Interview with Paul Ian Cross

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Zeeb and the Martians, a children's sci-fi story... I still have the book, its over 30 years old.

Considering I'm about to launch my first alien children's book I have a feeling it made a MASSIVE impact on me...

Life imitating art?
What is your writing process?
I usually start by making notes on my iPhone to develop the plot and structure. I then make longer notes on my PC about the characters and then start writing. I'm definitely meant for e-book publishing, I never use pen and paper!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm not sure if it was the first story but one story sticks in my mind from my English Language lessons at school. We were given a title and had to write a story based on that title... "Lottery Losers."

I wrote a story about a dystopian future where humankind was so overpopulated that they used an international lottery to chose which people would be...well you get the drift. The story was about a family watching the lottery and hoping their numbers weren't selected... Quite dark considering I was only 14!
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing at school. I really enjoyed it but stopped writing fiction when I went to university to study science. I started writing again years later during my MSc thesis.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I knew I wanted to write years ago but didn't have the confidence to do it. I decided that life is too short and if I don't do it now I'll always regret it. It was the best decision I ever made.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Engella is a girl on the run. She travels through spacetime to escape the Hunters. I came up with the story after reading an article about string theory and multiple universes. You can find my story on Smashwords!
How do you approach cover design?
I usually get a professional to do it. I want my covers to draw in readers so I want someone with graphics and design experience to make the best cover possible.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my new Kindle Fire.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I would say word of mouth has been most effective. My friends have posted links to my books on their various Facebook groups.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
My book is now available to all the big retailers. I couldn't have done this without Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love creating new characters, their thoughts, feelings and personalities.
Who are your favorite authors?
Alastair Reynolds, Andy Weir, Joanna Penn.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually via Smashwords or on my Kindle Fire.
What do your fans mean to you?
So much! The first time I got a review from someone I didn't know was such an amazing feeling. It's great to know people appreciate my writing and makes me want to do this forever.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a children's picture book called Praxx and the Ringing Robot.

I'm also developing the next Engella book.
Published 2016-08-02.
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