Interview with Dennis Butler

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.
Published 2018-11-25.
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Books by This Author

The Journal of Sharise Sills: Companion short story to Indigo Tears
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,490. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Companion short story to the human trafficking novel, Indigo Tears. This short story tells the story of one of the trafficking victims who were held in captivity for thirteen years. Sharise tells her story in her own words as she writes in a journal. This story is fiction.
Tomorrow Once More: A Novel
Price: Free! Words: 86,900. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Tomorrow Once More is a two part, science fiction, time travel adventure. Both parts are included in this book. The story begins in the year 2234 where a solitary scientist is about to embark on a one-way trip into the future. Scientists have spent decades working on forward-only time travel. There will be no return trip for Lane Mason.
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
The Good Reaper: A Novel
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 85,840. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
An alien race has traveled 9,000 light years to reach Earth. They brought with them, a cure for cancer and all infectious diseases as well as advancements in propulsion technology. But is the human race ready to welcome a superior race? Is the human race ready to move beyond the narrow-mindedness of a territorial mentality? Is the human race prepared to trust strangers from a far-away world?
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.
The Slave Shack: The Book of Mumboo Conteh
Price: Free! Words: 74,790. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Romance
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Slave Shack: The Book of Mumboo Conteh is African American Historical Fiction. It is a story told by two characters who lived in different centuries. The wrap-around story is set in modern day Georgia and is told by Marcel. Marcel reads the journal of a slave (Mumboo) who lived 200 years earlier after finding his journal. The lives of Marcel and Mumboo are mysteriously connected.
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.
The Lost Souls of Gingerbread Lane
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 73,880. Language: English. Published: September 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Crime
(5.00 from 1 review)
An unemployed software engineer accidentally develops a video app that enables him to speak to the dead and it seems the dead have unfinished business in the world of the living. Just as there is good and evil in the world of the living, there is also good and evil in that limbo world that lies between life and death.
Indigo Tears: A Novel
Price: Free! Words: 106,010. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
An exciting, fast paced, intensely emotional page turner of international intrigue, once you crack the book, you read to the finish. Be sure to keep the tissues handy.
The Dead Passages
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 64,070. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
The Dead Passages is a series of stories within a story. The larger story is about a mysterious author who predicts the future in his books. The main character, Tim Jamieson has stumbled upon the mystery of these strange books and realizes he can change the course of history if he is brave enough to step into the stories. There are many twists and turns and surprises in this paranormal adventure.