Interview with Dennis Butler

Published 2018-11-25.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I actually do most of my reading on my PC. I built a laptop bench that sits across my recliner. Okay, I am lazy but I do walk three miles a day to make up for this laziness.
What do you read for pleasure?
Fiction. I like anything in any of the genres that I write in like science fiction, paranormal mystery, crime drama and just about anything that sounds interesting. I like a good western once in a while.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I really dislike spending time marketing. I would rather be writing or doing background research for my next book but I realize that we do have to do some marketing or no one will know our books exist. I post little ads in numerous Facebook groups. I guess that's about the extent of my marketing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I spent many years writing professional documentation such as project charters, user guides, help files etc. I had a mean boss who used to make fun of me saying that my writing was too colorful and had too many adjectives. Sometimes she would say things like, "What the hell are you doing? Writing a novel?" Okay then mean boss. Now I am writing novels. hahaha
Describe your desk
My recliner and laptop bench that I built. I do have a desk in the little bedroom but it's just a place to put nick-knacks.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think it is similar to being an actor. I live inside my protagonists. I become my protagonist. I don't know if I would really want to experience all the excitement and heartache they experience, but perhaps a bit more excitement in real life would be nice. I guess you could say I live through my characters.
What do your fans mean to you?
I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction by the personal contact I've had with readers. I don't know if I would actually call them fans. I think they are just regular people like me, and I'm happy I've brought them some enjoyment through my writing.
What are you working on next?
I have several ideas that will be in the science fiction and paranormal genres.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I walk three miles a day at the nature preserve here on Florida's gulf coast. Occasionally I will perform as a bassist in a rock band.
Who are your favorite authors?
Hazel Gaynor, Anni Taylor, Taylor Adams
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I frequent several Facebook ebook groups and I also just browse my favorite categories here on Smashwords.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story is still available online. It started out as a short science fiction story and grew into a short book. It's about our first contact with an alien race from a distant galaxy.
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Books by This Author

Carrick and the Blue Planet - Book Two (Angel Planet Series 2)
Series: Angel Planet. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 49,070. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
After many millennia of war, pollution and devastation, an alien race attempts to bring peace to the human race
Glisten of the Ngirozi - Book One (Angel Planet Series 1)
Series: Angel Planet. Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 35,910. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the year 2125, the crew of the Viaggio, a ship powered by a magnetic piston system, search for the source of an intelligent, narrow-bandwidth radio signal that came from somewhere deep inside the Butterfly Nebula.
Girl of the Cloud Forest
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 37,020. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
Somewhere in the Bolivian rain forest, the cure for cancer is alive and well but guarded by unseen evil forces. It may take the ghost of a beautiful spirit to lead us there.