Interview with P.D. Workman

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Outsiders, S.E. Hinton - one of my first exposures to the lives of youth gangs or social issues
The Hobbit, LOTR, Silmarillion, JRR Tolkien - okay, so that's five books at once, but I love the whole journey from mythology to epic fantasy and a personal journey
Anything by Dick Francis - I love the level of heart-pounding tension, sympathetic characters, the complex mystery
The Pigeon, Jay Bennett - like S.E. Hinton, a journey into the world of the young offender - love the hard-hitting bare bones dialogue
Nero Wolfe books, Rex Stout - fabulously colourful characters, complex plots, and gourmet eating
What do you read for pleasure?
Thriller, mystery, fantasy, general fiction, Christian/Amish romance, cookbooks... pretty much anything with a fast-moving plot, good characters, and no 'adult' content.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle on iPhone.
When did you first start writing?
For as long as I can remember, the blank page has held an incredible allure for me. I have samples of stories and booklets that go back to my early childhood. I collected notebooks of all shapes and sizes with plans to fill them with words and stories. By grade four I found that inventing a story in my head could rival the joy of reading one from a book. I wrote and bound a series stories about a rabbit, painstakingly typed on my dad’s Selectric typewriter and illustrated by tracing pictures.

In grade five, I spent a lot of leisure time creating a Narnia-like world of my own. I drew pictures of it… unicorns, rainbows, forests, mountains in the distance. There were six meals a day, with names like nibble and munch. I didn’t write a word of the story, though I imagined the plot line, which included my arrival in the land via a pair of magical red tennis shoes.

In grade six I had a language arts teacher who had a box full of pictures to use as story prompts, and we would write a creative writing story every Friday. I loved it. I wrote a number of stories about a pair of magical black dogs with glowing red eyes. In grade seven I continued to enjoy creative writing at school, much of it about horses, my new obsession as I read every book in the Black Stallion series. I started to write my first full-length novel, a classic plot line about a class of school children who get marooned on a deserted tropical island. No, no Lord of the Flies here. It was all about survival. I went to a young writer’s conference and talked about it. I read it to the kids I babysat. I never finished it.

Then at the age of twelve, I finally did it, I wrote my first complete novel. It was full of fantastic ideas. It was the spring board for many stories over the next few years.
How do you approach cover design?
I pick a title and a compelling image from the story, try to find an image with a Creative Commons License, or purchase a licensed image that is close. Then I create a concept cover in Photoshop, and send it over to my cover designer on Fiverr to fix it up and make it professional.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Still just starting out on that. Kindle freebie. Talking to family/friends and having them share with others.
Describe your desk
Desk? Right now I'm sitting on my bed with a couple of pillows behind me, stretching out after a long run. I love my new MacBook Air which is small enough and has a good enough battery for me to toss it in my bag and write pretty much anywhere. I throw it in my backpack to take to work (okay, I use a desk there) and write over lunch. I take it with me when I have to drop off or pick up my son somewhere, in case I have ten minutes waiting in a parking lot for him. The breakfast table. The couch in front of the TV. With this little computer, my desk is wherever I want to be.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Several times over the years, I have taken up the pen and dabbled with contacting publishers, submitting to contests, etc. And each time, the joy has disappeared and the creative juices have dried up. And I’ve gone back to my hermit-like writing existence, proclaiming that my estate can publish my work after I’m dead.

But at the same time, I've watched the indie market mature, making it possible and even mainstream to publish your own work to Kindle or other electronic formats. I decided that the time was right, both for the market and for me, and started out by reading "The Naked Truth About Self-Publishing". Wow. After that, I was incredibly excited about starting out on this venture, and having full control of the process.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I just finished the first draft of "Tattooed Teardrops". I wanted to tell the story of a convicted murderer trying to reintegrate into society.

“I don’t plan on getting in any trouble.”

Tamara had thought that when she got out of juvie, things would be easier. But before long, it seems like her life is spiraling into chaos. If she can’t prove to her probation officer that she is innocent of the allegations against, she’s going back to prison, and she just can’t let that happen.
What are you working on next?
Book #2 in my "Between the Cracks" series. I have lots of back story that I am expanding into a new novel.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to create and get to know new characters, to see what they are going to do and what they can achieve. I like to see how they change and progress (or not). And I want my readers to understand and empathize with people who think differently and have had very different life experiences than they have.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is a fabulous resource, making it possible for me to publish in a format that 100% of electronic readers can use just by publishing to Kindle and Smashwords. What a great idea. While I expect the majority of my sales will be on Kindle, Smashwords has my back for everything else.
Published 2014-02-12.
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Books by This Author

