Interview with S.E. Smith

Published 2018-07-06.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in many different places being an Air Force brat. I think the changes helped give me a greater respect for the differences in cultures and geography.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my current book is about learning to believe in yourself and accept that changes are good even if they can sometimes be scary. The characters in this book are from another series that I have been writing about and bring you into their world.
When did you first start writing?
While I've written most of my life, I first decided to finally publish in 2010. It took me a year before I gathered the nerve to publish my second book. I'm glad I did.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like the freedom of writing what the characters want me to write. I let them set the story and the pace at which it is told.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords distribution allows readers from all over the world to download my stories. It doesn't matter if they are using a Nook, iBook, Kindle, or other format, it is available for them on Smashwords.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to hear the impact the stories have on my readers. When a reader emails me or posts a comment on my website about how the story helped them get through a bad day or was just what they needed to make them laugh then I know it is a success.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything! Without them, I wouldn't know if the stories were any good. In addition, their feedback is what keeps me motivated to share.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Ha'ven's Song: Curizan Warriors Book 1. This is a spin off of my Dragon Lords of Valdier series and follows a species they had been at war with at one time before forming an alliance.
Who are your favorite authors?
Linnea Sinclair, Greta Van de Rol, and J. R. R. Tolkien are just a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
LOL. Maybe my hubby standing there ready to make it whether I'm out of it or not? No, each day brings a new adventure. It can be an event, something I hear, or something someone said or did and I think 'how can I write about that?'
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a Technical Support Specialist so I am usually fixing computers. When I am not doing that, I enjoy going out on the boat but I admit I take my iPad and write when not taking pictures.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I discover many of them from my readers. I love the way they share their favorite authors or a great book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes, Lily's Cowboys. It is still my favorite because the storyline is so beautiful.
What is your writing process?
As a teacher I should say I do plot lines, character graphs, etc. I don't. I see the stories like a movie in my head and I am simply writing what I see, hear and smell. Everything is in techno-color with surround sound audio.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, The Secret Garden. I still read it once a year and have read it to my students over the years. I love the touch of magic, intrigue and love in the story.
How do you approach cover design?
I know in my mind what the characters look like and where they are at. I am lucky that I have a wonderful cover designer who is able to take my descriptions, and with a touch of her magic, bring them to life.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Secret Garden, The Hobbit, The Black Stallion, Maniac Magee, and Beauty and the Beast. The reason is simple, they all have a touch of magic in them with strong characters that never give up.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance or fantasy, of course. I am a romantic at heart and love anything to do with it or magic.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read on the iPad using the Kindle app primarily but I also have the Nook and iBook app.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth by my readers has been the best, I think. They are the ones who share the stories whether through their FB, Twitter, or friendship with others. I really think the stories, once someone has read one, market themselves.
Describe your desk
My desk is organized chaos. I have small stacks of items but I know where everything is. I also have it well lit.
How would you describe your characters?
I would say my heroines are strong, my heros are alphas who aren't afraid to accept their mates for who they are and both are willing to meet in the middle.
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