Total SF/Fantasy geeks, here. If it has a huge nerd fandom, chances are, it's a significant part of our lives.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPad Pro for damned near everything, from designing (with the amazing Apple Pencil) to games to social media to reading.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, hands down. So much so that I seldom bother with anything else.
Describe your desk
I carry my laptop around the house, so it's basically anywhere I decide to park... usually in a comfy recliner with a tankard of good coffee on the side table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Muggle-born in Appalachia. My house was devoid of magic until I came along. Being "different" influenced everything about me, from my altruism to my love of reading (for escapism).
When did you first start writing?
I didn't write much until my mid-30s, and then it was mostly advocacy efforts for those involved with special education. I write some fiction under a pen name. Trivia, however, is a recent fetish.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That's most easily answered by the "About" page of triviageeks.org
What motivated you to become an indie author?
If there's a way to do something independently, I'm all over it. By nature, I loathe relying on others. Plus, a larger cut of the sales is a huge motivator.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is marvelous for indie publishers! Under my pen name, I have titles with numbers under 1000 -- which means I've been involved with Smashwords for a very long time (since numbers are now well over half a million). The constant advocacy on behalf of indie authors is wonderful, and the distribution channels save a lot of time and effort.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Publishing. Seriously. The writing itself is work. I get the most pleasure by sharing a completed project.
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