Interview with Kent Stinger

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors as of late are: Clive Cussler, Tom Clancey, Terry Brooks, Robert Jordan, Brian Sanderson. Just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family, friends, and the change to have new experiences.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Like most writers I have a regular day job. but after work I dream, write, and carve. I also like to spend my leisure time with my granddaughters fishing, camping, and carving.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in high school, and was about a the mysteries of love. a subject in later years I found I have no idea about at the time.
What is your writing process?
When I get an idea for a story, I like to write down those ideas as soon as possible, so I don't for get them. then I set down and start to form my characters and the stories ending. then I begin to form the pathway to that ending. along the way I may change the story several times, even the ending changes at times to fit the story as it develops.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I read that I remember that I felt a deep sadness for the lead character in the story was Where the Red Fern Grows. my family raised hunting dogs and the thought of loosing one was hard at the time for me. the very first story I read was the Invisible Man. the thought of having a power no one else had led me to a life long love of fantasy stories.
What do you read for pleasure?
Reading for me has always been a way to escape the troubles and pressures of every day life. I find it a way to be someone else, and still be me. Reading apposed to watching T.V. make me stretch my imagination. you think when you read, watching movies and television only allows you to see what others think a stories characters and surroundings should be.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my computer some, but I like my Nook the most.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Idaho, we had only one television station at the time, and I was eight when we bought our first black and white t.v. So I spent most of my time playing cowboys and Indians with my brother and friends. We also spent a lot of time in the mountains around our home hunting and fishing. Most of our play time was out side and it involved using our imagination more than interacting with electronic devices. So you could say I grew up to write fantasy, after all it was a great part of my childhood, you read a book and played out the fantasy.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing poems for my wife. But one day after buying several books, see made the statement, "You've read hundreds of books, why don't you write one?" So I did! And since my granddaughter was just born was sleeping on my lab, my first book used them as the heroin's.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Over the years I have submitted my first book to several publishing companies. I received several kind rejections. I also found out that there are a lot of scammers who will take advantage of you. Smashwords was the fist reliable publishing opportunity I found that would give me a chance to share my stories with you.
Published 2016-01-13.
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Books by This Author

The Dragon Realms - Book Three - Treachery
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 182,520. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
In this part of the Dragon Realm saga, Billy's daughter Ming-mei and her dragon Genji will be tested to see if they have the strength to full fill her destiny and save the Dragon Realms from the Shadow. And will she be able to over come the lost of one of her beloved family members? Mostly, who else will fall to the treachery of the traitor amongst them?
The Dragon Realms - Book Two - The Defender
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,290. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The realm of the Elves does not believe the Dragon's brought them here to protect them, but to punish them. They greatly hate the humans, and think them in league with the dragons for all their sorrow. Will Deseray be able to change their minds, or fall victim to the Black Witches plans to in slave the Elves to the Shadow. And what of the fate of Ming-Mei? What would your choice be?
The Retairment Elusion
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 86,440. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Retirement is suppose to be a time when a man and wife can sit back and enjoy the rewards of their working life. But for Bob and his wife Dr. Helen Townsen, that fantasy soon is about to change. The President of the New World Government has plans for the doctor, plans that will put Bob through the most challenging fight of his life. One that will reawaken the soldier he thought he left behind.
The Dragon Realms - Book one - The Wood Carver
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,490. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Wood Carver is the first story about the hidden dragon realms. Realms created by dragons to hide and protect the mystic creatures of our fairy tails. This year at summer camp Billy's life will be changed by the kiss of a fairy queen, a kiss meant to bring him to the aid of the fairies. unknown to them both, the long past dragon guardian of that realm has other plans for Billy.
Earth Too - Reunited
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 178,460. Language: American English. Published: December 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The Battle on Earth Too continues with the arrival of Princess Kendra’s sister. But will her arrival create more controversy? And will the people stand behind her and her new Women’s’ Service Society? Is the arrival of MaKayla the answer to the Prophecies? Or will she cause all to fall to the dominion? The battle has just begun, look for book three.
Earth Too - Hidden Talents
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 164,920. Language: American English. Published: December 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The war against evil is real, and Kendra and MaKayla will have to fight the Prejudice on two worlds to defeat the evil sorcerer Zeus the Third and his dominion to defend both Earth Too, and Mother Earth. One born of royal birth whose father killed by the dragons of Zeus. The other born while her mother was here in exile on Mother Earth. Book one is just the beginning of the story.