Smashwords Interviews

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D J Thomas

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My alarm clock. It sits just out of my reach so I can't hit the snooze button even though I really, really want to.
Who are your favorite authors?
Name an author who infuses their writing with wit or playful humour, and I'm likely a fan. I prefer reading stories that help me escape the stresses of the day. I love being transported to other times or other worlds. Raymond Feist was perhaps my first favourite author. His Magician series made me want to read more. John Wyndham, John Steinbeck, and F. Scott Fitzgerald are somewhere on that list. Of course, my tastes are eclectic. Jane Austen, Jennifer Weiner, Margaret Atwood, and Tina Fey are also on my list. Being a kid at heart, I'd have to include J. K. Rowling and Rick Riordan too. Everyone has their indulgences : P.
Published: February 25, 2017. Read Full Interview

Kimberly Black

Who are your favorite authors?
I've loved mysteries since my third-grade obsession with Nancy Drew. I still grab an Agatha Christie every chance I get. I also enjoy Rex Stout, Dashiell Hammet, and Raymond Chandler. I love the gothic style of Daphne Du Maurier, too!
I adore spies, so definitely a fan of Ian Fleming. As far as my contemporaries, I like Terry Blackstock, Paula Hawkins, and Pamela Fagan Hutchins.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The book that changed my life was Little Women. I probably read it a dozen times through elementary school. I was determined to be Jo March!
Published: February 25, 2017. Read Full Interview


I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Honestly, I can't think of a time when I wasn't jotting down story ideas. I graduated from college with a major in English and a minor in Psychology, which (hopefully) helps my grammar and character development, respectively. I wrote my first book in 1993 and tried to self-publish it, only to have the publishing firm close down and keep my money. Yeesh. Years later, I decided to try again, and I released my first book, Black Bird, in 2003. In 2010, I decided to devote more time to writing, and it's since become a full-time job. Besides writing several long-running newspaper columns for local papers here in Dayton, I've written and published eight books, including four works of fiction and four collections of my newspaper stories and essays.
I have no idea. I just try to follow the advice from Stephen King, outlined in his awesome book "On Writing:" be open to the ideas when they come, let your mind know you're open to new ideas, and ALWAYS write the down--you never know when they'll come in handy.
Published: February 25, 2017. Read Full Interview

Wendy Van de Poll

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find complete joy when writing. The journey gives me a time, place, and direction to talk to and about the animals I love.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! The pure enjoyment of living a full and beautiful life! The mysteries to solve, the animals to talk to, the all encompassing beauty of nature.
Published: February 25, 2017. Read Full Interview

حورس حاثور

من هو حورس حاثور؟
حورس حاثور هو مؤلف كتاب تكنلوجيا الأثير العملية القديمة ، وعضو ورئيس أخوية الورود الحديدية ، حورس حاثور يسعى إلى مساعدة الجميع في تحقيق ما يرغبون به في حياتهم وفق التقنيات المحرمة على الشعوب ، بشكل عملي وسلس سهل سريع ، كما أن الغاية الكبرى هي زيادة الوعي لدى الجميع ومعرفة الطريق في الحياة
ما هي تكنولجيا الأثير أصلاً؟
سؤال جيد ، تكنلوجيا الأثير هي فن وعلم تحقيق الرغبات في الواقع من خلال الإرادة الحرة وفق قوانين الأثير أو الطاقة المحيطة بكل شيء ، والتي تسمى تشي ، الطاقة الكونية ، الأثير ، الأورغون ، الريكي ، الفيض ، الأود ، الطاقة النجمية ، وغيرها الكثير من الأسماء بإختلاف الثقافة ، في الواقع تقننيات الطاقة هي تنتمي تحت بند تكنلوجيا الاثير ، وبالتالي في هذا الكتاب ستجد تقنيات تستخدمها لتحقيق ما تريد وفق قوانين تكنلوجيا الأثير الصحيحة والتي تمكنك من تحقيق ما ترغب به وفق الشروط
Published: February 25, 2017. Read Full Interview

Júlio C. Carlos

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reading device of choice is my laptop, although I use the phone to read something before going to bed sometimes.
What is your writing process?
I make a draft, (of the whole book), and once finished, I leave it for like a month or so, without touching it, and when I decide to publish it, I revise it, re-write it, re-revise it, edit it, and publish it. (This is for the poetry works).
For the novels, (coming soon), I write a chapter, edit it, sketch the following plots according with the main plot of the entire book, and spend 12 straight hours writing a single chapter. Then sleep for like 12 hours, and then repeat until the book is finished.
Published: February 24, 2017. Read Full Interview

Sunset Publishing

Who are your favorite authors?
Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Frank Herbert, and Sun Tzu.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My beautiful wife and daughter. Also the opportunity to create something new.
Published: February 24, 2017. Read Full Interview

Lina Landess

How do you approach cover design?
For Heart Breaking Open I wasn't sure how the cover could convey the title or what those words actually mean to me, but it all came to me in a dream. Or rather, as I woke up one morning. The image was clear: I saw a heart with a tear down the middle with butterflies, representing transformation, emerging from that broken open heart. It seems important to me that the image and the title are in alignment such that even without the words, the message is clear.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite books tend to be somewhat biographical and personal-growth or spiritually oriented, based on experiences or insights that the author has had. My five favorite books at this moment fall into that category. They are: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, Garlic & Sapphires by Ruth Reichl, On Having No Head by Douglas Harding, The Dream of the Earth by Thomas Berry, and Recovering a Sense of the Sacred by Carolyn Toben. There are more than five, of course, but I think you get the idea from the above list. There are other books by Brene Brown & Ruth Reichl that I've also enjoyed, but I think that's an interesting mix.
Published: February 24, 2017. Read Full Interview

Aqib Ali

What are you working on next?
An Epic fantasy novel series.
Who are your favorite authors?
Raymond E Fiest, H.P. Lovecraft, Brandon Sanderson, Stephen King, Robert Jordan.
Published: February 24, 2017. Read Full Interview

Sandy May

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story was in Romanian about Christmas traditions in Transylvania. I published it on line on a local site.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
To tell the truth, I do not remember the first story I read, but I remember my summer holidays as I child when I couldn't take my eyes off from books. I read hundreds of adventure novels, most of them written by classic writers: Karl May, Jules Verne, J.F. Cooper, Daniel Defoe, Jack London, R.L. Stevenson, Mark Twain, Alexandre Dumas, Victor Hugo, Radu Tudoran, Constantin Chirita etc. Their books gave me the courage to assume risks in order to change my life.
Published: February 24, 2017. Read Full Interview