Smashwords Interviews

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Minerva Ree Vera

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, of course. Haha, yes I read a lot but if I'm not writing I'm spending time with my family and friends. My daughter keeps me on my toes, so my days are never boring. I love watching movies (horror and musicals are my favorites) and often have something playing while writing. I like having background noise.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I tend to go straight for romance and poetry so a I'm always open to suggestions. It keeps my literary palette fresh and exciting.Also, thanks to social sites and blogs, I've met many incredible writers who have not only become some of my favorite authors, but wonderful friends as well.
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A. E. Walnofer

When did you first start writing?
My mom has an audio tape of three-and-a-half-year-old me telling a story that I made up. I'm pleased to say that the tale actually makes sense.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm fascinated with the fact that people have been "only human" throughout time. One thousand years ago, some woman in present-day France was embarrassed about the size of her feet. Two hundred years ago, a teenage boy in present-day Japan celebrated that he was chosen to attend a prestigious school far from his home. In the early 1800s in England, I'm sure there were plenty of wealthy young men who had horrible mothers, and a lot of highly intelligent young women who were forced into servitude just to survive. Years ago, I started to think about two such characters living in the same palatial home and what their interactions might be like, and what they might evolve into over time.
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V. L. Bending

What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction and fantasy! I have an insanely fast reading speed compared to most people, so I go through a lot of books. Next down the preference list is probably entertaining-factual: popular science books and the like. Then actual science books - I love finding out how the universe ticks! And finally, a slightly guilty pleasure here, I enjoy a good laugh at books written by whackos - you know, 'the pyramids were built by aliens who now live under the north pole' sort of nonsense.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My bitty little Sony. It's a *looks at back* PRS-350, and it's big enough to display a decent number of words at my preferred (admittedly small) font size, but just small enough that I can put it in my coat pocket! Occasionally I forget it's not a book, and close the cover to try and see the picture on the front...
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Alex Rushmer

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the very first story I read (it was probably Doctor Seuss), but I remember my dad reading the Harry Potter series to me at a very young age. From that point forward, I knew that I wanted to be like J.K. Rowling. That story has really been a driving force in my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a story involving young kids fighting demons and trying to get to their dad in Bellingham.
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Chris James

[Transcript from Island Radio Broadcast, Palma de Mallorca. April 30, 2015] Today, our guest is Chris James, a former murder squad detective in the UK and author of recently launched novel: "Alchemy: a story of perfect murder". Welcome, Chris.
Thanks, John. Great to be here.
Here's the book, Chris. I gotta say, "WOW!" Just the cover gave my wife nightmares!
It was meant to get attention. Guess it worked!
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K French

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when my family and I moved back to England from living in Perth, Western Australia. My youngest child had started full time education and I had time on my hands to pursue this new chosen career.
I had been developing the idea for Muse for some time but finally got the opportunity to put pen to paper when we moved to Hertfordshire.
I always wanted to write. I love reading books and wanted to see if I could rise to the challenge of becoming an author.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I would say that where I grew up strongly influenced my writing. I was born in Sheffield, which is in the north of England, close to Manchester, and Harrogate where the story of Muse is set.
Although the characters are fictitious, there are indeed elements of their personalities that have come from people I have encountered in my life whilst growing up in Yorkshire, some more than others.
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Nicole Martinsen

Describe your desk
I like to call my workspace "organized chaos" due to the odds and ends occupying its surface at any given time. These trinkets often have sentimental value for me, like a rock, for example. I picked it up from a forest preserve I frequented with my brother the summer before moving to Texas, where I went to high school. I wrote the date on it with a gold, paint-based pen. These things come in handy to me while I'm writing. When I look at that rock I generally think of childhood, nostalgia, and transition -things that characters will often go through. To anyone else, my desk must look like a battlefield, but to me it's a garden of things I hold close to my heart.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Like my bio says, I grew up in the village of Skokie, Illinois. Now don't let the word "village" mislead you -it's bigger than most cities across the U.S.A. (at least 60,000 people, last I checked). I'll be frank and say I wasn't the most outgoing child in my neighborhood. The early 2000s had very little coverage of the topics of introversion or bullying, so someone like me that faced both of these realities was often pegged as the odd-one-out. My subsequent isolation led me to libraries, and characters I deeply admired. In a way, I felt like they were cheering me on during the toughest days, so when I started writing I decided I wanted to make stories where you can feel the protagonists, rather than read about them. In short, I wanted to make stories that could go out and touch someone's heart in a way no breathing person could.
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Thomas John

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
SMASHWORDS has provided the platform to allow me a chance to get my debut book for sale internationally. For me, that IS success. Commercial and critical success is a much more difficult mountain to climb. It is a well known fact that the average e-book sells less than 200 copies. I'm hoping to sell more than that, and I'm hoping the readers that purchase my book enjoy it as much as I loved writing it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy creating the scenes and conflict, but getting positive feedback is phenomenal. I've had some wonderful feedback during the "beta reader" process. One reader told me he cried at the conclusion of an emotionally charged scene. I was walking on air for days!
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Michelle Kohlmayer

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Clermont County Ohio. I was adopted by a Gayle and Rudy Kohlmayer, Whom I owe my life to, for raising me in spite of my eccentricities. Threw my entire life, I dreamed of doing good, and taking care of my fellow man. Cain was known for words which show a hatred too many people live by: "Am I my brothers keeper?"
I believe (and this is my philosophy) That I AM my brother and sisters keeper. I live by this simple idea, and wear it (figuratively) as a badge of honor. My Characters are modeled after my own personality.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing 5 years after I married. My spouse (who is my soul mate) has stood by me in every decision I made, and is my reason for believing in myself.
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Courtney Calderbank

Describe your desk
Quite cluttered, filled with lots and lots of notebooks, and with pens everywhere. My computer only just fits on it!
When did you first start writing?
Very, very, very, early.
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