Interview with John D. Boyden

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Nebraska. Wherever you live affects your viewpoints. It was clear to me that there was good and bad, and bad was the villain. Only late did I learn about grey. Good people do bad things, and bad people do good things. Nebraska influenced my writing by being a farming and ranching area full of good people in, perhaps, a more innocent time.

I did learn about myself, girls, and stupidity. I also learned about corruption, betrayal, and responsibility. I left Nebraska at 18 to go to college and follow my sixth grade plan to teach history and a foreign language.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Frustration and lack of money. The opportunity of the internet made it possible. I've published in html on my site for years, but a book? Distributed? Sounded good. Originally I sought publication through traditional means. I got an opportunity to pitch to and editor at a writers conference. She asked me to send her the completed novel. i did. I got back excellent extensive notes and "we don't think this is your breakout novel". It was a thanks, no thanks. I was not asked to resubmit after editing. I was silly and banked on a sale to propel me through the next year of writing and research. I also learned I didn't want to play that publishing game any more. Don't get me wrong. If I was loaded with money, I would play! I like conferences and meeting people, and pitching novels.

I'll worry about that later. Paying the bills is real life.
When did you first start writing?
Sixth grade. I wrote my first complete short story for class. I remember having long discussions with my mother on the use of words.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to lose myself in the worlds I create. My characters often create, or recreate themselves as I write, taking my well considered stories in unexpected directions. I plan general stories now, bring my characters together and letting them (as if I had much choice in the matter) take the story where it goes.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ah. That would be telling! I'll let the story and any added notes speak for me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords gets my work out there for people to see. I have several FREE projects in development to publish on Smashwords before I publish the full length novels I have on hand.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean people like my work. I have had a number of readers help me by critiquing my work. It amazes me that people will take their precious time and spend it reading ad commenting on my writing. There are few ways to express how honored that makes me feel. I thank them often. I've been writing for free for years.

In 2016, it will be time to see if my fans will actually pay for one of my books.
What are you working on next?
I have a number of serial novels. The annou8ncement was the first in my Election series. I began work on it at the July 2014 Camp NaNoWriMo. This will mirror the election cycle at least partially. The bare bones basic story is of one person who looks at the world and says "I can do better." The insane events that happen through the series propel this candidate toward the election. Each episode will be a complete story that somehow demands more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I write my own daily news, a blog, and provide content to several Facebook pages. Each day is an adventure. I complete those activities even when I'm writing a novel or short story. Or editing someone else's work. Having something to do that I see is important is what makes me jump, crawl, or stagger out of my bedroom (depending on health and enthusiasm) to make that blessed first cup of coffee and click on for my router and computer.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for free books. Rarely, I do purchase one. I scan the lists, search the artists and download.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If I'm not writing, I'm researching, reading novels, or watching videos. I also have organizations that get me out of the house, and I love to eat out. Just cannot do that daily. (I'm still waiting on that lottery win. If someone would simply send me the winning ticket, all would be well.)
Published 2015-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Conspiracies Everywhere
Series: The Election. Price: Free! Words: 12,090. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Secrets and conspiracies are exposed. More wait to be revealed in the next, and last, book in this series. What Katryn Johnson knows at the time of the election is revealed. The Election is thrown into shambles. Three candidates are tied, one week before the election. Conspiracies Everywhere takes readers on a journey through little of the politics and lots of the conspiracies and murders!
Eyes on the Word 2
Series: Ladder to Where. Price: Free! Words: 18,850. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Jake Granger and William "The Tech" Allison voyage into a brave new world filled with strange narrow escapes and sudden unexpected attacks. What are the supposed to do? Their escapes are getting more difficult to achieve with each attack. The pursuit by the opposition will not stop. How many times can two men narrowly escape before they are trapped or killed?
Boo Bear has a Bad Day
Series: Reading to Children. Price: Free! Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: September 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment
(5.00 from 1 review)
Boo Bear is having a Bad Day! You can read this free illustrated e-book to younger children. Do you have bad days? This little book explains why it is a bad day for Boo. The illustrations and text provide topics for discussion and asking questions. Kids will have fun looking at the pictures. There is a brief section on how to read to children to help anyone reading to younger children.
The Announcement
Series: The Election. Price: Free! Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime
Katryn Johnson is an uncommon first time political candidate for office. Political campaigns and conspiracies are common in America. Strange events happen around her. She often does the unexpected. How will she respond to them? World events, fame, and answers to important questions will change Katryn's life and American politics.
Having Fun Reading Aloud
Series: Having Fun Reading Aloud. Price: Free! Words: 7,450. Language: English. Published: November 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
The audience for using this book is anyone who reads to other people. Adults read to each other and others. Parents read and interact with children. Children like to read to younger children and adults. Anyone using this book may be healthy, ill, or shut-in, mentally or physically restricted, learning a new skill, or wanting to do something a little different. This series is about having fun.
Eyes on the World
Series: Ladder to Where, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 13,490. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(3.67 from 3 reviews)
The world is in a mess and getting worse. A secret war is going on. This war as as old as the human desire for power. Two men are being hunted. Jake Granger and William Allison are struggling to understand what is happening and why they are targeted. Could it be as simple as to stop their efforts to make Earth a better world? They have to find out fast and stay alive. Their adventure begins.