Interview with Jeffrey M. Poole

Published 2014-02-18.
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!
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