Interview with stewartgiles

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejection. That pretty much sums it up. After having manuscript after manuscript rejected by tons of agents, I turned to indie publishing. After all, we, as writers all want the same thing don't we? We want people to read our books.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Watch this space. I'm publishing for free because I just want all the months spent writing to be worthwhile; I want people to read my stuff.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When the ideas in my head miraculously flow onto the page. I write everything free hand first in capital letters and often my pen cannot keep up with my brain.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. They are the reason I write. Whether they enjoy the books I write or they think it stinks, the people who read it are the important ones.
What are you working on next?
It's a collection of shortish stories painting a picture of what my main protagonist (DS Jason Smith) was like in his first few years in the police force.
Who are your favorite authors?
Joe Nesbo, Henning Mankell, Karin Fossum, Hakan Nesser to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The words in my head that need to be put down on paper.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full time job. I own a boat shop in South Africa.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Google mostly and sometimes recommendations from friends & family.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to write adventure stories in the vein of Willard Price when I was eight or nine years old.
What is your writing process?
Weeks of planning the plot in my head followed by physically writing in a note pad. Then I type it out and change most of it in the process. Finally, I edit it, re-read it and edit it again.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'The Enchanted Wood', by Enid Blyton. I was six or seven. I remember thinking how books can transport you to other worlds so easily.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of the theme of the book and encapsulate that in the cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
'The catcher in the rye' by JD Salinger because of it's impact on me at the time.
'The leopard' by Joe Nesbo because of the amazing storytelling.
'He who fears the wolf' by Karin Fossum because of it contains the most enigmatic character in anything I've ever written. Fossum's Errki is pure genius.
'The dogs of Riga' by Henning Mankell because of the mere chill to it.
'Gorilla adventure' by Willard Price because it brings back childhood memories.
What do you read for pleasure?
Crime Thrillers. I love a good crime mystery.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media works well. Also, giving away free books is very rewarding.
Describe your desk
Organised chaos.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Yorkshire. This influences my writing greatly. My crime thriller series is set in York.
When did you first start writing?
When I was eight or nine but I only started to publish a few years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the early days of my main protagonist DS Jason Smith, from when he first joined the police up until we first meet him in the first book in the series.
Published 2015-09-10.
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Books by This Author

Price: Free! Words: 93,860. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
'Smith' introduces us to DS Jason Smith, an Australian living in York. After an apparent suicide in a student house, a series of events unravels that nobody, especially Smith, could have ever anticipated. Smith finds himself in a race against time to try and unravel this sinister mystery.