Stirring up Murder
Series: Auntie Clem's Bakery. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,660. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Erin is making her delicious gluten-free goods at Auntie Clem’s Bakery and things couldn’t be going better. The only sleuthing Erin is doing this time is to track down the half-sister she never knew she had. But when that sister turns out to be not quite who Erin expected, and there is yet another body, Erin has some choices to make.
Vanishing Teardrops
Series: Tamara's Teardrops. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,280. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
It was her second chance at parole, and Tamara knew this time that it wasn’t going to be easy. That ended up being the understatement of the century. In a new environment, trying to be a parent for the first time after years of not being allowed to make any decisions for herself, she didn’t know how she was going to make it.
Tortured Teardrops
Series: Tamara's Teardrops. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 118,420. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Tamara French is back in juvenile detention, and things are not going well. Have her experiences on the outside affected her so much? The staff can’t figure out what is wrong, and Tamara herself can’t explain what is going on with her.
Two Teardrops
Series: Tamara's Teardrops. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 94,240. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Returning to juvie after breaching her parole, Tamara finds that everything is the same as when she left, and yet everything is different. She fights to reestablish her rep while increasingly troubled by emerging memories.
Allergen-Free Assignation
Series: Auntie Clem's Bakery · Auntie Clem's Bakery. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 76,350. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Erin Price, gluten-free baker turned sleuth, is happy to be dabbling in a murder that this time is too old and too cold for her to be considered a suspect. As Erin begins to unearth the buried secrets of Bald Eagle Falls, she is forced to confront her own family’s dark history, a history which she knows little about.
Dairy-Free Death
Series: Auntie Clem's Bakery · Auntie Clem's Bakery. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 71,970. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Erin thought that after Angela Plaint’s murder was solved, everything would settle back to normal in Bald Eagle Falls and she could become part of the Norman Rockwell lifestyle. But the peaceful life that she had pictured remains elusive as her family’s past. Then her own past comes knocking on her door.
Ronnie
Series: Between the Cracks. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 129,170. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Ronnie was the one child in the Simpson family to escape from the abuse and grow up in a normal home. That was what Ronnie told herself.
Gluten-Free Murder
Series: Auntie Clem's Bakery · Auntie Clem's Bakery. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,130. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
The grand opening is marred by just one thing, the death of her business rival, Angela Plaint. It appears that Angela was poisoned by one of Erin’s cupcakes, making her a prime suspect.
She Wore Mourning
Series: Zachary Goldman Mysteries. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 82,940. Language: American English. Published: January 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Private Investigator Zachary Goldman’s life isn’t all roses, but he tries to put his own shattered life behind him to investigate the death of five-year-old Declan Bond.
Breaking the Pattern
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 255,520. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Get books 1-3 of the Breaking the Pattern series all in one ebook package, and save!
Endless Change
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,330. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Parker’s mother always said he jumped into things without thinking first, and that’s exactly what he did when he saw Dakota, cold and hungry, fending for herself on the city streets. How could he ignore the pain and fear in her dark eyes?
Chloe
Series: Between the Cracks, Book 4. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 121,690. Language: American English. Published: August 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Chloe had always been the perfect daughter. Diligent, obedient, good at caring for the other children when Mom wasn’t home. She always worked hard and did everything she was asked.
Making Her Mark
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 121,760. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Coming of age
When everything changed, Kelli thought she would be happy. But nothing really changed. Kelli’s life has never been easy. She’s always faced her problems head on. She’s strong and savvy and in charge of herself. All of that is about to change.
Loose the Dogs
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,510. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
He would never forget walking into that trailer. He saw it in his mind every time he closed his eyes. He woke up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat, seeing those eyes and those teeth, screaming soundlessly, gasping for breath.
Medical Kidnap Files #1-3
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 227,230. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The first three Medical Kidnap Files are gathered together into one compendium for your convenience and additional savings. You will find: Mito, Medical Kidnap Files #1 EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2 Proxy, Medical Kidnap Files #3
Proxy, Medical Kidnap Files #3
Series: Medical Kidnap Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,080. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Fourteen-year-old Seth Wilcox has been admitted to the hospital forty-eight times, according to his mother’s latest social media posts, when Social Services steps in and takes Seth into care, believing his mother suffers from Munchausen by Proxy and Seth is not safe in her care.
EDS, Medical Kidnap Files #2
Series: Medical Kidnap Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 80,250. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
With a long string of unbelievable stories to explain her frequent injuries, Social Services sees Katt is the stereotypical abused child. When she is admitted to hospital with yet another broken bone, they do the only logical thing to protect her, removing Katt from her mother’s custody.
Mito, Medical Kidnap Files #1
Series: Medical Kidnap Files. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 87,780. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Gabriel has dealt with mysterious medical issues his whole life. Just when he finally thought that they had all of the answers and he was on the road to good health, he is apprehended by DFS on the grounds of medical neglect.
Enemy of Light
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 329,620. Language: English. Published: January 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Enemy of Light is a collection of four complete stand-alone mystery, suspense, and thriller novels by P.D. Workman.
In the Tick of Time
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 75,660. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Amateur sleuth
Matt Malloy, infectious diseases expert for the DOH vector-borne disease division, knew there was something wrong with the Buffalo Head infection cluster as soon as it hit his desk. But knowing it instinctively and proving it were two completely different things, especially when his boss and coworkers already suspected that, battling sleep deprivation, he’d already gone around the bend.
