Interview with Emmanuel Obi, Jr

When did you first start writing?
One of my uncles bought me a ridiculously old computer - so old that it had a switch to turn it on not a button. It ran MSDOS. So yeah, pretty old. It was at my grandmother's house on top of an old model (antique in a way) record player. A wooden record player that had long since stopped working and was the size of large writing desk.

I was in about fourth grade and whenever my mom, sister and I would go to my grandmother's, which was pretty much every Saturday and Sunday, I would write. The first story was called "Creature of the Night" a werewolf in a town. I don't remember the exact plot but at some point the military created their own werewolf with a chip in his head to fight this werewolf but the modified werewolf fell off a cliff and into the ocean which screwed up his chip and made him evil as well . . . As I am typing this I am laughing at the imagination of 10 year old me.

However, I really got into writing at this point and loved doing it, in all forms, ever since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Currently, I am working on the sequel to my first collection of short stories "Bruce Howard: Gentleman with Brass Knuckles". The main character is a private investigator and each story centers around a different case. I wanted it to be "toilet reading". Take a break and read a quick story.

I actually added a twist at the very end of the first book and the beginning of this sequel that has taken the character into a direction that I am really excited about.

I can't wait until I'm finished.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Very simply, I am impatient and did not want to wait six months for a response from a publisher. Once I started publishing online I realized that it was a much more direct contact to readers and a great way to get input.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I find a few I will let you know ;-)
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When you have a concept that is just flowing out of you and there is a moment, like being in a zone, when it feels like you will never stop writing. Everything is coming together perfectly and it feels serendipitous.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In terms of hobbies, I love film making. It's all low-budget and terrible but it's great. It all started with wanting to do more with my writing and with film making I can produce the film, write the script and direct.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Tremendously. My stories have been distributed all over the internet and I have been able to receive great reviews. There are great tools and analytics that I can use to track progress and determine what readers are leaning towards.

My only wish is that Smashwords analysis would show the author in what parts of the world the books are being downloaded.
Published 2016-07-07.
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Books by This Author

