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Interview with Mark Cramer
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a kid, I only had four books: Tarzan, Heidi, Gunsmoke, and Moby Dick. That's a broad range! And I read them over and over. So who remembers or knows what Gunsmoke was?
How do you approach cover design?
I try not to, computers test my inner peace....so, I approach these things with help.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
E-reading? If it fits in an ammo box and is waterproof, I'll consider it a device of choice...but I don't have one anyway.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth to people who, likewise, love the water. I've never been much of a marketer, trying though. I prefer to just talk with people.
Describe your desk
Hmmm...various papers that cycle through... two bookshelves overhead with reference materials, and occasionally a cat in my lap. Goofy (the cat) is a good writing companion.
When did you first start writing?
I was an English major in college, but this project was begun, in earnest, in 2013. It is my first full length book. Quite a learning curve, to write a book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote this book for my sons. It is a memoir, stories they hadn't heard, and pictures they hadn't seen.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hmmm...the challenge of expression... finding different and interesting words or ways to describe the pleasures and the intensities of rivers. I want the reader to feel like they are there with me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? I don't think of myself as fan-worthy. I am fortunate to have a ton of river friends.
What are you working on next?
I am toying with writing a river-running book for kids. It'd go along with my grand daughter's river doings...she was 4, her first raft ride, and sat next to me and helped me row.
About this book?
Besides being a memoir, it's also a give-away of the many "learning experiences" (as in learning the hard way) and river miles I have enjoyed (or sometimes endured).
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I think it was in K-Garten, about dinosaurs turning into oil...
What is your writing process?
Write like crazy - flow of consciousness - then come back and make it coherent.
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