Interview with Paul Salmon

What is your e-reading device of choice?
The Amazon Kindle by far. I find reading on that screen as opposed to a brighter tablet screen much easier on the eyes. I have, however, read on an iPad, but found the screen was just too bright for my liking.
Describe your desk
I can't because it is buried under a lot of papers. Seriously, I do everything at my desk so there is paper everywhere, but for the most part it contains a lot of different computer equipment - monitor, case, external hard drive, USB hub, wireless router, cable modem, scanner, and two printers (photo and all-in-one laser).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and I currently reside there as well. I don't think my location really influenced my writing as I have always had an interest in computers and technology in general.
When did you first start writing?
I started a blog in June 2007 as a way to record what I have learned in technology. My goal was to share my knowledge so others can learn from my experiences. It was in 2013 when I first had the urge to write an ebook, but it did take some time for me to actually sit down and start putting one together. I am hoping to use ebooks as an extension of my blog.
What's the story behind your latest book?
SImple - a way for me to put what I have learned in a large medium than a simple blog post. I tend to write several blog posts on a single subject, and an ebook allows me to create one published work that can include as much information on a single topic as I like.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
For me, it was something new that I haven't tried before. I have written technical articles in the past, but writing something longer than an article appealed to me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The same joy that I get from my blog - having people thank me for solving a computer problem that they have spent much of their time trying to solve.
What are you working on next?
Probably another technical ebook. I am looking to write one more devoted to a piece of software that I didn't mention in my last ebook, but I find it to be a very valuable piece of security software.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Simply knowing that stuff needs to be done.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Raising my five boys and working take up most of my time. Most spare time I fill with spending time with my wife and blogging.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through blogs and social media. If I am interested in a particular topic I will usually do a search on Amazon to find an ebook to download to my Kindle.
Published 2014-04-05.
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Books by This Author

Securing Windows: How to Protect Your Computer Properly
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,540. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Security, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Operating systems
Securing a Windows computer is something most people don't want to think about. While it may seem complex, you can easily secure a Windows computer with a bit of time and no money. Written in an easy-to-follow manner, this book will take you through the process of properly securing your Windows computer from Vista through to Windows 8.