Interview with Steven Misosky

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Well, I had something interesting to say, but the traditional publishing route is a hard nut to crack, and they take so long. I was determined to get my story out, so I took the self-publishing route. I'm really glad I did, too. It's been a fun adventure, and still is.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords was my first step. To get my book out in all distribution channels, both as an e book and the print edition, I had to publish it three times. This was through Smashwords, KDP, and Createspace. It would have been nice if one place took care of everything, but they don't. I chose Smashwords to start out because they handle the e book edition and distribute it to all the major outlets, except Amazon. That's why I had to use KDP. Well, I wanted to put out the e book first, and Smashwords has this little book that I read in preparing to self-publish. It explained the whole process so simply that it became the logical first step. I'm glad I did, too.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The inspirations I get. Quite often I would be laying in bed, drifting off to sleep, and an idea would pop up. One that would excite me so much, that I just had to get up and write it down so it wouldn't be lost. Those are precious moments to me.
What are you working on next?
Well, book two of my series is done and going to editing very shortly. I'll be using the notes that I have, and writing book three soon. But, before I start that, I have an interesting little project I'm going to do. It's an experiment involving the Vesica Piscis. That's all I care to say about that at this time. This is a personal quest you might say, and I think some people will find it very interesting.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life! Every moment is precious, and filled with possibilities of expanding freedom and expanding beauty. I've come to a place where I have a small amount of understanding about reality and our place in it. It allows me to see things I overlooked in the past. Now I see love in action, trying to connect us into an intricate, harmonious work of living art. I see the magical and the mysterious. I even get glimpses of a nurturing guidance. Now, I'm trying to observe things even more closely, to see what else is waiting to reveal itself. Yes, life is a never ending adventure, and I enjoy getting up knowing it's going to be an interesting day.
What is your writing process?
Inspiration mostly. I just write not really knowing where it's going. Some of the dreams I wrote in "The Dreams of Sara Knight" series, I had no idea how they were going to be interpreted. It amazes me how some of those turned out, especially the one about thirteen. Of course, sometimes I do go back and add a little here, tweak a little there, to make things flow or come together. And I do some occasional research to add or refine some things. But mostly, the story has been writing itself.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the first books that got me hooked on reading were the "Hardy Boys" series. My older brother had a whole set, and I truly enjoyed them. They were about two brothers who had a father who was a detective. Well, trying to be like dad, and somehow always finding some mystery to solve, those boys had a lot of adventures. You know, just thinking about them makes me want to read some of them again to see what I'd think of them now as an adult.
How do you approach cover design?
I was fortunate enough to find some beautiful art by a young lady from the Czech Republic, Eliska Vokounova. Then, I used Mark's list to find a cover designer, viladesign.net. With a little guidance from me, I let them take care of my covers. We'll be working together for the whole series. I might add, there's a cover contest going on at Goodreads. It's still fairly new, but the cover for "Changed Forever" is in first place.
Published 2013-08-31.
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Books by This Author

Eight Days of Transformation
Series: The Dreams of Sara Knight, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,790. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Sara and Kara have amazing encounters in the land beyond where they learn important things about their past and their future, and bring back valuable gifts from their journeys. The power and beauty of the subconscious continues to be revealed, and will be throughout this series. You will surely understand the most awesome power in your life, and know how to access it, if you follow this series.
Changed Forever
Series: The Dreams of Sara Knight, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 60,430. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.83 from 6 reviews)
Caution! This is not another version of dystopia, or a new twist on forbidden love. There are no vampires here. This book is meant to engage you in another way. Two special souls have incarnated in order to help a struggling planet. They didn't have to come, like most of us. They came out of pure love. This is their story. Follow their adventure as they first learn of the destiny.