Interview with PJ Gordon

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Zealand, But since I was 17 I have been traveling and following my passions. I think a blend of my own reading and dreaming verses all the places I have been and things I have experienced along the way have influenced my writing. I am still new at it so I learn with each new paragraph, chapter and book that I create. The world and life has no limits, so neither should your imagination!
When did you first start writing?
I love to loose myself in stories. When I work out I listen to books on CD through my ipod, or read my nook on the elliptical machine at the gym. I read when it's sunset time and I have a drink in hand, I read on the beach. Sometimes I'll have several stories going at the same time, my husband calls it escapism! I'm a dreamer!
One day I was out on a deserted island surfing, but the waves were kind of big for me, I am still learning, so I decided not to go out. Instead I wanted to go for a run but didn't have my ipod with me. I HATE listening to my breathing as I run, so I decided to go for a run and dissolve myself into a story. That day I made up the first few chapters of The Snowball Effect, on Masonboro Island in North Carolina. From there it just kept evolving, that was July 2010, I have no idea where it will keep going, but it's fun!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have a series going on. It is revolved around two siblings that had an extremely unusual upbringing, having been taken as children and trained, with other children in a secret camp. The training is different for each child depending on their natural talents and skills. They were being prepped for criminal activity and terrorism. The first story is of their escape and the discovery of who is behind this school, along with that the ball starts rolling and uncovering lie after lie, layers of information start to open up, revealing their worst nightmares.
The second book is their quest to stop the school and rescue the other children, but first they have to find it and stay ahead of the man running it. Each book I bring in a new character that has been effected by the school and the subsequent upbringing. Each individual a talent unto themselves and armed with incredible training.
The third book is back on American soil and is following an old graduate. A man lost and determined to keep the army alive through whatever means necessary. I am still in the midst of this story, who knows where it may lead!! Keep posted!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was free! I have never tried any writing before and I read all sorts, good, average, bad! After reading so much for so long the idea came and I just went with it, what can I loose? To start something and see it all the way to the end is an accomplishment in itself. Practice makes perfect, so I hope my books get better as I go, Thus far, I would say they are! Being an indie author with smashwords gives me that chance.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Being there. Being available for us. Being free. Being easy to use. Just existing!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone says they liked your book. When the mind engages your story and you can just flow and write away and become apart of this world you yourself have created.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I wouldn't say I have fans, I am not so great with marketing and I am still new to this so no fans!! But, maybe if I keep going and getting better and word can spread that I have created a great story....who knows!
What are you working on next?
Misty Hill. Number 3 in my series, The Kovak Series.
Who are your favorite authors?
I like a few actually, authors I stumbled upon on my nook. Authors where I really feel the characters. I began my whole reading craze while I was travelling in Indonesia, Someone handed me a Clive Cussler, needless to say I had read everyone if his, twice within that year or two....after that I did the famous ones when I had access to a library, tehn my husband got me a NOOK for xmas. I found JD Nixon, who is hilarious and awesome writing at the same time. I have been recently obsessed with LS Sygnet, got sucked into his complex main character and twisted plots....more always around the corner.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
work, skiing, surfing, writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
working/saving to travel, skiing, surfing, cooking.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
searching through my nook.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The Snowball Effect.
What is your writing process?
If its not there I don't try. If it is, then make a cup of tea, pull the couch to the tv, plug my laptop in and go for it. Hope my husband doesn't come home for a few hours!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
YES! Clive Cussler. and I have read about 5 thousand books since! I'm an all or nothing kind of person.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a passion for photography, so I go out and create the image I am looking for. The Snowball Effect cover was after a snowstorm at my old house, a long dripping icicle hung from my garage, behind it was snow laden tree and grey clouds. Thought that was ominous and cool.
For The School when I was in the Dominican Republic a few months later, the lady I lived next to had these tiny little beat up old school chairs, I found the crusted paint on the rooftop and put the chair on that and took a pic making the sepia tone for the end result.
With Misty Hill, I may have to go for a surf trip to Santa Cruz for that! But I will wait until the book is finished before thinking too much about it.
Published 2013-12-20.
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Books by This Author

The School
Series: The Kovak Files, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 52,790. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Sequel to The Snowball Effect this fast paced book takes us on a high stakes mission into the baron land of Russia. Siblings looking for redemption track their criminal mastermind father in an attempt to stop him from creating his own army by abducting and training children in the world of terrorism. But the hunters become the hunted as they run, hide and crawl to stay alive in pursuit of justice
The Snowball Effect
Series: The Kovak Files, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,260. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
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Years ago siblings Mishca and Sam escaped a brutal training camp. But things are not as they seem as suddenly they find themselves on the run targeted by unknown pursuers. As truths are exposed about their unusual past, the worst kind of betrayal begins to emerge entangling them unwittingly in a web of lies and evil. To stay ahead and alive they need those very skills forced on them so long ago.