Interview with Rhea D. Smith

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the idea of owning my content. It's mine, mine MINE!
What do you read for pleasure?
I've been reading the news feeds on my mobile device. And of course, I've been looking at Dagny Rocks - it's so neat how the text flows and I love how you can touch a word and the definition pops up. I've been reading up on drug abuse lately, but usually I go for interesting writers like T.C. Boyle, Paul Theroux, Annie Proulx. I used to love Robert A. Heinlein but I outgrew that genre. I really like Robertson Davies. His stuff is convoluted, he could be a doctor, a humorist, a politician, historian - details are entwined in devilish tales which stimulate and challenge the reader's mind. I can't stand that romance crap.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. I'm no connoisseur, but I like my one cup. Then I can get inspired about whatever is at the top of the list. I always have something going on - a garden to hoe or a friend to visit or a corner to clean - while I think through the next project.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
As a tot I remember wasting mom's writing paper, writing cursive esses and vees and ohs on page after page until she confiscated the pad with a frown. With this word processing technology I can indulge my logorrhea to my heart's content!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - I rewrote a story. In my story, Fuzzy Wuzzy had hair.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I browse for books with a high number of reviews, and read the reviews first.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an android cell phone which does everything but print a pizza. I have downloaded all kinds of readers, but Kindle works best.
What is your writing process?
I think it out first. I have my notes, I sit down to write. I have ass-power. Later I slash and trim and repair.
How do you approach cover design?
I did my own cover. I manipulated a photo of an oil painting I did a while back.
Describe your desk
From soup to nuts, we have it all right here on my desk. I have years of experience misfiling, and have learned to do without old papers.
Published 2014-02-06.
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Books by This Author

Dagny Rocks
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 148,380. Language: English. Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Sailing, Nonfiction » Travel » Specialties & interests
Rhea grows up in the hippie days of the 70's aboard a hand-built, ocean-going tugboat. Later she joins Icelander Petur on his big sailing ketch. With an ever-changing crew, Dagny voyages nearly non-stop happily surviving mechanical failures, ripped sails, a keel conversion, irate port captains, multiple mast-removals, and two Newfoundland winters.