Interview with Jeffrey M. Poole

When did you first start writing?
My parents tell me I've been writing since I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade. It was nothing serious, obviously. It wasn't until I was working full-time at a job which required me to travel two, sometimes three weeks a month when my wife suggested I start writing. She suggested every time I was sent out of town I should work on my story. My first book, The Prophecy, was written in this manner. Only a little at a time, mind you, as it took nearly four years to write and another four to finish it after I changed jobs. What can I say? I'm a procrastinator! :)
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is Lost City (Tales of Lentari #1), and it came into being because of fans of my previous series, Bakkian Chronicles, asked me to keep the series going. Lost City is the direct result of my wife coming up to me one day and telling me, "I've got a great idea for a story."

She told me her idea, and needless to say, I went for my notebook. Lost City was born!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Once I realized that you really didn't have to shell out a ton of money to publish a story and wanting to distance myself from a disastrous company who preyed on hopeful authors looking to get published (they are located in MD), I decided to become an indie author and do everything myself. Being a computer tech, and being very familiar with word processors, I prepared the interior, converted ebooks, and prepared everything myself.

With time, effort, and a lot of know-how, it is possible to release a quality book that appeals to a wide audience!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has been fantastic! They have distributed my books to retailers that I didn't know even existed. In multiple countries, mind you. It seems like every day I hear of more opportunities to expand my readership. Smashwords' relationship with Apple is awesome. I've been lucky enough to be featured in their Breakout Books promotion, listed under the Sci-Fi & Fantasy section.

I can't encourage new authors enough to create an account and get published!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing to me is to hear back from my fans. When I learn of someone sharing the story with a family member or friend, or else when they look me up either on Facebook or my blog and say hello, it makes my day. My fans are the best. I can ask for suggestions, input, or anything, and they are quick to respond.
What are you working on next?
I'm presently working on the second story of my new fantasy series, Tales of Lentari!
Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading Dan Brown, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkein, C.S. Lewis, Piers Anthony, and Lincoln Child (Agent Pendergast series). Indie authors include: B Throwsnaill, JH Sked, Robert Day, Steve Thomas, Lindsay Buroker, and J.D. Hallowell
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't think I've ever been asked that. For me, it's never been a question of getting out of bed. I want to get out of bed. I want the day to start. You never know what the day will bring, or what will be accomplished. I love doing what I'm doing. With that respect, I count myself lucky. I'm self-employed and loving it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love spending time with my wife. We play video games, read books, watch movies, work on our house, play Rock Band... :)

Interests of mine? Let's see. I love astronomy, archaeology, archery, scuba diving, collecting movies, collecting swords, and chatting with fans to get ideas and suggestions for upcoming books!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Word of mouth, television promotions, recommendations via other books, and when checking out indie books, I look for eye catching covers, gripping descriptions, and samples. I download samples all the time. If it's something that intrigues me, then I'll typically buy the book. However, for an indie author, I usually won't go higher than $4.99.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do. It was a four page, hand-written yarn entitled "The Ghost". I remember it was something about this little ghost who hid in the closet and would only come out when he thought no one was home or else no one was looking.

I believe I was in elementary school for that one.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love discovering new fantasy authors, being one myself. So I'm constantly on the look-out for something new, something original. I also love reading about mysteries and technological thrillers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad Air.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media, like Facebook, word of mouth, libraries, etc.
Describe your desk
It's a large, executive style desk with a myriad of stuff on it. First and foremost, my laptop is sitting dead center. Then to my left is my iPad Air. Then my guur coaster with my soda is to the right, along with my shotgun-wielding metal mouse (sounds odd but it belonged to my father). My notebook with all the notes for the book I'm working on is to my direct left, with my pencil and eraser sitting next to it (you never know when you'll be inspired to add/change something), and above that in the top left corner of my desk is my black binder which has all my notes in case I get a tech call (I'm also a computer tech).
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Whenever I hear of someone saying they loved the books, or else they recommended the books to their own family or friends, it makes my day. I get fans all the time stopping by the blog, or my Facebook page, letting me know they loved the books and that it made them laugh out loud, or smile, or else kept them up all night 'cause they wanted to finish it. Because of them the kingdom of Lentari has been extended. I had originally planned on just writing the three Bakkian Chronicles stories and letting Lentari go at that, but the overwhelming response from the fans was to keep the stories going. So, Tales of Lentari was born.

