needing to read out loud the books given. My mother was interesed in me learning certain words written on a pieces of paper, before I even started school, of which certainly slowed down my progess. Then around the age of about 8 things started to change. I became an avid reader. Fairy tales. Bible. Soon my spelling slowly got better, but mainly my expression and comprehension improved. By the time I was ready to go to high school I was showing better grades and recognition with my short stories, general writing. The final English test requiring a short story, left me with a A +. In high school, although not popular I spent most weekends reading, going to the library. Reading and writing has always been important to me, even if it's just an way to express other things in ongoing journals of which was a 10 year routine, and usually at least a page in written day to day or a full book of writing each three months. During online studies with Australian Open University, I changed to suit the role of a student, jotting down ideas, observiations or insights or recording things for later on. Now I've done a suddent swerve, wanting to do further work, for myself. This includes my latest book of poems. I hope you enjoy it!
When did you first start writing?
I began when people around were complacent that I wasn't able to.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Recent worries I have in health is reflected in a dark look into that. You can almost call the the book a bit morbid!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am currently giving Smashwords a go here. It would be ideal to sell my poetry book "The Words of Madness", as a ebook, although it contains a number of my art work pieces there, thus making it reading matter that may be lost.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having the oppurtunity to.
What do your fans mean to you?
Very much. Anyone??
What are you working on next?
I'm working on printing the book. I've done it in Publisher 2013 which makes it hard for people to read it, withought the Publisher. It will take a bit of thought about how to go there, say, transfer it from Publisher to WORD..
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What transpires if I don't get out of bed each day. It's mainly because I can't just lie there when there's so much going on arond me. I've really got the idea of putting one foot in front of the next because of my 2 boys. It made me mature in my role of and understanding in the World.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
What I should be thinking of doing next.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I read Amazon kindle ebooks. I also have an ebook in Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. Honestly, I can't remember anything like that.
What is your writing process?
I don't get writer's block. If I'm doing some writing, it tend to go well. If anything, my writing of the books I've had would be in certain 'stages'. This is such as - an idea - writing down related ideas - researching - thinking if it's worthwhile doing, or maybe feasible for people to want to read - I feel a need for it, especially to help others - basic first copy - 2nd copy - making it printable - 3rd copy - getting the important things down for the book to become commerical - promotion (which has a big part to play) - finding the right nique in the market place - Selling the Book!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hans Christian Anderson - a biographic book about him. I read the book 6 times straight, and told my parents, very proud of me after the 1st or 2nd times, to start reading other books. Hooked.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design is somthing which captures my eye. I can understand how people have an illustrator to do it for them professionaly. I can't afford that so either a picture taken or art done by myself.
Published 2014-10-16.
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