Interview with Raymond Crane

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My first writing effort was with song lyrics began about twenty years ago, and published on Amazon Kindle, titled - Lyrics Selection. My first work of fiction was a novella, titled - The Secret Journals of Alien X. This began as a whim and challenge and gave me confidence to continue. This is my only work of S/F.
How do you approach cover design?
I USUALLY SELECT AND COLLAGE IMAGES SUGGESTED BY THE STORY.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Anything by O. Henry, Javier Marias, Henry James, John Banville or Katherine Mansfield.
I prefer fine literature which all of these authors provide.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read romance literature.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Don't have one, I prefer paperbacks.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Putting up blogs, essays, articles, interviews on sites like Booksie.com and participating on sites like Amazon, Goodreads etc.
Describe your desk
A big clear table, lots of room, lots of open space.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Adelaide, Australia. Some of my stories are based in Australia such as The Adventures of the Southern Warbler, and, - The Animal King of Nineveh.
When did you first start writing?
About 35 years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A romance based in Palma de Mallorca in two volumes. Two main male characters, and four main female characters. It is a static/dynamic novel of cosmopolitanism and intrigue.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am not an indie author, I am a post modern writer. I found it hard to find a publisher, so I'm starting with my E-books on available sites that have no fee.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I hope Smashwords gets me recognised and onto the lists of top internet sites and bookshops.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is a reason and inspiration for living.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans will be like friends and I shall answer all questions.
What are you working on next?
Promotion of my 12 plus works, mainly via the internet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Previously answered.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To begin work. The mornings are packed with meaningful and rewarding events when I use my lap-top.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
cooking, gardening, walking, travelling, socialising.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Browsing book sites and researching authors and similar writers.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Previously answered.
What is your writing process?
Usually think of a plot then all the pieces fall into place. For my two volume novel I thought of a theme and location first.
Why do you describe yourself as both modern and post modern?
Why do you describe yourself as both modern and post modern?
All of my novellas and my collection of song lyrics are in a modernist style, little character development, plot driven.
My two volume novel, - Palma de Mallorca Mystique is post modernist with character portraits and exposition of the themes of love and romance.
Why do you describe yourself as both modern and post modern?
all my novellas are modernist in style. My two volume novel is post modernist.
Published 2018-07-02.
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Books by This Author

Breakaway
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,960. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A modern tale of modern Spain that describes the life of a young man who rebels against his tyrannical father. For those who know, this story is closer to the truth of modern Spain than you will see anywhere in the media of today.
The Secret Journals of Alien X
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,330. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Have you ever loved an alien? Have you ever been married to an alien? Find out what it’s like.
The Animal King of Nineveh
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,870. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
The 1950's - imagine it, travelling from Iraq to Australia, and to most magnificently return - this is the fate of two brothers, and here is there story to read.
Reichstag Archipeligo
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,620. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
A sexually charged lawyer fulfils his wildest dreams. He travels from Australia to India and there, beyond his wildest imaginings he is fulfilled. As well as all of this he solves an international humanitarian problem, and therefore he is the most just hero of this story.
Lady Sun
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,680. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
An historical novella about a Chinese princess in the second century AD. She travels to Greece.
Devils' Playground
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 42,830. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Travel, Fiction » Coming of age
A contemporary adventure novel, that is, it is rather French New Roman in style, with some interior monologue.
Sara's Satellites
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,730. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Switzerland, an urban contemporary romance. What more needs to be said, everything and more!
The Beach
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: June 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
This is a highly amusing tale with a tragic end. Very romantic, happy but finally sad.
Lyrics Selection
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,550. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A collection of 115 song lyrics in a modern pop/rock style. If you are interested in love or the wider field of romance or perhaps just a little humanistic philosophy this heartfelt expression should be right up your alley, so take it at your pace, perhaps just one a day and sink into feelings that we all have felt or could feel. Another day , but oh what a day it will be, I would not want to pass
Last Words
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,420. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Biographical, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
A biographical fiction in which a woman about to die outlines her career as a successful novelist.
Justice of the Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,500. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Legal
A contemporary YA Romance showing the working life and the love life of an unusual young lawyer, who turns out also to be very lucky.
Palma de Mallorca Mystique
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 226,180. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Literature » Literary
A contemporary YA Romance in two volumes... In the first volume Franz the German and Sebastian meet Penny and Chloe on the Grande Paseo of Palma, what more needs to be told, everything and more. In the second volume out two male héroes meet Ingrid and Gretchen, two German sisters. This is the most exciting exposition of Post Modern Romance currently available. Take it in.
The Adventures of the Southern Warbler
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,200. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Birds, birds, and more birds. An epidemic of beautiful birds. What will Australia do? This story was inspired by a love for birds.
The Templar Mafia
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,690. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Modern Spanish Romance. A Spanish experience as only one who knows can tell.
Cupid's Reign
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,420. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Urban
Contemporary urban Romance - YA