Thanks, guys! Any time you'd like to stop by the blog and say hello I'll do my best to say hello back! Feel free to friend me on Facebook, too!
Published 2014-02-18.
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Books by This Author

Tales of Lentari Box Set, Vol. 1.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 303,750. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Anthologies » General
This box set includes three stories from the best-selling epic fantasy series, Tales of Lentari. Included are: Lost City (ToL #1) Something Wyverian This Way Comes (ToL #2) A Portal for Your Thoughts (ToL #3)
The Hammer is Strong With This One
Series: Pirates of Perz, Book 2 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,430. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Pirates of Perz are at it again! The action has now gone below ground, to the realm of the dwarves, as the pirates rush to find the Narian Power Hammer. Hot on their tail are husband and wife team Steve and Sarah, and wizard acolyte Gareth. Together, the three companions hurry to the subterranean realm of the dwarves to prepare for the impending confrontation!
Corgi Case Files Boxed Set: Books 1 - 3
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 183,310. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Welcome to Pomme Valley! Tag along with two adorable corgis – Sherlock and Watson – and their reluctant owner, Zack, as they solve all manner of crimes in picturesque southwestern Oregon. Included in this box set are the first three novels: Case of the One-Eyed Tiger, Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy, and Case of the Holiday Hijinks.
Case of the Muffin Murders
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,670. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A string of baffling incidents have befallen Taylor Adams, baker extraordinaire of Pomme Valley. When good friend Jillian Cooper recommends Zack and the corgis investigate, Taylor's run of bad luck worsens as multiple murders are discovered. All evidence suggests the town baker is to blame. Can Zack and the dogs clear Taylor's good name before someone he cares about becomes the next victim?
Case of the Pilfered Pooches
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,900. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
A rash of missing dogs prompts the official hiring of Zachary Anderson by the Pomme Valley PD as an investigative consultant who will – along with his canine companions – look into the matter. Zack and the corgis race against time to identify the dognapper and return the stolen dogs before the irate townsfolk take matters into their own hands.
May the Fang Be With You
Series: Pirates of Perz, Book 1 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 105,350. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
The land across the Great Sea is long believed to be uninhabited. However, the people of Lentari are shocked to learn that not only are they gravely mistaken, but their first visitors have sinister intentions in mind. They're pirates! To make matters worse, what they're searching for has the power to topple kingdoms! The Pirates of Perz is an all new fantasy series set in Lentari!
Case of the One-Eyed Tiger
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: Free! Words: 67,110. Language: English. Published: January 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
When a shocking murder shatters the tranquility of a sleepy Oregon town, all fingers soon start pointing at new resident Zack Anderson. Determined to clear his name, Zack sets out to solve the case with the help of a feisty canine companion with an uncanny ability to sniff out clues. With evidence mounting against him, can Zack identify the killer before he ends up in the doghouse?
Case of the Holiday Hijinks
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 59,100. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
A Grinch is threatening to ruin the Christmas spirit in Pomme Valley, OR, this year. Presents are disappearing from under Christmas trees with no plausible explanation how or why. Our two favorite corgis, Sherlock & Watson, are on the case along with their reluctant human, Zack. Will the unlikely trio of detectives be able to solve the case and restore the presents to their rightful owners?
Case of the Fleet-Footed Mummy
Series: Corgi Case Files. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,370. Language: English. Published: December 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
When a traveling Egyptian exhibit stops in picturesque Pomme Valley, all hell breaks loose when a valuable artifact is stolen. The prime suspect has already been identified but there’s a catch: he’s over 3,000 years old! Pomme Valley’s newest crime fighting crusaders are on the case with Sherlock, new pack mate Watson, and their reluctant human, Zack. Can they solve the crime and find the loot?
Close Encounters of the Magical Kind
Series: Tales of Lentari · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 109,230. Language: English. Published: November 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A lost species, on the brink of extinction, sends out a plea for help. Steve and Sarah Miller, along with the help of some old friends, must use all of their formidable powers to find a way to prevent a catastrophe from happening. Filled with high-flying adventure, encounters with griffins, and a brush with an omnipotent elemental, this is one vacation neither will forget
Bakkian Chronicles Omnibus
