Interview with James Sanderson

How do you approach cover design?
I am certainly not a professional in this area. I look for what is striking to me, and go with that.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I read and re-read the classics, which doesn't really answer the question. Favorite all time books are: The Brothers Karamazov; Anna Karenina; Great Expectations; For Whom the Bell Tolls; One Hundred Years of Solitude. But of course there are many others...
What do you read for pleasure?
Again, I read the classics. When I was a kid others made fun because I was carrying a copy of War and Peace around. I'm not sure I got everything out of it I might have at 12 years old, but I self-identified with great literature. Still true today. I read great novels. I also read nonfiction along the lines of 'Team of Rivals' and other historical and biographical works. I admire great statesmen like Lincoln and Churchill and FDR, so I read whatever I can find about them and others. When will we see statesmanship again in our great nation?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook personal page; author page; and moderating the group 'Art of the Book'. Also tie into Goodreads.
Describe your desk
It's there but not used much. I tend to carry a notebook and pen or Kindle or Mac around with me and work from there.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Michigan. Hemingway was a huge influence. I wanted to be Hemingway. Of course I was not Hemingway and had to branch out.
Write your own question here! What has kept you going all these years as a writer?
I am what I am. I'm a writer, and always have been. To not write is impossible for me.
When did you first start writing?
About 12 years old. I had the urge to write stories about talking animals.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Those Who Dwell Upon The Earth'. I believe the future of our country is ini jeopardy because of the huge worldwide debt crisis that is looming. I projected that possibility out into the future and am writing a novel about what that would look like. Further, I wondered what would happen if a group of people decided to change the course of history by actually following the commands of Christ and to follow his example. This is not a religious book in the same way that Jesus was not a religious person. He was, in fact, the opposite of religious.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Necessity. What I write does not fit neatly into a particular genre. Always a tough sell in major publishing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Being able to publish and offer for free writing to be given away for a time. Put your writing into the hands of readers!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Expressing my inner feelings and being able to project a different kind of future.
Published 2019-01-19.
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