Interview with S.R. McKenzie

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is about a young man, who lived very selfishly and never cared for anything.
He discovers he has a terminal disease, and will die.

So the story behind my latest book is true love, in despite of time, illness and circumstance.... the true irony of life, is to share 'The Seed of Charity'.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love freedom! I hate the idea of having to write something for someone else.
I'd rather write whatever the f*ck, whenever the f*ck, and exactly what the f*ck was on my mine.

Sorry for all the f*cks... for f*cks sakes.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
HA! It's day #1, so let's not get ahead of ourselves!

Ok, fast forward 5 years, Smashwords had made my writing successful, and has allowed me to write more books, reach more people, and inspire more people
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy writing is getting all the chaos in my head on paper, and someone else making sense of it.
I take all the random crap going on in my head, and instead of doing something bad with it, I pour my soul out onto paper (virtual paper).

My mind is like a lyric in a song by Rage Against The Machine, 'like a thousand moths, trapped in a lampshade', and writing is my only escape from getting burned.
What do your fans mean to you?
With zero disrespect, I am actually the nicest person you have ever met, but my fans mean nothing to me. I hate attention, hate being told I have done a good job, it makes me very uncomfortable.

I don't write to be famous, rich, or respected, I write because I love it.

I don't need fans, I am not the Toronto Blue Jays.
What are you working on next?
The Seed of Charity - a love story between a terminally ill man, and the woman of his dreams.
The Amazing Paco and his Amazing Fast Growing Beard - turn of the century book, about 2 theatre performers who change the American entertainment landscape.

The old man and the Sikh - A story with 50% truth about me late father. And his unspoken friendship with a new immigrant.

The Rock of Gratitude - about a devoted man, who cares for his abusive wife after a terrible accident.

Enter the Agent - a very bad year - Prequil to Enter the Agent
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Goodkind
Robert Frost
I love Stephen King movies...... but can't get through one of his full books. His short stories are amazing, but everything else bores me.
Robert Kiyosaki - I am a rich dad
Napoleon Hill - in life and business, love it!
Tony Robbins
Gary Chapman - 5 Love languages
Dr. Gordon Neufeld - Hold On to Your Kids
God - the bible, sorry, I am not a bible thumper, but I find great passion in those words, regardless of their condemnation of difference.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children, my wife, and my unquenchable desire for knowledge, and my unmatched passion for life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Wellllllllllllll. Working out, hiking, volunteering, helping people out... of wait, I do all that, plus write.

I would probably spend my time doing drugs. Thank God for writing, I have never touched the stuff.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Good old Google
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was in grade 2, and it was about when my cousins came over for a family event. I remember my teacher reading it in class. I was extremely shy, but I left proud she read it, like I was special, even just for a second.
What is your writing process?
HA! I sit at my laptop in Starbucks, and write all the sh*t on my mind. I write many books at a time, in addition to running all my businesses, sooooooo my process is to write, like if I don't get all the sh*t out me head right there and then, I'll go crazy.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
none, and I don't remember, sorry
How do you approach cover design?
Ha! Just trying to compress everything in the story, into a single picture.
What do you read for pleasure?
No, but thanks for asking.

I write for sanity.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at the crossroads of life. It was either suicide, drugs, more self-loathing... or writing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the Canadian prairies. Cold, isolated, and dark. The people there are salt of the earth people. People who would give you the shirt of their back, a place to stay, and a warm meal, with no questions asked... the most caring people I've ever met.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop. Sorry, despite having a career in technology, I am super old fashioned.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Ha, I have zero marketing technique, I have a writing technique. I am of the belief that, if I write what I want to write, my audience will find me. I agree, lots of people might read my books and think they are rubbish. But I appreciate it greatly when someone reads and enjoys something I have read, even if I never know it.
Published 2017-10-17.
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Price: Free! Words: 680. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / investing
(5.00 from 1 review)
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How to Buy, Sell & Trade Bitcoin
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Pre-release—available November 5, 2018. You set the price! Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
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(3.00 from 1 review)
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