Interview with Richard Brant

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I find it very difficult to leave my writing behind. Even when I'm with friends, or family, I'm usually thinking about my writing. And that's ok. There's nothing better than being out in nature, at the cottage, on a trail, and letting the freedom of the experience infiltrate my mental processes. It's combining the best of both worlds. As for experiences where I'm not thinking about my writing, they are few and far between.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually through a combination of the cover, plus the first ten pages in the sample. If I don't like the author's style, and not everybody likes everything, then I don't go any further. If I do, then I purchase.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. It would have been back when I was a child, and probably had something to either do with dogs, or horses. :)
What is your writing process?
I sit, put my hands on the keyboard, and whatever comes through my fingers, goes onto the written page. I don't believe in the 'my creativity' approach to writing. I believe good writers have a muse. A being who sits on their shoulders and feeds them the story as it's meant to be told. The writer is merely the vehicle by which the story is told.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
It was probably Shakespeare, but I no longer remember. I was fortunate to have a mother who loved higher forms of literature, and passed that onto me. First fiction book I ever remember loving, was T.H. White's The Once and Future King. Other one's were Farley Mowat's Lost in the Barrens.
How do you approach cover design?
I am fortunate to have an illustrator who has worked on Disney projects. Generally speaking, I give Allecia a base guideline on what I want, and she runs with it. The results, I believe anyway, are always spectacular.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a hard question, especially as I like plays as well. The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien. For obvious reasons, as I am a fantasy reader/writer. Asimov's Foundation series, as I love, and write, Science Fiction. The Bandy Papers, by Donald Jack. Great, funny, representation of a World War One flying ace. Mark Helprin's A Winter's Tale. Few are better than Mark when it comes to his style and descriptive elements. Jitterbug Perfume, by Tom Robbin's. An absolute cult classic, and rightly so.

Interesting sideline. A Winter's Tale, and Jitterbug Perfume, both arrived as part of my mother's book of the month club shipment in January 1986.To be exact, they arrived the day she passed. I picked them up, and read next to her bed for the hours we had left together (she was unconscious, just so none of you think I ignored my own mother). Funnily, both stories have to do with immortality. Immortality in the face of death, that's a very powerful influence on a young mind.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, occasionally fantasy, sometimes just plain fiction. Most of my time is taken up writing, so my actual reading time is limited.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My IPhone, or my laptop.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Free giveaways. Build your base audience. Create loyal followers, and don't disappoint them.
Describe your desk
No desk, but several large comfortable sitting chairs. ;)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country, so you'll find my writing has great emphasis on finding personal space. The search for scenery, for openness.
When did you first start writing?
When I was a child. Probably seven or eight.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always tried to take the approach that my motivation is the enjoyment of others. If people like my writing, that keeps me going.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I will let you know the answer to this one in time.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Tying the pages together into one, organic, creation.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. If they get lost in my writing, in the worlds on the pages of my work, I am extremely happy.
What are you working on next?
Split between the second book of my science fiction series, Begin Anew, and the second book of my fantasy series, The Book of Em.
Who are your favorite authors?
Tolkien, Helprin, Robbins, King, Asimov, Niven, and the list is never ending.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to pee.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story is of a young faerie who has lost her father, the most important man in her life, and a young boy who has never had a place to call home. When they discover each other, and their destinies, it's a race to stay alive long enough to achieve that which they must achieve.
Published 2016-07-10.
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