Interview with Bob Sellers, Jr

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords offers another method of distribution to bring my book(s) to yet more platforms and offers readers many other options to be able to read the ongoing series or short stories that will follow. The meat-grinder process also allowed me to discover hidden issues in the original manuscript that are now fixed.

Having the ability to opt out of channels that cross paths with other distributors also keeps my book(s) available on different channels that are not shared.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The relaxation that comes from spending time on a scene where you approach the same interactions from different angles to verify that the details are presented to the reader in as full color and content as possible.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans of my work are a primary reason that I write. Outside of enjoying the stories myself, knowing others find them as enjoyable keeps my going as I find new ways to spin new webs or continue others.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the end parts of the series as I approach the original reason for their development. The next series will pick up in modern times as the children of the original blood-lines are found and introduced.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kelley Armstrong, John Sanford, Stephen King, and Jim Butcher among others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Adventure and fun that will be part of a new day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending time with my family, watching Netflix, gaming, riding my motorcycle.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I often peruse Amazon, Book-Bub, Smashwords and other markets.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, as a young teen I contrived a mystery that involved a disagreement between nursing homes and a catering event.
What is your writing process?
I visualize using what I call my mental Holo-Deck (a Star Trek thing) where I can watch the scene unfold, rewind move the camera, add/remove details and then approach who will be telling this particular scene and perhaps various point of views.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew first got me interested in mysteries not unlike Scooby Doo in the morning cartoons.
How do you approach cover design?
For me, I look for something that draws attention. In particular faces with intense eyes or content that brings some guilty discomfort make for a cover that others may not be able to help themselves in showing interest.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Mysteries that are believable. John Sanford's rules of prey series involve many real places that I've visited which add a bit more touch of reality to each particular story.
What do you read for pleasure?
Most any story that I may have found of interest.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon Fire Tablet.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Createspace and the links to Amazon and KDB were my first avenues of publication.
Describe your desk
Large executives wooden desk that allows for much clutter and content.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Northern Wisconsin, which exposed me to worlds of shipping, fishing and other businesses that involve water sports.
When did you first start writing?
As a young teen, short stories are fun to weave.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Many years ago, in an effort to get published, I found a contest that had writing prompts. "Weird Wild West" made me wonder why no one every really talks about the paranormal in the wild west.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A bucket list that included publishing on Amazon and finding myself on the shelf of a local library.
What benefits does your occupation bring to your writing.
My career as a programmer/analyst has taught me to have structure and framework to your project. Although this makes much more work for the first book or story, it allows for much smoother development in subsequent efforts.
Published 2016-10-10.
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Books by This Author

Blood-Born
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 83,820. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Book 2 of my Weird Wild West series where wild west meets the weird and paranormal of the mid to late 1800's in a place named Goblin's Toe, Wyoming. More
Blood-Spatter A Collection of Short Stories
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,690. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
A collection of short stories that involve vampires, the Amish, Boston Homicide, garden gnomes, library books and others from various contests and other fun challenges together in one volume for the first time as a two cover collectible series.
Blood-Lines
Series: Weird Wild West. Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 86,700. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Book I of my Weird Wild West series where wild west meets the weird and paranormal of the mid to late 1800's in a place named Goblin's Toe, Wyoming.