Editing the second book of my Now & Forever series, trying to get to work on writing the 3rd book of it, and I've got this teen paranormal adventure/romance thing called Færie Patrol I'm thinking about writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, lots of them. Off-hand, I'd have to say Spider Robinson, Robert Heinlein, Ed Greenwood, Elaine Cunningham, Seanan McGuire, J K Rowling, Lewis Carroll, Edgar Rice Burroughs, L Frank Baum, A A Milne, and Robert Louis Stevenson.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A dog who needs attention, cats who need food, and my own need to get to a job so that I can pay for their and my own food.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing with my pets, playing Fate or Torchlight, or reading.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly I wander through ebook stores. I don't use Kindle, but I do like discovering books through Amazon -- their recommendations system is highly amusing, and the "people also bought" thing can be … an experience. So, in the end, dumb luck, but I get there through Amazon; I'm also wont to look into books discussed in places like Candlekeep.com
How do you approach cover design?
I try to go for something simple, elegant, but at the same time eye catching and able to stand out against the thousands of other covers you'll see browsing by genre. I also like the cover to reflect the story as much as possible, a fun light hearted story shouldn't be in dark sombre colours, and the image should evoke an idea of what lies behind.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Hobbit -- because it is, possibly, one of the greatest bits of writing in the history of fiction. Dragondoom -- Epic fantasy adventure, sweet romance, and heart-breaking tragedy. Time Enough for Love -- Heinlein at his penultimate best. The Wizard of Oz -- a very close contender for being as wondrous as The Hobbit Alice in Wonderland -- A well deserved classic.
What do you read for pleasure?
Books. I've found cereal boxes, newspapers, and travel brochures to not be very gripping and compelling.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Shameless begging and wanton self-promotion?
Okay, so not quite that bad. I have a blog, and it gets a fair bit of traffic -- I assume that helps. Blind, dumb luck, seems to be a major factor. Writing in the Romance genre really seems to be a big one -- I know people as good or better than I in other genres who don't get the sales I do, or even the page views (for the book, I mean, like the stats here on Smashwords); all we can figure is the real difference is genre.
Describe your desk
What, at work? A cubicle. For writing? Whatever would I want to write at a desk for?!
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