Intersexion
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,440. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Taylor is a teen teetering on the edge of a steep precipice. Disowned by his family, living on the street, battling abuse and prejudice, he struggles to discover who he really is and how to carry on with life.
A Single Soul
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 260,820. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Get three stand-alone novels by award-winning author P.D. Workman. Three boys fight to escape violence and abuse. Thought-provoking and eye-opening stories of poverty, gang violence, mental illness, and domestic abuse will inspire readers of all ages and remind them of the power of family and friendship.
Dark is Deepest
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 373,650. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
Get four stand-alone novels by award-winning author P.D. Workman. Follow these four teen girls from vastly different walks of life as they search for something better. Thought-provoking and eye-opening stories of poverty, prejudice, mental illness, and addiction will inspire readers of all ages and remind them that they are not alone.
Once Brothers
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 111,400. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Jacob, fifteen and a loner, never thought he’d get mixed up with a gang.
Michelle
Series: Between the Cracks, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 122,570. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
When Michelle asked to be taken away from her abusive mother, she never expected to lose everyone she loved in the process. They said they would keep her and Kenny together. Her daddy said he would be back. And she never even got to say good-bye to Marcie.
Pursued by the Past
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,230. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Vanna had a good life. She had her challenges—like her mother’s high expectations of her—but all in all, she had a job she enjoyed, a fun hobby and friends. She didn’t need any complications.
Questing for a Dream
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,030. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
Nadie is a bright but rebellious teen growing up Manitoba Cree. Living in abject poverty, she tries to help care for the younger children in the band. Devastated by the drowning death of her little cousin and unable to overcome her grief, Nadie leaves the band.
Lion Within
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 116,370. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Leo is a troubled young man, constantly on the brink of disaster. In the midst of his own emotional turmoil, Leo meets Elizabeth, single mom of a newborn, with a lot on her plate and a past that she won't acknowledge. Can Leo reach Elizabeth, and at the same time, come to terms with his own past?
Cynthia Has a Secret
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 95,100. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
One day, fifteen-year-old Carmina Knight’s life was perfect, and the next, she’d lost everything. Her family, her home, almost everything that she knew. Alone on the streets, she can’t trust anyone, but she also can’t make it alone.
June & Justin
Series: Between the Cracks, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 153,060. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
He already failed June once. He wasn’t there when she needed him, and because of him, their lives will never be the same. June is everything to Justin, and he must be everything to her. He must protect June at all costs. Justin is prepared spend the rest of his life keeping her from getting hurt again.
By-Pass, Breaking the Pattern #3
Series: Breaking the Pattern. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,220. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
It’s better when she’s happy. Bobby is a geeky teen who is convinced that his new foster home is everything he has ever hoped for. His foster mom Katya is so different than any he has ever had; but as her behavior becomes more and more unpredictable and disturbing, he comes to realize that both he and Katya’s daughter Zane are in trouble.
Those Who Believe
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 106,640. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Religion
On the run from Social Services and others who do not understand their beliefs, Nathan and his mom, faith-healer Billie Ashbury move into yet another a new town.
Don't Forget Steven
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,150. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Steven is accused of murder. But that isn't the worst part. The really bad part is not even knowing if he did it.
Tattooed Teardrops
Series: Tamara's Teardrops. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,800. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller & Suspense
Top Fiction winner for the School Library Journal's In The Margins literary award, 2016. Tamara had thought that when she got out of juvie, things would be easier. But before long, it seems like her life is spiraling into chaos. If she can’t prove to her probation officer that she is innocent of the allegations against her, she’s going back to prison.
Diversion, Breaking the Pattern #2
Series: Breaking the Pattern. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 100,410. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
Raised to a life of crime, Sandy is a teenage prostitute, junkie, and con artist. She always joked that her Da taught her a trade, that it hadn’t hurt her to be brought up like she was. But things keep getting more complicated, more dangerous, and Sandy doesn't want to admit even to herself that she longs for an honest, normal life.
Stand Alone
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 103,340. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Is Justine crazy? Everyone thinks so... Her mother. The kids at school, and the teachers and administrators too. Even the police who pick her up from her night rambles. Maybe them most of all.
Ruby Between the Cracks
Series: Between the Cracks, Book 1. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 162,630. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
If you asked Ruby, she'd tell you she's happy with her life. She's tough and independent and doesn't depend on anyone else. The road that has led her here has not been easy, and she's blocked a lot of it from her memory. But things aren't as rosy as she would have everyone believe.
Deviation, Breaking the Pattern #1
Series: Breaking the Pattern, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 57,680. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
Everyone knew that he was a good guy; geeky, responsible, hard-working. Henry has had a lot to deal with in the past. Now, as he should be focusing on his schooling and preparing himself for the future, he is hindered by abuse, the challenge of raising his baby brother while dealing with his mother’s deep depressions, and the return of a ghost from the past Henry has tried his best to forget.
Looking Over Your Shoulder
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 92,520. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Just because you're paranoid, that doesn't mean someone isn't out to get you. A victim of late-onset paranoid schizophrenia, Abe is losing his family as well as his mind. In the wake of one of the largest successful jewel heists in history, Abe is certain the jewel thieves are out to get him. But are they really, or is he just losing the battle against his inner demons?