Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Sudan (by then) and I grew up in that nation. Historically, Sudan entered into civil wars before its independence from British powers in 1956. In 1955, the first civil war between Khartoum and Juba started. That war ended in 1972 with Addis Ababa peace deal between Juba and Khartoum. Then in 1983, the second and longest civil war broke out between Juba and Khartoum again and I was born in that year. This war ended with Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed in Naivasha, Kenya on January 9 2005. You can see that almost in all my life, all I knew was war. But what influence my writing is the unusual man called Jesus. Even though there were many wars and killings including the death of all my 8 siblings, Jesus brings me hope and that is why I'm here today. After CPA and our independence, we need true peace in South Sudan. We also need technology and that is why I began writing about computers and how they work. I also write about peace making. Read my "Journeying with God" series for more information about my life and how I escaped death in many areas in my life.
Why do you choose self-publishing?
I did not choose self-publishing. I just find myself in such a situation for the following reasons. When I write my first book titled, "The Scarification" in 2012, I wanted to publish it. But the traditional publishers could not help me. I had to pay $650 or more for editing, design and publication and those days I was receiving a salary of 500 South Sudanese Pounds equivalent to $100 per a month. I tried all I can to get published, but the money issue could not allow me to do that. Because I could not pay for the service, I had only one option left and that means doing everything myself through a self-publishing platform such as Smashwords or KDP.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is all about finding and fixing computer errors using Windows Administrative tools. The main story behind is that Windows Operating Systems get slower and slower when we use them daily. For this reason, they sometimes crash costing money for repairing. But as a computer user for years, I have learned from practice and I also want others to learn things I have learned. I have no papers about computers, but I have the experience on how to fix issues when they occur. Better find the problems before they find you.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are many benefits in being an indie author. I did not really planned to be one, but I found myself in self-publishing work. I love it for the following reasons. 1. Cortrol = there is much control over my book publication that when using a traditional publishing house. I can decide to publish my book today or in five months away from now. I can make changes to my published book when needed and all these amounts to controlling when my book appears on retails sites. 2. Marketing = even those this is the most toughest part of self-publishing, I have full knowledge of my income and profit as a self-publisher. I know how many copies of my book were ordered last month and I know the distribution channels that sale my book. 3. Copyright = I hold the copyright of my books based on the platform I'm using.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords contributed a lot to my success. Smashwords is the only platform that allows me to sell my books in different formats such as plain text, pdf, Kindle, epub and more. I also reached many channels through Smashwords such as, Kobo, Diesel, Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Sony and many others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is fun even though it is undesirable for some. I just desire to inspire others before I expired. I share my thoughts with the world because when i die, my thoughts may remain and this is the driving force behind my writing career. As mentioned earlier, I love and enjoy writing about computers and how they work. I'm a theologian, yet I love the ICT in general because I use it all the time. When writing about a new software such as Windows 8, it is indeed the greatest joy for me. I enjoy writing, and I will continue to do so. It's not just for fun, but for helping others who need help.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, my fans especially those who write comments about my book are a great help to me. They are my editors indirectly because when they advice me on spelling and other writing errors, I always listen to their advice. If you are my fan, please continue your work since you are part of this mission. My fans sometimes win product activation codes just by following my blog. The product codes I offer are for Advanced SystemCare Pro a tool that fixes common Windows errors. The tool is great for all users because it has both expert mode and the standard mode. Follow me at: http://discipleshippress.wordpress.com/ then use the contact form to redeem your ASC 6 Pro activation code for 3 months.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a Christian book titled, "Jesus Christ the Teacher" a book that I believe is a must read for both Christians and none Christians. Please keep watching and see if you can get a copy for free before it costs some few cents.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really love Mark Coker. I read his Smashwords Style Guide and that is the only reason for me to make it into the Premium Catalogue. I love William Millard Erickson and Grudem Wayne for writing powerful Christian books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The Bible. A book ever written. It contains all wisdom I need about living in this world. To proof me wrong try reading a verse in Proverbs each day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time reading other people's books. Sometimes I go farming especially from five to seven PM every working days. I also love chatting with family and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for them on Smashwords.com and select them. I do the same with other retail websites.
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