Interview with Robert Brumm

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing from readers! There's nothing I enjoy more than getting an email from a reader complimenting me on my work. I appreciate it when they take the time to reach out and really enjoy listening to their feedback. Building these relationships is my favorite thing about writing I didn't expect before I started.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Writing for yourself is boring. I've gotten to know many of my readers through email and Facebook and I really cherish the relationships.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working my day job in IT, taking my dog for a walk, dreaming about cars, watching shows about cars, and playing games involving cars. I like to tinker around the house and yard with various projects and spend time with my family, of course.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through word of mouth and recommendation engines on websites such as Amazon and Goodreads. Once and a while I'll browse through the list of freebies and discover news authors that way.
What do you read for pleasure?
Whatever I like. Lame answer, right? Not to be a blowhard, but I'm pretty hard to please. If a book doesn't grab me within the first few pages I chuck it and move on. Way too many books out there to waste time on the bad ones! I mostly stick to thrillers, horror, and sci-fi. I enjoy a good non-fiction book about subjects I find interesting as well. I love history.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire HD 7" and and 4th gen (I think??) Kindle. The one that used to sell for 80 bucks. I use them both quite often. The Fire is great for magazines and non-book tablet activities but I often prefer to read on my old Kindle. It's much lighter and the battery life is awesome. Plus I can use it in the tub and not worry too much about dropping it in the water or spilling beer all over it since it's a few years old and worth practically nothing.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in the 90's before self-publishing got so darn easy and the Internet still had training wheels. After sending out paper manuscripts and receiving one too many rejection letters, I gave up for a while. One day it occurred to me I might want to get in on this self-publishing and ebook scene and haven't looked back since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love a good challenge. I had a couple manuscripts pretty much ready from the old days that I dusted off and self published through Amazon's KDP program a few years ago. Once they started selling and the reviews trickled in I was hooked. I've been pushing hard ever since and it feels great to have a passion for something. I love it.
How do you approach cover design?
I have a background in illustration and graphic design so I've designed all my covers myself. I'm pretty happy with most of them but I plan on starting to use professional covers if I can afford it and I find ones that speak to me. People really DO judge books by the cover. It's very important to have the best cover possible.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Always, always, always responding to readers. Facebook, Bookbub, and my own website.
What are you working on next?
My goal for 2014 is at least three books. I'm not continuing the Desolate series but I am planning a story based in that world. I want to tell the story of Carl and what he did to get sent to the farm.
Published 2013-12-18.
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Books by This Author

Terrible Cherubs: Tales of Sinners, Mistakes, and Regrets
Price: Free! Words: 69,410. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Let DeadPixel Publications take you to places where choices lead to the unexpected and bizarre. Eleven writers explore those pivotal moments where fateful decisions have profound consequences. Hope and horror, regret and adventure, passion and murder. Sometimes, the angels of our better nature abandon us to our own folly. And once and a while, they give us a kick in the ass.
Demonic Hearts
Price: Free! Words: 26,980. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Love just might be Karen’s salvation. In the meantime she’s putting her faith in her friends and a Colt .45. By Tony Bertauski, Robert Brumm, Thomas Cardin, J.W. Kent, Travis Morhman, and Steven Wetherell. With Robert Bevan, Renee Miller, Katrina Monroe, and Hanna Elizabeth
Flying Toasters - The DeadPixel Tales
Price: Free! Words: 68,200. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
FLYING TOASTERS – THE DEADPIXEL TALES is a collection of engaging short stories that range from gritty to haunting. Thought-provoking to ridiculous. The authors of DeadPixel Publications craft tales that will appeal to all readers through solid storytelling, crossing genre lines, and focusing on brilliant characters and twisted plots.