Interview with S J Crabb

Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite Authors are Jeffrey Archer, Sophie Kinsella and Jilly Cooper. If I see one of their books then I absolutely have to have it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Corny I know but my writing. The reason is I work full time and so have to get up early to complete some chapters. This is especially true on the weekends as I can get a lot done whilst my family sleep. This gives me a quiet time to concentrate without any distractions.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time and am a wife and mother. My time is usually taken up with all that entails. I also love to walk my dog and once a year my daughter and I participate in our Village pantomime which we always look forward to. I also love gardening and enjoy growing my own flowers and vegetables. In fact there are not enough hours in the day really.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I subscribe to various lists that appear in my inbox each day. I also look through the best sellers lists. My sister is an avid reader and recommends books to me. I am also a member of several groups on facebook and go with a lot of recommendations there.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was in primary school and I wrote about being a princess. I mean didn't everyone?
What is your writing process?
I think I am a little strange here as it is all in my head. I have the initial idea and then tend to work it all out in my head first. Then I just sit down in front of my computer and start typing. Usually by the end of one book I have the idea for the next and just start again. Often I will start a sentence and not actually know how it will end. I literally just type what comes into my head. Maybe I am possessed! I literally start at chapter one and keep on typing until the end. Then I edit the book several times and design the cover.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was a great fan of Enid Blyton as a child and read all of her books. I particularly enjoyed the Famous Five and The Secret Seven.
I am not sure that it had a great impact but it did help me develop a love of reading.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually look for a cover online and then adapt it myself if necessary. I am afraid I am one of those annoying authors that sometimes change my covers if I am not happy with them after a while.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I read everything on my Ipad mini. In fact I think my life is now on that as it holds everything and I am constantly looking at it. I am thinking of buying a Kindle though for my books as I think that would be a better reading device.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I use facebook a lot. I have tried various others but haven't had much success. I haven't got enough reviews yet to advertise on the big sites so will just have to wait until I have. Smashwords has been amazing for me. I have a permafree book in their premium catalogue and have been encouraged by the amount of downloads on a daily basis.
Published 2016-06-30.
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