Interview with Stu Armstrong

What motivated you to become an indie author?
All of my life as long as I can ever remember I have simply loved books and the power of the written word really is mightier than the sword. Since a very early age I have always dreamt of writing a book and, well here I am having a go.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has made things very easy to go from a document to a published eBook, every step of the way including advice on copyright and how to have an ISBN number assigned.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Once I sit down and get started, and that's the hard bit I am totally engrossed in what I am doing, imagine being stuck inside a really good book, well its like that only 10 times more intense.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am just humbled that people actually spend the time to read, and hopefully enjoy what I write.
What are you working on next?
Next I am working on a kids adventure novel aimed at around the 11 to 14 year old age range, this is going to be a very special project as I am doing this in conjunction with my sons, and I am also set to start a collaboration in January 2014 with a quite well known an already established author.
Who are your favorite authors?
Robin Barrett, Steve Wraith, Martina Cole, Chris Ryan and to be honest pretty much anyone, I will read anything!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That ones very easy, my amazing kids!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love nothing more than spending time with Ben, Luca and Sol my three amazing son's but I also have a passion for cars and motobikes
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Really just from Google and then discovered of course Smashwords and iBooks.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a fake newspaper called 'Stu's News' when I was around 8 years old.
What is your writing process?
When I am in the right frame of mind I just sit down and write and literally vomit words onto the screen, sometimes even when I am out and about I get an idea and it has to be written straight away so out comes the iPhone.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design, well that a good one. The Honest truth is I don't have the first idea and have been luckily enough to have a friend, Scott Telfor, who has a real talent in this area.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPhone / iPad
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Smashwords has made marketing easy, but I am a huge fan of marketing on Facebook.
Describe your desk
Two Laptops, iPhone 5, a cup of tea and my best friend 'Memory Stig' (My memory stick shaped in the design of The Stig from top gear.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a town called North Shields in the North East of England, a funny place, what was a fishing port on the banks of the river Tyne with what I would call 'real' people. Often rough, often heart warming but a pretty unique place which has given me an insight of all kinds of people from all walks of life which has helped massively with my writing as well as every day life

Some of my younger years I lived in pubs ran by my parents and I found that there was always something going on which could at times be a real eye opener.
When did you first start writing?
I started early in 2013, not long after being made redundant from my day job as an HR Project Manager after 10 years.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read anything, doesn't matter what literally anything!
Published 2013-11-08.
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