Interview with Jerrold Benford

What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like to read inspirational books that get my juices flowing. I read the 4 Hour Work Week and now I'm reading the Influencer. After a few chapters, I'm ready to take on the world!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I used my iPad. I'm an Apple guy and it's stuck to me like glue.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find that word-of-mouth works best for me. Of course, using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram don't hurt either.
Describe your desk
It's busy, lol. 1 laptop, 1 iPad, 1 iPhone, 1 iPod, 1 iMac, digital camera, cup of coffee (usually old and cold), post-its and miscellaneous other crap.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Virginia. My writing was influenced when I had kids. I spent a lot of time making up silly stories to entertain them and get them to go to bed. It just hit me one, "Why don't you share these stories with the world?"
When did you first start writing?
In 1999, when my son was born. The idea of writing a book took on a whole new meaning then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about my son. He's been my inspiration from day one. I just wrote the stories but never produced them. My daughter is the reason I've taken this to the publishing level.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ease of producing a book, to me, was a no-brainer. Technology has given many of us something most traditional publishing companies would have never given us, the opportunity to bring our ideas to life and to the public.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They have made it easy to bring a dream of mine to light. To see my work realized and have the means to offer it has been surreal.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Seeing the expressions of children enjoying my imagination and taking that imaginary ride with me.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. They give me purpose and reason. They also give me inspiration and determination. I love to create an air of want and more importantly be able to fill it. I appreciate anyone who appreciates what I do.
What are you working on next?
The second installment of the Shauny B. series and a book about my daughter. I can't wait till I finish them!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. My family. Sunshine. I enjoy the gift of life in its simplest form. I'm inspired to create some form of beauty for other's lives. To give to others is what gets me up and out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I'm performing. I'm a stand up comedian. I enjoy making people laugh whether it's on a stage or in a book.
Published 2015-05-24.
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Books by This Author

The Super, Incredible, Out of this World Imagination of Shauny B.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play, Fiction » Adventure » Action
This book chronicles the wild and imaginative mind of Shauny B. He loves to create fantastic stories that he writes down and illustrates. Through imagination, he takes his readers to strange places where he encounters the craziest characters and wildest adventures. Enjoy!