Interview with R.J. Cox

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look for them on the internet, through Smashwords and also on Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh my gosh... yes. It was a story about how I wanted to be an airline pilot. It was a school project...my dad actually gave me the "bound" book a couple of years ago. Got an "A" on it!
What is your writing process?
Hmmm..., I come up with ideas in the night sometimes and write them down. Also, I use a lot of my background and create stories from things I've done, other people have done, and what I see happening in the future. I typically write something every day, but not always.
How do you approach cover design?
I start out by thinking about the main issue of the book, what are you trying to get across to someone in a 1 or 2 second glance to make them think they would like to look at that book. Then I might make an draft drawing of ideas and colors I would want if I was looking for a book. There are a number of cover designers out there that can do a really cool, but somewhat generic, cover, for really low prices. A cover that has a lot of "jazz" though and lots of different elements to it is going to cost more.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like to read Tom Clancy, Dale Brown, Eric Von Lustbader. I even picked up an old Mark Twain book the other day and read part of that. I forgot how refreshing it was to read something by Mark Twain, and how well written his books are.
Describe your desk
It's actually two desks connected in an "L" pattern. I have a printer, a laptop and a second screen on the desk. Bookshelves have dictionaries, Thesaurus, and numerous books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Missouri. This has influenced my writing in a couple of ways. Where I grew up was a very small town with a small high school. People in the Ozark hills are great people and used to live a pretty simple life. I use that influence when writing to show a reader the difference between big city life and rural Midwest. I also utilize my experiences in hunting, fishing, boating etc., in my books.
When did you first start writing?
I started seriously writing in mid 1980's
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to bypass the time of waiting to hear back from my query letters to publishers. There are so MANY times that I've heard about best selling authors who were turned away by big name publishers, only to become a top author under a smaller company, that it has created an issue with me approaching print publishers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to express my ideas and get them across to other people, and let those people enjoy the reading of that book.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans obviously are one of the reasons authors write. I love talking to my fans and listening to their questions. I really enjoy offering any advice on a subject that I know a lot about to someone who may be looking for info.

My fans really are what makes my day.
Published 2013-12-10.
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Books by This Author

Carried by an Angel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,470. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Inspirational
When an engine blows up right at takeoff, an airliner faces major problems. To make matters worse, other problems surface making the flight "an accident waiting to happen!" If not for the fantastic assistance of a guardian Angel and the skill of the Captain and the Co-pilot, the passengers and crew may end up scattered throughout the North Carolina hills in a burning heap