Interview with Raymond Mullikin

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I am always excited about the opportunities that await me each day... The funny of writing stories, illustrating covers and cartoon concepts, and teaching art to children. Because of that, I am quick to get out of bed in the morning.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm also a cartoonist/illustrator. I either design all comic art myself, or I someone else does it based on my concept art. I also teach art/media classes at different schools. And I create game apps and animations on my free time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A lot of the eBooks that I read are from the connections that I make with other writers/artists. We share eBooks with each other. We also sometimes sign each others books, which is fun. Other eBooks are found through exploring books on Smashwords and Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first story that I ever wrote was probably a comic in Kindergarten - I have always wanted to create comics/books since I was 5. I created a Halloween comic written with the following captions on each panel: "Ghost goes up the hill" and "Ghost goes down the hill." I would bug my mom with each word to make sure it was spelled correctly.
What is your writing process?
My brainstorming process involves writing random notes and doodles all over a pieces of scrap paper... Most of it never goes past the initial stages. But when I see an idea that I am interested in, I ponder the ending first... If the ending isn't interesting enough to me, then I won't proceed further. I often write my stories mostly backwards, because I often get writers block with beginnings and its easier to write a beginning after the rest of the story is already written out. Then after I write the beginning, I sometimes rewrite the ending to make it match up better.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Ever since I first learned how to read, I've been a big reader all my life. I don't remember what was the first story that I ever read, but the one that had the biggest impact was "Harold and the Purple Crayon", which was about a little boy with a magical crayon that makes drawings come to life. After reading that book the first time, I drew a purple door in my room to go to a magical world like in the story... Boy did I get in trouble for that!
How do you approach cover design?
I scribble out different ideas. When I get an idea that I really like, I will either design the cover myself or have someone else do it for me. If I am doing the cover, I will try drawing the scene in different perspectives and distances before I decide on the final one. The final image is either illustrated in Photoshop or Sketchbook Pro with a lot of experimenting with layer adjustments and color blends.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I enjoy reading science fiction, fantasy, and detective stories. Michael Crichton and J. R. R. Tolkien were two authors that I would read often in my teen years. I would also read a lot of Star Trek, Star Wars, Sherlock Holmes, and Batman comics.

But my really favorite stuff has always been reading archeology and diaries of people throughout history. History, especially the ancient stuff, have always been a strong interest to me. I especially love the bible. I sometimes study through the Interlinear Bible, which is keyed to the Greek and Hebrew text using a Strong’s Concordance. I learn something new every time I read that book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read comics and news articles - especially the ones involving archaeological discoveries! I also like reading about technology and politics. And I read the bible almost every day, which is always an enjoyable read.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
For awhile it was the Kindle... but now its my Samsung Galaxy Note Smartphone, because its something I carry with me everywhere. I even plan out my stories and illustrations on it sometimes.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As I am still new at the whole concept of selling my books (I used to just give them away for free), I haven't had much experience with marketing techniques yet. But I have found that doing a daily web-series is a great way to gather up a dedicated reading group that I am able to market by books and other creations to.
Published 2016-05-17.
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Books by This Author

The World of Weralt (Raytoons Graphic Novel)
Price: Free! Words: 10. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Graphic novel
One ill-fated night, mysterious creatures called Deorcs attack Timothy's home town in the kingdom of Albian. Timothy makes a pledge to his people that he will venture to the Weralt Mountains to find where these horrendous creatures came from. Timothy must escape evil Deorcs, deadly dragons, shadowy winged beasts, ghostly apparitions, giant water serpents... and even a despicable traitor!
Jonathin Quackup of the Planet Weralt #1 (Raytoons Comic Book)
You set the price! Words: 10. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Comics & Graphic Novels / Superheroes, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
Jonathin Quackup flees with his family from an evil warlord & faces his destiny!
Raytoons Cartoon Avenue Volume 2
Price: Free! Words: 10. Language: English. Published: May 16, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Anthologies, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Comics
Raytoons Cartoon Avenue is a 54-page collection of comics many different artists and writers. You'll find comedy, adventure, drama, fantasy/scifi, historical, and much much more!
Raytoons Cartoon Avenue Volume 1
Price: Free! Words: 10. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Anthologies
Raytoons Cartoon Avenue is a 54-page collection of comics many different artists and writers. You'll find comedy, adventure, drama, fantasy/scifi, historical, and much much more!