The Struggle
Price: Free! Words: 1,850. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
Life can be a struggle. We all need reminders from time to time of why we endure.
Dryver part 3 of 6
Series: Fear the Unknown. Price: Free! Words: 2,550. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
Part 1 and 2 Available for free. Read them first!!! WARNING: Violence and strong language Be careful who you ride with...
Bruce Howard - Gentleman with a Loaded Gun
Series: Bruce Howard P.I. - a noir series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 107,470. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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https://youtu.be/nG6tGnPJrSY Bruce constantly finds himself in pursuit of someone else’s truth and case after case this arrogant womanizer proves he is the best at what he does But when the one person Bruce cares about, a young boy named Timmy, is in danger, rage consumes Bruce. The demons from Bruce’s past begin to re-surface and the secret shame that he had been running from is revealed
Dryver part 2 of 6
Series: Fear the Unknown. Price: Free! Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Part 1 Available for free. Read it first!!! WARNING: Violence and strong language Be careful who you ride with...
Barrios & McCloud #3: Case# 18555 part 2 Noir Monthly - September 2016
Series: Barrios & McCloud - a noir series. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,500. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
READ ISSUE #2 - Available for free WARNING: Violence As the assault on the Middleton Police Department Third Precinct continues, Barrios and McCloud must find a way to save their fellow officers, men and women they consider family, from the fire and rain of bullets that are consuming their home.
Dryver part 1 of 6
Series: Fear the Unknown. Price: Free! Words: 2,580. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
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WARNING: VIOLENCE AND CRUDE LANGUAGE Be careful riding in cars with strangers... Available as an audiobook!!! https://soundcloud.com/emmanuel-obi/audiobook-short-story-dryver-part-1
Barrios & McCloud #2: Case# 18555 Noir Monthly - August 2016
Series: Barrios & McCloud - a noir series. Price: Free! Words: 6,690. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Warning: Violence and crude language. A brazen daylight assault on the Middleton Police Department Third Precinct leaves several officers dead. Shrouded in smoke from the explosion and under heavy fire from every direction, Scott McCloud is trapped and must figure out a way to save himself, his partner and whoever else has survived in the third precinct.
Versus: Game of Thrones
Series: The Versus Dating Series. Price: Free! Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: July 24, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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Warning: Graphic, lewd and highly inappropriate language Jon Snow or Ramsay Bolton Tyrian or Jamie Lannister Cersie or Sansa And more... Who is worthy of your love? Who do you marry and who do you only have a One Night Stand with? And how can I tell you this in the most inappropriate, potentially comedic way?
Barrios & McCloud #1: Case# 17361 Noir Monthly - July 2016
Series: Barrios & McCloud - a noir series. Price: Free! Words: 5,500. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
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WARNING: Crude language, Violence When a bear at the Middleton Zoo is seen snacking on the remains of a person in it's exhibit, Barrios and McCloud are given the task of discovering how a man ended up on the menu. It's possible that the man fell into the exhibit but chances are there is far more to the story.
Snake Bitten
Price: Free! Words: 3,230. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
WARNING: Violence A man that dedicates his life to helping an underprivileged neighborhood learns very violently that this neighborhood has no problem devouring him and his son.
Guardian Angel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
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When an attack on her family forces her powers to emerge Angela finds herself loving her family from afar . . . but is her family safe? Does love survive beyond death? A short story that I am thinking about making into a novel.
26 Miles
Price: Free! Words: 860. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
The day after the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013 I felt compelled to write a short story, but I never released it. Now I am. There is no political agenda, it is not based on a true story, it is just a story.
Versus for Women: Good vs Evil
Series: The Versus Dating Series. Price: Free! Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2011. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
WARNING: Crude and offensive humor Neo vs. Agent Smith, Peter Pan vs. Captain Hook, Voldemort vs. Dumbledore - who will win in the epic battle of . . . luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuve.
Versus for Men
Series: The Versus Dating Series. Price: Free! Words: 2,160. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2011. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
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WARNING: Crude and offensive humor Look for Versus for Women It all comes down to Xena vs. Barbie. Who would you take home
Versus for Women
Series: The Versus Dating Series. Price: Free! Words: 2,090. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2011. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Anthologies » Flash fiction
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WARNING: Crude and offensive humor (Versus for Men coming soon) So you have a date lined up with Superman for Saturday night and you get a phone call from Batman. He wants to know if you are free Saturday night. Do you ditch Superman for the Dark Knight or do you stick with the Man of Steel? Finally there is an answer . . . .
Tell Tale Heart
Price: Free! Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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WARNING: Strong violence Poe's grim and malevolent style was always amazing to me and a source of inspiration in a lot of my writing and artwork. One of my favorite short stories, The Tell-Tale Heart, is a perfect example of his mastery of story telling. Tell Tale Heart is a modern day version of this story. It is a look inside the mind of a young boy that viciously killed his little brother.
Bruce Howard - Gentleman with Brass Knuckles
Series: Bruce Howard P.I. - a noir series, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 44,740. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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FREE FOR HALLOWEEN! ENDS OCTOBER 31! ENTER PROMO CODE: JN74C WARNING: Violence and sexual content. Volume 2 - Gentleman with a Loaded Gun - now available What's better than violence . . . sex. The charmingly arrogant (or chauvinistic) and rough-around-the-edges private investigator, Bruce Howard, has seen his share of thongs and danger and is more than hap
Daddy
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » American, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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WARNING: Strong violence, Strong language and adult themes. Not suitable for all readers. The first time any father holds his child he makes a promise. What would a father do to keep that promise . . . With his daughter in danger a man takes on a city to find her.
Case of the Dead Pediatrician
Series: Bruce Howard P.I. - a noir series, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 5,280. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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After a pediatrician's dead body crashes through his office window, Bruce Howard begins an investigation that leads him to believe that maybe this man is better off dead. Should he even bother trying to find the killer? The third story in the collection of Bruce Howard Like this story? Download the full collection: Bruce Howard - Gentleman with Brass Knuckles
Case of the Sphinx
Series: Bruce Howard P.I. - a noir series, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 4,590. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
The second installment in a short story series featuring Bruce Howard; the lady-killing private investigator. In this case, one of his “bed buddies” comes to him for help when a serial killer has targeted her as the next victim. Previous short story: Noir – Case of My Missing Love Like this story? Download the full collection: Bruce Howard - Gentleman with Brass Knuckles
Case of My Missing Love
Series: Bruce Howard P.I. - a noir series, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 5,060. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
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The first in a series of short stories chronicling the cases of Bruce Howard, a charmingly intelligent private investigator that has more heart than he realizes. In this case, his young neighbor, Timmy, asks for Bruce Howard’s help in finding his missing mother after coming home to a puddle of blood. Like this story? Download the full collection: Bruce Howard - Gentleman with Brass Knuckles