Interview with James Seloover

Who are your favorite authors?
A few that come to mind are: JD Salinger, "Catcher in the Rye," Karl Marlantes, "Matterhorn," Joseph Heller, "Catch-22," David Halberstam, "The Coldest Winter." John Steinbeck, "The Grapes of Wrath," Ken Kesey, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Most I have read multiple times.
What are you working on next?
My sister told her grandchild when the youngster complained about something (I don't even remember what the complaint was) and my sister's response became what is the motivation for my next book. She said, "At least your head isn't stuck to someone else's."

The novel is a humorous look at the difficulties of life and how things are not as bad as they could be. I found that everyone I have met had some complaint about something. Many about the most mundane things and her advise always seems to fit, no matter what the situation.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote a story, "The Nonsense Family," about the weird traits of family and friends I have.
What is your writing process?
"Seat of the pants" writer. I get my thoughts on the computer then go back and rearrange and edit and hopefully I make some sense of what I wrote.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle which I use the most.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have a Facebook page, a web site, and I do book signings. I'm still in the learning phase. It is much harder than writing the book, that's for goddamned sure. I'm waiting for that famous person to read it and recommend it to Oprah.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the northwest, near Astoria, Oregon in the small rural community of Knappa.. I've lived in many places in the west from Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and California. I am now living in West Des Moines, Iowa.
Most all my writing has something to do with the experiences I have had and the people I have known with a lot of fiction thrown in.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No takers from large houses, even though my books are widely read and have 5-star reviews. It's a mystery.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has helped in the publishing and marketing of my two books, "A Bed of Needles," and "The Trouble Way." They have excellent instructions on how to format and publish.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when someone comments that they love the book. So far, I am lucky enough to get mostly five stars in my reviews and I am grateful, so far, (not eternally but going on five years) for that. I would be much more joyous if a million or so readers would buy my books ... or even several hundred thousand ... or even five-thousand, or whatever.
Published 2015-10-09.
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Books by This Author

The Trouble Way
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 123,080. Language: American English. Published: September 27, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure, Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » African
Jake Forest thought he'd experienced all of those rites of passage moments now that he had nearly used up all of his numbers. During his years he'd seen others struggling to exist in a society of greed. He searched his entire life and discovers happiness he'd been looking for with Priscilla and little Bella. Was the accident with Bella in the Raccoon River the last of those damnable rites?
A Bed of Needles
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 96,590. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
A Bed of Needles is a humorous, sexy, literary fiction set in the sixties. Two teenagers fall in lust and elope for the wrong reasons. Jake finds himself in tempestuous relationship with racy, seductive, and often, manipulative Janis.