Interview with Nightroad Books

How do you approach cover design?
I approach covers with simplicity in mind. I want the reader to remember a symbol or just the title alone after reading the book. I myself am a person who finds books with simple covers appealing. As long as the text isn't too flashy, or the words look nice and I can easily see and remember the title, I will always remember my experience with that book.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Detroit, MI. Detroit is a big, busy city. Most of the press about Detroit is negative, but that's only for people looking from outside. When I was a kid, I loved the city. As I got older, it got worse to the point where a lot of my friends started moving away. I see Detroit as a phoenix that is currently in its burning phase. When it does rise up from the ashes, it will be born anew, and people will flock there.
When did you first start writing?
I was five years old. My first stories were actually Disney's Aladdin fanfiction. I wrote about Jasmine and Aladdin getting into new adventures with Genie coming to visit them. I was obsessed with that movie as a child. I think that's what got me started with writing, and I've been writing ever since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, Heat is the first short story of its kind that I wrote. It just happened. There's not really a story behind it, except one of my characters decided that he wanted me to know the story about how he met his boyfriend. Believe it or not, Heat started off as a first person tale that was later rewritten in third person. I'm going to skip first person from now on and just write everything in third. It'll save me the hassle of extra editing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got tired of people telling me that I needed to go through a traditional publisher to get published otherwise nobody would look at my writing. I'm just ready for people to read my work, that's all.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fact that what I'm writing will entertain someone someday. I just want to tell stories, and that's what I will do well.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world. My fans are the reason why I write. I write to entertain them, I write to give them something to read, something to look forward to, and to distract. Because life gets hard sometimes, and what better way to chill and relax than reading a story, right?
What are you working on next?
I am working on a sequel for Heat, and hopefully I will get the first volume of my scifi series uploaded soon.
Published 2016-08-31.
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