Interview with John Lee

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always been interested in writing stories, but the more I looked into the usual way of Publishing the more I realized it is very hard to get recognition from the many Publishing Houses. Add to this it costs a small fortune
to get ones book made into a hard cover, and quite often they only Publish a small amount and rely on Supply and demand. Self Publishing on line is not as hard as one would think, as long as the font is correct, and the paragraphing is correct, and you possibly have someone to peruse your Manuscript before submitting it, well I have found things go rather smoothly.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I cannot claim any success as yet, I don't expect to ever become a best selling Author, I enjoy writing and always see the funny side of things.
Smashwords has been very helpful to me with it's ease of use.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy for me is seeing the story that has been floating around in my head for ages actually coming to life in the form of the written word.
I love to laugh and my life has been so full of natural disasters that it seems natural to me to put pen to paper so to speak.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans, all the many millions of them, oops hang on I have just woken up, it is too early in my writing career to address this question.
Oh excuse me Oprahs on the phone, sorry was a wrong number, someone called Ellen DeGeneres.
What are you working on next?
I am seriously thinking around the Title of book number three being called, "A tale of us". This would be a true though silly story of my wife Lynnie and I, from when we met to the present day.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite Authors would be Wilbur Smith, Ludlum, Tolkien, and I love Autobiographies by anyone.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I am still breathing helps, my children and Grandchildren, Bubble the Boxer dog, Sunshine,
My music singing and playing the guitar, and the fact I love this beautiful planet that we seem so intent on destroying.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to study music and learn new songs, I love getting together with friends and partaking in my absolute favourite pastime laughing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I get notifications via email on various publications, or I just go to one of the on-line sites and see what is headlining.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first ever story I fully wrote was called Our Road Trip, it was based back in the late 1970's and tells the story of a road trip that I made from Melbourne Australia to Perth in Western Australia, the characters in the story was my wife Lynnie my son Troy who was just 6 months old at the time, My dearly departed parents Andrew and Annie. It tells the story of us towing a 20 foot caravan right across the continent with no previous experience. The trip was a laugh a minute.
What is your writing process?
The first two books I have written are based on our life story, so it involved jotting things down in the correct order. I have tried to include actual photo's where possible, but in some instances I have resorted to line drawings which I do myself.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Well I don't remember the first story I ever read but one that stands out is The Lord Of The Rings. Everything that I pictured in my head from this story, the people that later made the film seemed to have read my mind.
From the character of Gollum and Gandalf to the Hobbits the characters where exactly as I imagined them, this story had me spellbound from start to finish.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of something that adequately depicts what the story is about. In my first book A Tail Of Our Doggies I settled on a rather beautiful picture of four of the dogs featured in my book. On my second book A Tail Of Our Horses I wanted to depict my idea of owning a horse. To me a horse represents Direct Debit, I wanted to show a picture of a horse eating paper money, whilst poo-ing out the back end Dollar signs, I tried various means of approaching this and finally my daughter came up with a Cartoon depiction of this, and I love it.
Published 2013-09-09.
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Books by This Author

A Tail of Our Horses
Series: Book 1 A tail of our doggies, Book 2 · , Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 53,500. Language: English. Published: September 5, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor & satire
a true though silly story of the horses we have owned over the years. I think of the horse as a direct debit specifically designed to automatically drain ones bank account. we started out with a horse as a family pet, and as we purchased more horses we one day found ourselves the proud owners of a giraffe.
A Tail of Our Doggies
Series: Book 1 A tail of our doggies, Book 1 · , Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 26,780. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
A tail of our doggies is a true and often comical look at the dogs we have owned throughout our lifetime. It tells the tale firstly about two Great Danes Charlie and Nero, two dogs of the same breed yet so vastly different. It then goes on to describe other pooches that have entered our lives, also including a snippet about the arch enemy "Spider the cat".