Interview with Robot Commander Esquire

What are you working on next?
As soon as I wrap up work on some other projects, I plan on beginning a full length novel that will go into more depth on how the "Outbreak" began in the first place, as well as some more character exposition as well. The basic outline I have now should be pretty action packed, so I'm excited to begin work on it soon!

Also, I'm looking at exploring some of the potential applications of the ebook format to do reader driven stories. I have a rough outline for an interactive story that should be an interesting experience for me as a writer. Stay tuned!
Who are your favorite authors?
I'm a huge fan of Phillip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut, and Arthur C. Clarke to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reformatting my hard drive. It's a Robot thing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I've begun looking for other indie authors especially who work in similar genres to my tastes. Also, it's been interesting to look at what other books people download who have also downloaded my stories as well. Ebooks are still pretty new to me, as is writing in general, so I'm trying to learn as much as I can about the various demographics of interest.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can still remember some of the images from it, but beyond that no. I was in 3rd grade, so a good deal of time has passed between then and now. The protagonist woke up at the end, realizing it was a dream, but still had something in his pocket from the world he had been exploring.
What is your writing process?
I typically have several projects going on at once, so I bounce around a lot from one project to the next. I like to spend time thinking about the story in my head, writing and rewriting it so to speak, before I put a single word down. The Hep Z series, for example, is a spin off from a full length novel I plan on returning to when I finish the first three stories up. I've been fortunate enough to have the help of some great friends/family who help with edits, and I can't play down how helpful that has been to getting things uploaded to Smashwords.
How do you approach cover design?
So far I've done all of my own cover designs, which probably explains why they're so awful! The act of attempting to design a cover image that sums up the story in some ways has actually been very helpful to me as a writer. Some covers were actually designed before the story was written, so it provided a context once the writing actually began. This is all still pretty new for me, and I prefer a pragmatic approach to almost everything. I don't imagine that I'll ever really have a "concrete" process I follow, I enjoy breaking rules too much to ever set hard ones for myself.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Honestly, I prefer reading on my laptop. Having only recently been exposed to ebooks in general, I would also have to say that the android app my phone came with for reading ebooks is actually kind of sharp too.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'll let you know when I have more results! So far though, it seems the easiest way to get more notice on Smashwords is to publish often. I think readers are more likely to invest in trying out a new author when there is a strong back catalog of material.
Describe your desk
Messy.
Published 2014-03-12.
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