Series: Legends of Lentari. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 351,870. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
The ultimate fantasy omnibus is here! Every Bakkian Chronicles title is now available in this limited time omnibus. This bundle includes The Prophecy (#1), Insurrection (#2), Amulet of Aria (#3), and Disneyland Debacle & Winter Wonderland (short stories). Pick up your copy today!
Wizard in the Woods
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 5 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 103,030. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
The Lentarian prince has recently turned 18. Restless, and eager to impress his parents, Mikal asks his father for something to do. The king is only too happy to oblige. A certain renegade wizard has resurfaced and has been creating mayhem all across the kingdom. It's time for this wizard to be dealt with. Striking out on his own, the young prince takes on his most challenging task yet!
Thoughts for a Portal
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 4 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,310. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The adventures continue! We last saw Steve desperately trying to figure out how to get back to Idaho without the use of a portal. Stuck in a time that isn't his Steve struggles to fight extinct monsters, rescue missing villagers, and somehow protect his ancestors so that he isn't erased from existence all while trying to determine how to get home. And you thought you've had a bad week.
A Portal for Your Thoughts
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 3 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,510. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
The discovery of a mysterious anomaly has the Royal family reeling, a town riled and people missing! Contacting the Nohrin would be the safest bet for a rescue. However, as both Nohrin become victims of the anomaly’s ability to move in time and space, they must find a way to stay alive, locate the villagers and return home. Danger and excitement abound! Don't miss the next adventure in Lentari!
Something Wyverian This Way Comes
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 2 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 96,370. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
A new Lentarian adventure awaits! Pryllan wishes she could bask in new motherhood, but disaster looms: a plague is attacking dragonkind. The normally indomitable Wyverian population is in danger. Even the wrath of the (bite first; ask second) Dragon Lord will not deter her in her quest to contact a certain husband and wife team. Together they go in search of answers they may not want to find…
Bakkian Chronicles - Short Stories
Series: Bakkian Chronicles · Legends of Lentari. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,330. Language: English. Published: January 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Disneyland Debacle is a 5,000+ short story chronicling Steve and the gang's hilarious attempt to take a vacation at the happiest place on Earth! Winter Wonderland is a 7,200+ word short story that shows what happens when Mikal's parents visit the "Kingdom of Idaho" for the first time. Speeding snowmobiles and frenzied shopping sprees are just a few activities that await them!
Lost City
Series: Tales of Lentari, Book 1 · Legends of Lentari. Price: Free! Words: 113,360. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » Action
(4.00 from 1 review)
When a young dwarf child is forced to undergo a challenging quest, three warriors - and a scholar - join together to track down a long lost piece of dwarven history! Rare wildlife! Dragon escorts! Trying to solve the most cryptic scavenger hunt anyone has ever seen is proving to be more difficult than anyone had ever imagined! Let the treasure hunt begin!
Amulet of Aria
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 3 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,580. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Mikal is not safe. The sorceress Celestia has found a way to attack the prince on his bodyguards' world. Realizing this, Steve and Sarah escort Mikal back to Lentari to inform his parents. Lentari is in turmoil. Dwarves are preparing for war. Dragon raids are on the rise. To keep Mikal out of Celestia's grasp a powerful amulet must be found. Don't miss book III of the Bakkian Chronicles!
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 2 · Legends of Lentari. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,620. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.60 from 5 reviews)
Add one magic-stealing goblet, half a dozen dimwitted trolls, and one conceited wizard. Next add one kidnapped member of the royal family, one concerned son, two bodyguards, a soldier, and an adolescent griffin. Throw in a pinch of green dragon. Mix well and you will have yourself one fantastic action-packed fantasy adventure sequel set in the magical kingdom of Lentari!
The Prophecy
Series: Bakkian Chronicles, Book 1 · Legends of Lentari. Price: Free! Words: 131,250. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.18 from 11 reviews)
Griffins, Dragons, and BNPs (Bugs of Nightmarish Proportions). Who knew? It seemed harmless enough. See a mysterious door and step through to see what happens, right? Now stranded in a magical kingdom, husband and wife search for a way home. However, enlisting the aid of the king and queen has given them their biggest shock yet: Royal Babysitters. Some days it didn't pay to get out of bed.