Interview with Russ Kaylin

What are your five favorite books, and why?
A Song of Ice and Fire (series) - George R R Martin
The Stormlight Archive epic - Brandon Sanderson
Inheritance Cycle (Eragon) - Christopher Paolini
Harry Potter (series) - J K Rowling
Twilight saga - Stephenie Meyer
What do you read for pleasure?
Most everything. I enjoy Fantasy Fiction mostly. A good mystery novel works too. I've indulged in classics most of my life until the e-reader was invented. The current Young Adult genre is also at the top of my list.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nook. Great screen quality and can support most all file types. Easy interface and layout for all users. Also, has external storage for my 6,000+ e-books!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have no special technique. I just post my stories and hope that readers find enjoyment in them.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in north Alabama. In a small town, dry county, with absolutely nothing for young people to do for fun. I found myself inventing a world that brought excitement to this place. I also used places and areas from my teen past that I enjoyed.
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing since childhood. I've always wanted to publish but never had the courage until now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always enjoyed writing but the publishing world is tough. I came across Smashwords and realized I don't have to go the traditional route to get my stories out there. They have made it possible for me to do the work myself, giving a bigger sense of pride to the finished product.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My mind of full of ideas. It feels good to see them come to life on paper. (Well, on a computer screen I should say.) It's a way to express my thoughts and imagination. Other than reading, I don't know of a better way to spend my time.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without the reader, my stories mean nothing. It feels so good to read reviews that someone took their time to write. I appreciate that there are people out there who give my writing a chance.
What are you working on next?
I have a Young Adult story that I'm trying to take in a different direction than all the others. I would tell the plot but wouldn't want to give away any secrets just yet!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time as a Radiologic/MRI Technologist at a Veteran's Hospital. At home, I spend time with my Yorkie, Emily. I enjoy NBA games and reading. If I do find time to get out, I go to Barnes and Noble and sit outside with a vanilla frappe after browsing science/fantasy fiction section.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to find new indie authors and give them a shot. I have found several really good reads on Smashwords just from browsing free books. Like myself, I know it's hard get started. Maybe one day the right person will come across one of our books and it'll go viral!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It's funny, actually. I was in high school, torn between two lovers. Two boys I had not even kissed! Oh, the joy of young love....
What is your writing process?
Ideas are constantly coming to mind. I take notes on my phone when that happens. As far as a currently writing manuscript, I simply write. No outline, no notes. It just comes to mind. I'm still learning and I will get better. Reviews have been an awesome learning tool. Sometimes I read what other successful authors do but I haven't found any specific way to get my thoughts on paper. Just write. That's all.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not necessarily the first I ever read, but I remember the first one I couldn't put down. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. I read it all day and through the night until I was finished. It's still my all time favorite, even though I don't read many classics anymore. There have been several since that had the same effect. I would love to some day write a book that did the same for another reader.
Describe your desk
My desk....wow. I finally got an actual desk, though I don't sit at it much. I'm not very comfortable in my house writing. Too noisy. I prefer to sit on the balcony, or usually end up writing at work, as I am on the late night shift and it gets pretty boring sometimes. My desk is not messy. I am an organize freak! Desk top PC, printer, stereo speakers, and all of the little doodads that I may need. (stapler, pens & pencils, flash drives, etc.) Pretty boring really.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The one I just posted, Flight 213, I started writing in 1996. Longhand, in a three-ring binder. Since ebook and self-publishing came about, it has made it easier for indie writers to get work out there. So I decided to gather all my notes on that one and finally finish it. I used to love reading murder/mystery type books so I gave it a shot myself. It's kind of my first attempt, even though it's not the first published.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords absolutely opened up a whole new world for me in publishing. I came across the website during a publishing search. That's when I realized I could try it on my own. They get my books out to so many sites and readers that would normally take forever, or an agent, to get it done in the past. I love Smashwords. I will forever owe them thanks for my beginning.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many that I enjoy but I have to say I really like Brandon Sanderson, J K Rowling and George R.R. Martin. I loved everything by John Steinbeck. Some of the new Young Adult/Teen series are superb and I hope to see more from these new writers. Another good one is Dean Koontz. There's just so many, it's hard to pick a true favorite.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My job. Only my job. I would rather grab my laptop and write without ever moving from beneath the sheets! Then reality hits and I know I have to make a paycheck or the bills don't get paid. How wonderful it would be to write for a living. My gosh, I have so many ideas in my head that are itching to get put on paper.
Published 2015-09-27.
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Books by This Author

Moonlight Revenge
Series: Moonlight. Price: Free! Words: 68,060. Language: English. Published: October 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00)
Growing up in a small town in north Alabama, Jenson Bennett never knew that a completely different world existed. She soon found out after meeting her handsomely rugged boyfriend, William. Now her life is filled with unexpected events and havoc, all because she fell in love with a werewolf.
Moonlight Eyes
Series: Moonlight. Price: Free! Words: 94,660. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
(4.00)
Jenson Bennett knew that life in a small town was getting her nowhere. Her boredom was instantly challenged when William introduced himself and pulled her into a new circle of eerie friends. Everything she grew up knowing as myth and fiction suddenly became reality. Her first clue was when her tall, dark and handsome beau turned into a werewolf before her very eyes!