Interview with Brandon Benevides

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the clean neighborhoods of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. I couldn't say that this has influenced my writing in any way or whatever, but living here has been too peaceful for me. I wanted to do something wild, and it would seem high fantasy fiction seemed to be the most satisfactory thing I ever done when I branched out to working for comic creators, which has been my current goal for years.
When did you first start writing?
When I was 15 or 16 back in high school, during the time when English was my most preferred subject. Short story writing and poetry written by me was a major influence during my time in school, even my mentors and teachers would regard me as ' the most scholarly student' they knew. I belived them too since I was very mature for my age, which led to teases from my fellow students, some of them even calling me an 'old man' for behaving better than them and dressing very sharply. Since I heard the praise of my peers, I continue on my raw career in literature since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I learned that the traditional way is near impossible nowadays, which is understandable and yet ridiculous considering that I have heard some weird titles these days. Though being independent s the first step for anyone's writing career these days, because if a legit publisher won't take you, where will you go to next? POD, like I did, and with minimal, but satisfying, results.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The fact that I see my reviews. I consider the reviews to be the most sought after thing new readers will find upon seeing the front cover of my book. But if there's no opinion from someone, then chances of them reading will drop drastically. Smashwords thankfully has many reviewers all across the board, and that, I'm glad for.
What do your fans mean to you?
It's hard to say. I have received quite some praise from a very small audience, but it hasn't been very vocal to me. While I know that there is someone who appreciates my work so much, I never hear it like say, everyday. If I heard praise everyday, then I consider those fans special to me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I have to go to work in blue collar labor or I don't get paid. Especially in the wee hours in the morning. Makes me sad that not many people know that I work my butt off every day while balancing my writing career.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Video games. It gives me the inspiration that one day I would be on the writing staff for a game one day. That probably won't happen in another 10 or 20 years!
Describe your desk
Flat and made of wood, littered with a phone, wallet, headphones, and the laptop I'm using to type this answer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Nope. Although I do remember that it had something to do with bullying...I must've have been quite an advocate for such a topic!
What is your writing process?
Normally, I write as I go. Then I look back and refine the plot, then edit. Writers block usually follows after that.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I know that DeviantArt.com has been a good help to me. It's where I started posting my work!
Published 2013-09-02.
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