Interview with Ian. J. Smethurst

What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favourite books...hmmm...only five! Well Greg Bear's Eon has to go up there, I've never read a more imaginative well thought out and gripping novel. All of the Lord of the rings books by JRR Tolkien, essential reading for anyone with an interest in the fantasy genre. Iain M. Bank's culture novels are quite simply some of the best Sci-fi I have ever read as well. The lost fleet books by Jack Campbell, this is how space opera and military SF is done, and being a big fan of Dungeons and Dragons in my youth I especially loved the Dragonlance novels by Margaret weis and Tracey Hickman.
What do you read for pleasure?
Difficult question, as being an editor as well I very rarely read for pleasure, even if I wanted to. My editors eye always seems to creep in there somehow and flag up all the little spelling errors, grammatical errors, and occasional plot hole. Although I am currently reading the of Sigmar omnibus that I acquired recently and finding it a great pick up and put down book
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It has to be a Kindle paperwhite, although the newer Kobo readers are closing the gap technology wise.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Marketing on social media, on various facebook groups, and on twitter. I also do promotional sales to tie in with key events like Nanowrimo, and new book releases.
Describe your desk
errmm...right now cluttered. I have quite a bit of paperwork mostly ideas for future works in progress. I have a resin block sculpture of a Pegasus that serves as my lucky charm and several myth and magic pieces that were bought for my by my wife for birthdays and a framed picture of a certificate I obtained when I completed nanowrimo in 2011.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seriously in my high school years, about 14, it was mostly fan fiction back then as I was a massive Star Trek fan. My first true novel was published in 2010.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a career choice, I felt that the traditional publishing route was too constraining, and while the royalties generally are greater in traditional publishing and more consistent, I felt that I didn't really have the freedom to make the novel all that it really could be. It is a decision I have never regretted.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has contributed to my success by opening up my work to a wider audience, being an indie author it is vital that my work be available to as many devices as possible.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I write for the sheer joy of writing, for the thrill of knowing a story is coming together. And most of all to share with others and the satisfaction that comes when someone has read one of my novels and really enjoyed it.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a great deal, they are the ones going out and buying the books and downloading the copies, enjoying the work and spreading the word out. They are the main reason why I write, and why I persist.
What are you working on next?
That would be a surprise, all I can say is that it is a little dash of something different within the science fiction genre. Something that is going in a totally new and exciting direction.
Published 2016-10-30.
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Books by This Author

E.D.F Chronicles : The Cyberian Menace
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,230. Language: British English. Published: May 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
E.D.F Chronicles : The Cyberian menace is the fourth and final instalment of the E.D.F Chronicles saga beginning with The Krenaran massacre.
E.D.F Chronicles : Eye of the Dracos
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,740. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Five years have passed since the great Krenaran war, and humanity have begun to rebuild from the devastation wrought upon them. A lone survey ship drops out of plasma drive on a distant, isolated world, searching for potential new colony sites. What they find on its surface, will unleash a foe unilke any other, and something from only their darkest nightmares.
E.D.F Chronicles - E.D.F resurgent
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,870. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(4.00)
In this second installment of the climactic E.D.F chronicles series, the war between humanity and the Krenaran empire rages on. However, humanity has one final chance to end it once and for all. If they fail, mankind will be doomed, if they suceed victory is assured. Michael Alexander and Nikolai Vargev will have to fight like never before in this ultimate high stakes gamble.
E.D.F Chronicles - The Krenaran Massacre.
Price: $1.15 USD. Words: 63,910. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(2.50)
It is 2071 and humanity is in its infancy on the great galactic stage. Busily colonising planets and systems, feeling perfectly safe and secure in their own little corner of the galaxy. Until several civilian mining vessels disappear, plunging humanity into a massive war. And forcing Micheal Alexander and Nikolai Vargev into reluctantly joining forces just to survive against all the odds.