Interview with JB Steele

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a Kindle Keyboard, which is pretty much ancient now. It still works well enough for my purposes. I like the e-ink feature a great deal, and that does help my getting-older eyes a lot. I also read on my tablet and cell phone, but those aren't in as much use. Of course, I do use my laptop to read the things that I write, since I have an ereader app installed. Again, that isn't my primary choice, but it's there.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook and other social media. Also, word of mouth.
Describe your desk
I have spina bifida and other conditions that make it hard to sit at a desk. I do have a desk, and it's messy. The computer, it's networking apparatus, the screen, audio equipment, various pencils, pens, notebooks, the occasional woodworking tool, the occasional inspirational oddity, and a cat (don't ask, he doesn't like questions.)

As far as writing goes, I tend to sit in my recliner with my laptop to compose my work.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northwest Florida. It's close to several military bases, and that military presence predisposed me to start reading military fiction. I couldn't enlist myself, due to several health problems, but I still had an active imagination. This lead to science fiction and other things, and then to writing it.
When did you first start writing?
In the 90's. I was writing little things in high school, and really started liking it in college.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've always wanted to write a fantasy novel. Unknown Worlds is a collection of stories, none of which are strictly fantasy, and the upcoming Wizard's Apostasy is. I started thinking about the things that you would see in Tolkien or other such books, and wondered about the things that are more work-a-day. What about the people instead of the wizards and such? Of course, those elements are there, but I wanted to get into the things that, for want of a better phrase, form the background against which those 'wizards and such' are set. Wizard's Apostasy is the result.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Exercising my imagination. I can't put it any more simply than that.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. JB Steele wouldn't exist, but for the fans. Oh, sure, there would be stuff that I would write, but I would be lying if I said that it would all be strictly for me.
What are you working on next?
The sequel to Wizard's Apostasy, tentatively entitled Ranger's Calling.
Who are your favorite authors?
David Weber, Stephen King, Eric Flint, Mercedes Lackey, John Ringo, John Scalzi, Alexander Kent, Bernard Cornwell, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, J.K. Rowling, Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven, H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Dale Brown, Larry McMurtry...... I could go on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food. Plus, the cats wanting food and the bird wanting food.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to spend time with The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Internet! Electronic books, electronic medium.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it involved a cat.
What is your writing process?
Food, write, something to drink, laundry, write, write, write, hang out clothes, write, food, answer messages, update website, write.

I get distracted.

Food, write, kitties....
How do you approach cover design?
Very carefully. It has to be done, of course.
Published 2016-05-22.
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Books by This Author

Wizard's Apostasy
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 193,250. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Master Ranger Cuileán Abel and his partner, the warrior monk Abiradon, join together to defeat an insidious threat to the kingdom. Of course, it's never that easy. Wizard's Apostasy, Book One of the Cadealith Chronicles introduces you to several striking characters, some pure at heart, and some not so pure. Read on to find them! Also in this book, "King's Ranger," a Cadealith short story.
Unknown Worlds
Price: Free! Words: 43,360. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Do you ever feel like you've awakened from a dream in which you visited an unknown world? Some of the best dreams stayed with you whether you realized it or not. Here are five stories from the mind of JB Steele, ranging from the days of yore to a time far from now. Sit back with a favorite drink, adjust the light over that comfortable reading chair, and dive right into these stories.