Interview with Jake Gillette

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always had a fascination with stories and film. I had a very active imagination as a child and that has carried over into adulthood. I finally got to the point where I realized I had stories to tell, and it was time to start sharing them with the world!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a great platform for distribution that allows authors a full publishing platform with out of any cost out of pocket. This is very important in the indie world, as not everybody does this as a profession. Every dollar counts and so this platform has allowed me and many others to reach into multiple markets from one dedicated dashboard. It is incredibly easy and powerful.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing allows me to explore thoughts, ideas and feelings. Sometimes they are from my perspective and sometimes they are from the perspective of how a character would feel or think. This allows me the ultimate creative expression as I might have a reason for an idea that I write, but it is up to the reader to interpret it. They might come up with a completely different idea or thought than was even intended. It makes for a fun and creative outlet for writer and reader alike.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am a musician as well as an author, and I can say this with the utmost belief. The fans are EVERYTHING! Without fans or people to see or hear, what we do means absolutely nothing.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a couple of story ideas and also some musical projects. I have another long form novel in the works as well as a shorter novella style series. I am set to hopefully release one more writing project this year(2015) and also 2 full length musical releases via (CD and Digital) one with my progressive metal project AfterThought, and another with a yet un-named project.
Published 2015-03-13.
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Books by This Author

Argent's Illusion
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 68,010. Language: American English. Published: March 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
In a time long forgotten, a peaceful kingdom would stand against the darkness. Led by the promise of power beyond his dreams, a brother would betray his king. Along with a dark wizard, he would awaken an evil being from the underworld. A young boy must learn the ways of magic that grows within him. Only he can stop the darkness from destroying the world.