Interview with SM Mason

What do your fans mean to you?
Once a book is placed in the hands of the reader, it no longer truly belongs to the author. It belongs to the reader. It’s the continuous relationship between the author and the readers. Fans support someone because they love his work. If you do not have the respect of your fans, the smallest negative move can knock your career down in an instant. When your fans respect you, they are much more inclined to support you over both the short and long haul. I put fans first, always want to please them and constantly strive to improve my writing and give them more than they ever could have expected.
What do you read for pleasure and why do you think it is important?
I read History, Literature and Philosophy. History offers a storehouse of information about how people and societies behave. Literature helps me deal with problems in my personal life and finally, Philosophy is associated with critical thinking. Reading for pleasure can result in increased empathy, improved relationships with others, reductions in the symptoms of depression and dementia, and improved wellbeing.It also has social benefits and can improve our sense of connectedness to the wider community. Reading increases our understanding of our own identity, improves empathy and gives us an insight into the worldview of others.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find that the greatest joy of writing is the process of bringing my ideas to the page and the freedom of my own creative voice. Personal writing gives you a safe place to let your style emerge, and a valuable tool to help you embrace this style as an honest reflection of yourself and what you have to say to the world.
What are you working on next?
The next story of inspector Kriton Ellis and a new novella.
When did you first start writing?
I’ve been writing since I was eighteen-years-old, that was the age I started writing my first fiction short stories and at the age of twenty six I had written my first novella.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have no specific preference because each device has its own particularities and I use them all.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Unless you are a genius and your work is the best book ever in the history of the entire world you need to market your work. Marketing has been around since people started selling things and it’s not going anywhere. Social media helps you build relationships but the best “marketing tactic” that you can employ, by far, is to write and publish your next book.
Describe your desk
It is a brown wood desk and it has antique brass hardware on the drawers. The top drawers have pull knobs which are disc shaped, with a flower petal design. My desk is large enough to have my laptop, my printer, some books and a cup of coffee on it.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in London. London is the city in the world that has had the biggest global influence on world literature.
Published 2016-09-05.
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