Smashwords Interviews

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Aku Sedodo

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up, I found myself in the quiet suburbs in the second largest city in Ghana. On holidays, when most of my peers would find themselves busy at play, I would find myself some of my dad's novels and read. Occasionally my dad would get me new ones when he saw how interested I was. It took a book gifted me by my Uncle to get me thinking about writing. And I've been writing ever since that young age, the quiet atmosphere being the back bone as in the silence my thoughts flow freely and I channel it through a pen onto a paper
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story of Choosing came about as I was thinking about life and how we make the choice to hand our will over to God for his will to become ours. I was sort of in a state where I was wondering if I made the right choice in choosing for the Lord's will to be done in my life and there the idea was born.
Published: August 14, 2017. Read Full Interview

Ross Venner

Your first books are about boats and sailing - are these very important to you?
I've knocked around boats and harbours all my life. Yes, these things are important to me. It's among sailing folk, yachties and professionals I've found much of my life that has shaped me.
Well, if boats are important to you, what was your first boat?
She was a 10ft clinker lugsail dinghy built by Hampers of Fareham. We called her Sparrow - Brown small and lots more like her. Sadly sparrow are far less common in England today.
Published: August 13, 2017. Read Full Interview

Tracy Sillato

When did you first start writing?
I always enjoyed writing from poems to music lyrics to stories. However my first published book was 'My Maasai Experience: Reflections.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Malta surrounded by family and friends. From a young age, books were my preference over toys. My parents used to spend hours reading us stories. As soon as I learnt how to write, I started dreaming of writing my own books.
Published: August 7, 2017. Read Full Interview

Gerry Orz

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I always loved to create stories - started when I was 5 or 6 years old. It's an amazing feeling to be able to create my own world with unique, interactive characters that may exist only on the pages of my books or in my films.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I hope "Lucky or Not, Here I Come" will inspire people of all walks of life to believe that each of us has a purpose in life and everything is possible if we believe first of all in our own abilities
Published: July 28, 2017. Read Full Interview

Adeline Merson

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing, to me, is being able to put down whatever you want and to be as creative as you want to be.
What do your fans mean to you?
No matter what your profession, whether an artist or a writer, your fans mean a lot because they motivate you to keep going.
Published: July 24, 2017. Read Full Interview

Qudus Oko-Osi

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the city of Lagos, Nigeria. Lagos is the economic capital and commercial nerve of the country. It is a place that is full of life and rich in cultural heritage. For me as an African author, I try as much as possible to reflect Lagos life--the struggles, the beauty, and the attractions of the city in my writing. That's a way it influences my writing.
What is your genre of writing and why that genre?
I love writing African romance and thrillers. Why? Well, first and foremost, I am an African, a Nigerian like I said before. And by African romance and thriller, I don't mean the traditional, epic kinds of story. I say African because they are stories about African characters on the soil, streets and cities of Africa. I enjoy this genre of writing because it affords me the opportunity to code-mix the stories with our rich African languages and to imbed some of our cultures and values. They become easy for African readers to relate with and provides the opportunity for non-african readers to gain insight into the life, cultures, and values of Africa. For me, it's a way of projecting Africa to the world.
Published: July 19, 2017. Read Full Interview


Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Wales, though I don't think it had any influence on my writing. My biggest influence came from my uncle, George Evans, who was a scriptwriter. He counted The Navy Lark amongst his many successes.
When did you first start writing?
My first recollection was when I was seven or eight. I wrote a humorous adventure story that incorporated many of my classmates. I wrote it during the mid-morning and mid-afternoon lesson breaks when it was raining - so plenty of those, being in Wales. One breaktime, my teacher came over and asked what I was doing, so I showed her. She looked it over, liked what she saw and asked if she could read it out to the class. I agreed, and they all loved it.
Published: July 19, 2017. Read Full Interview

Alex Retter

When did you first start writing?
Around the age of eight. I embarked on an epic fantasy series which was, naturally, entirely a ripoff of my then obession; Final Fantasy. I moved onto drawing through my teens, before returning to writing in my early twenties.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Tristan Merryweather is an amalgamation of several different sources of inspiration. His hometown of Cheltenham is based on my own. A peculiar place, Cheltenham is a middle-class town of Regency architecture and curious characters who seem to come from all walks of life. Tristan, being a slightly pretentious dandy, would find in here quite easily. The decision to make his stories a series of shorts is in order to explore as many different investigations as possible, while also demonstrating the exact circumstances which have led Tristan to being where, and who, he is.
Published: July 15, 2017. Read Full Interview

Donna Curtis

What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, I want them to know no matter what happens in your childhood, you have the ability to do and be anything you wish. Provided you are willing to work hard and learn the correct way to handle most situations.
What are you working on next?
Thinking about writing short stories, ranging from funny things that occurred during my Nursing career, and as my children grew up.
Published: July 14, 2017. Read Full Interview

Frank Touby

How do you approach cover design?
I tried to picture Darkheart as described in the novel. My visual imagination and competence at Photoshop don't mesh.
My imagination is stunning, but I'm no artist and though I have spent over a decade using Photoshop almost daily, it was really Illustrator I should have used for the cover.
Sadly, I have no competence in Illustrator. Soon I'll find an artist who can render Darkheart as near to my imagination and the cover will metamorphose.
The writing is completely done. The book continues to be a work in progress with only the images pending.
What do you read for pleasure?
Newspapers, magazines, opinion journals. I'm a journalist. I can't help myself. I like adventure fiction.
Published: July 10, 2017. Read Full Interview