Interview with N Koss

What do your fans mean to you?
My family are my biggest fans so far and I hope to extend my fan base. They like most of the things I do. I make an impression on them. I inspire them with my ideas and motivation to finish things that I start. My oldest grand daughter is already writing books at age nine and her mother, my oldest daughter would write stories when she was five. As a child I told my stories to other kids and they liked them so much that they would request the story be told again. When I was a teenager I told them at bedtime to the children I babysat and they liked them.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a sequel to my first book, The Lunar Ring. It carries on with the characters from the last chapter of The Lunar Ring. It also continues a parallel story from the characters in the first chapter of The Lunar Ring.
Who are your favorite authors?
I made a photo collage of most of them for inspiration on my computer screen. Earnest Hemingway, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Robert Louis Stevenson, J.D. Salinger, Louisa May Alcott, Agatha Christie, Patrick O'Brian, T.S. Eliot, J.R.Tolkien, Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, Lewis Carroll, Roald Dahl, Herman Melville, and the newer authors, Clive Cussler, Hugh Howie, David Baldacci, Dan Brown, Anne Rice, Suzanne Collins, Stephenie Meyer and J. K. Rowling. My daughter had a dream where a spiritual angelic person said to her, "In order to see a good person, you must be a good person" I thought it was cool and I changed the words to "In order to be a good author, you must read a good author." I really believe in this.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee and something sweet to go with it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, thinking about cool things to write, and other creative things. I keep busy and do too much. It can hinder my writing effort. Even daily life takes too much time away from writing. My briar patch would be a prison cell where I could do nothing but write. I have many books in my head whereas I do not have the time to write them.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I could not afford such things. I am a starving artist. Literally. I check out books from my public library.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, in elementary school. It was about a duck and it was voted the best which allowed me to go to the young authors conference.
What is your writing process?
I make a timeline of events or major event for each chapter. I do a little research for historical things or write a daily journal of ideas for my events. I have a checklist of things a good story should have and try to incorporate most of them. I strive to be original in my work and not a Stephanie Meyer knockoff.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
We were early readers in my family. It was probably a Dick and Jane book. I loved the cat, Puff and I loved the situations. Life is full of curve balls and you do not know what will happen next. I try to keep predictability out of the equation in my work.
How do you approach cover design?
I talked to the experts, you know the guys that are working for a publishing company and printing out the books. I did some research and bought this expensive $727 computer program called InDesign CS5. I bought a $30 book separately to learn the program. Using a good photo of the moon my youngest daughter took with her professional camera, I did it all. I made a regular book cover for a paperback and a larger dust jacket sized book cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
#1 "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger because no one wants to grow up.
#2 "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne because his stories take you to new places.
#3 "The Time Machine" by H.G.Wells because I wish I could time travel.
#4 "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott because family is so important to me.
#5 "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll because life is an adventure in a very strange place.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly fiction. Historical fiction or maybe a biography about an interesting person, like Tesla, Albert Einstein, St. Patrick, St. Padre Pio, Teddy Atlas, Frida Kahlo, Frank Lloyd Wright etc...
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I can not afford marketing but I liked the idea other authors have done by making bookmarks introducing their books and leaving them at libraries.
Describe your desk
My lap on an old leather couch. I like to be comfortable.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the suburbs outside of Detroit. We were free range children and came home when the streetlights were on. And we waited until the one nearest our house to be on before we came home. We didn't watch a lot of T.V. We played kick the can after sunset when we spent the night over our friend house. Some parents were less strict than ours. We had a middle class family so there was some out of state trips to CA, AZ, NM, Mexico, Washington D.C., FL, and Canada. My father was a fisherman so we stayed at a lot of campgrounds in Michigan including the U.P. I think the experiences in the suburbs and traveling outside the state does help in describing places/scenery.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing short stories or children's stories when my children were young.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I took my characters to places out of the norm and made their life more interesting than usual. That is the story behind the story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Indie? We are becoming over stimulated by new classifications, types, divisions, hashtags, etc... Please stop before I have a seizure.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is seeing my granddaughter writing. Her inspiration of my inspiration is inspiring.
Published 2015-12-19.
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Books by This Author

The Lunar Ring
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,820. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
When Danielle discovers a plot to destroy the moon, a phone conversation to her best friend Narnia about it is illegally tapped by a rogue government. When Danielle and Narnia decide to write a fictional conspiracy book about it, they become separated. They both encounter adventures while in constant danger.