Interview with Joshua S. Friedman

What are you working on next?
Book 3 of the Dog and Troll series. I just finished writing it, now I like to take a couple weeks off and read some other books, sort of as a palate cleanser before I do the final edit. I recommend this for all authors; take a break and come back and finish your work after you've had some time to step away from it.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love authors who get deep into character like Stephen King and Anne Rice, and I also enjoy reading authors who do a lot of research into what they write about, such as Michael Crichton, and Arthur C. Clarke; who get a lot of information from actual scientists, so you feel like you're also learning something new as you read.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to peruse the free-section of smashwords and see what other new writers are doing. I also enjoy getting in touch with those writers by reviewing their work and writing helpful comments. At first, I was leery of doing this, because I thought a lot of people would write back, "Forget you, what does that guy know?" But, moreover people have been writing back and thanking me for the free advice.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. The first story I ever wrote was back in the fifth grade, entitled "The Lost World of Walla-Walla-Bing-Bang". I wrote if for a class-periodical in which, every student had to include a unique story of their own. Initially, my story was a knock off of Indiana Jones, and my mother and sister laughed at it. Disheartened, I never stopped writing, 'though naturally, I never shared another story with my mother or sister until I published my first novel. I'll tell you one thing, they're not laughing anymore.
How do you approach cover design?
I make all my covers myself. I wouldn't necessarily call it a process, I just envision the way I want the cover to look, and then I attempt to create it with programs such as Photoshop and SnagIt.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as a military "brat"; moving every couple of years or so. Back then, having to relocate and make new friends seemed like the hardest thing in the world, but now I look back on all the places I've lived and all the people I've met. That's resource material you can't buy.
When did you first start writing?
I've always been a writer. As a kid I'd write my own comic books. As a young adult, I branched out into poetry, short stories, and writing music, as I play a number of instruments. In my twenties I began writing full-length movie scripts which, in turn, evolved into writing novels.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There's not much room for aspiring authors in today's world. Most publishers won't even give new writers the benefit of the doubt, so there's not really much of an option: either be an indie author, or none at all.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have a lot of fans, but the ones I do have I cherish. Having people believe in you and looking forward to your next story is like having an invisible safety-net; it doesn't matter how high you fly or how far you fall, there's always someone there rooting you on.
What's the best advice you can give to aspiring new authors?
Be tenacious. Don't give up. Nothing worth doing is ever easy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I read a lot. A lot. But, the earliest books I read that still stand out are: Stephen King's "The Eyes of the Dragon", "The Hobbit", and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". I don't know if reading at an early age really had much of an impact on me, but it certainly served as an escape from the cruelty of everyday life. By-the-by, does anyone remember "Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator"?
What's your next project?
Currently, I'm working on the next installment of "The Dog and Troll series". I'm also laboring away at a new poetry book and of course, "Twisted Falls". I like to juggle projects.
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Books. No gizmos or gadgets. Just books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Just getting yourself out there. Marketing is by-far the toughest part of free-lance authors. Smashwords, Createspace, Twitter, Facebook, GoodReads, blogs, creating your own website. Just try and utilize the internet to connect to as many facets as you can. That's what the web was designed for. The more you inch out onto the limb, the more people see you dangling from a tree, or something to that effect.
Describe your desk
What's the most exciting thing you've written this year?
Recently, I was offered the chance to ask Stephen King a question via GoodReads' November news letter. I've always wanted to pick Mr. King's brain, but when I finally offered the chance, I couldn't think of a single thing to ask him. Ironic, right? (eventually I thought of something, time will tell if they decide to use my question in the interview).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
By living the dream, baby! Living the dream!
What is your writing process?
Too many people sit before a blank page or word document. I like to picture each scene in my head, like watching a show. Then when my fingers start to twitch, I sit down and the words just flow from my fingertips.
Published 2014-11-02.
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Books by This Author

Twisted Falls
Price: Free! Words: 15,780. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American
A screenplay written by the author of the Dog and Troll series.
Return of the Perennial Optimist
Price: Free! Words: 32,460. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A collection of poems, songs, blogs, and shorts from the author of the Chronicles of Dog and Troll series.
The Ticket
Price: Free! Words: 3,490. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
A short story by the author of The Dog and Troll series. Novelist and best-selling author, Elena Morraco made a living giving her readers the willies. But her stories never scared her. She was looking for real horror, she was searching for true terror. Then she received an anonymous email, inviting her to stay at the Degrassi estate.
All Father and the Shark
Price: Free! Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: October 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
All Father and the Shark is a short story by the author of the Dog and Troll series, depicting what transpires when an alien virus attacks Earth.
Price: Free! Words: 4,020. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Scott and Kate get more than they bargain for while vacationing in a cabin off the shore of Lake Huron.
The Day the Whole World Went Away
Price: Free! Words: 18,940. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
Adam Keplinger wakes from a New Year's Eve Party only to find it's three days later and the world has ended. Against crazed survivors and seemingly possessed children Adam seeks to find his kid sister... if she hasn't already been taken by the Sweetie-man.
The Chronicles of Dog and Troll: Book 3 - The Fall of Al'ber Que
Price: Free! Words: 122,180. Language: English. Published: March 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The third installment in The Chronicles of Dog and Troll series.
I've Always Been a Poet, 'Though I Didn't Always Know It
Price: Free! Words: 13,310. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
A collection of poetry.
The Chronicles of Dog and Troll: Book 2 - The Diary of Myriam Star
Price: Free! Words: 212,820. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The second installment in the Chronicles of Dog and Troll series. Set so far in the future it feels like the past, and blurs the lines of traditional genres.
The Chronicles of Dog and Troll: Book 1 - Of Dog and Troll
Price: Free! Words: 130,380. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The first book in the Chronicles of Dog and Troll series, sets us in an Earth-based post-apocalyptical world set so far in the future it feels like the past; blurring the lines between traditional genres.