Interview with Thomas G. Baker

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
One afternoon i was thinking back to when i lived in British Honduras ,now Belize ,as a kid and how much things had changed. I started to write a short essay and before i was through it became a full length book Child In paradise..
What is your writing process?
I suppose I should have one but I really don't, most of my books start out being based only on one paragraph. Writing fiction is like living real life you never know for sure what the day will bring, and most of the time there are twists and turns along with plot developments that just pop out of nowhere and surprises me just as much as it does my characters. Fiction is like being in a flight simulator, you can do things that would kill you in a real airplane and still live to tell about it.. It's about the same with fiction you can venture into areas where you would never tread in real life, sometimes when I really get stuck or bored there's Murphy's fall back on and I think what is the worst thing that could happen right now.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
My dad would read the classics like Treasure Island, Moby Dick or sometimes a story from the Saturday Evening Post to me at bedtime. I can't remember the first time I began reading for myself but i think it was the Kittiwake series about the adventures of young English midshipmen.
How do you approach cover design?
You can't judge a book by its cover yet most people do, Unfortunately at present i'm not in the position to hire professionals so i muddle along with Gimp, Microsoft's old Photo Draw and whatever i can glean off the net..I've found Imagining a great cover and being able to produce one are two completely different animals. I subscribe to the KISS (keep it simple stupid} principal and try to make my covers convey something about the title..
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I wouldn't exactly call it joy, more like playing golf, as no matter how good or bad you are every once in a while you make a terrific shot that keeps you hooked. I find it to be the same with writing as after stumbling around wondering what comes next a plot line will open up like a broad highway and you can't get the words down fast enough to keep up...that's when writing is really fun.
When did you first start writing?
Truth is, up until three years ago I was too busy to write anything longer than an insurance estimate.. Then suddenly I found myself with nothing to do so in order to keep my sanity I began an autobiography of my childhood growing up in Central America Child in Paradise . I discovered I enjoyed writing so.much that I have continued on to write the Wall series.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are probably millions of unpublished manuscripts out there just because no publisher would accept them. If you spend months or years working on a novel you would at least like to see if it has a chance . Self publishing allows folks to exhibit their work to the public and have it judged solely on it merit.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in both Belize, Central America and Fort Thomas, Kentucky with one foot in the First World and other in the Third world. I have to say I loved them both. It was such a wonderful adventure that i wrote my first book about it Child in Paradise.The only events in life that influence my writing are my concerns for the future. We continue to change this planet and our way of living on it even though we know those changes will be detrimental. Knowing what i do about human nature has led me to write the Wall series of dystopian novels .
Who are your favorite authors?
Lean Uris, Samuel Eliot Morison, Tom Clancy
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to read and research subjects that fascinate me and can be incorporated into my books
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest I get most of my books from Gutenberg and Internet archive. I like to read period authors such as those who participated in Civil War battles as they tend to give accurate accounts of events without being revisionist.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mostly history, as I found out if you read fiction and write fiction all you create is fantasy. Reading history allows me to give my characters a believable background on which to act.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Phone and laptop
Why did you decide to write?
I was diagnosed with terminal Kidney disease and decided to write a short account of my life growing up in British Honduras, now Belize. After it was finished I begin having withdrawal systems and began writing the Wall Series. i guess you could say I've become addicted to writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I like to research the Civil War so I set out to write about a boy aboard his uncles stern wheel steamboat and their journey up the Mississippi and Ohio at the outbreak of The Civil War. As so often happens in real life unforeseen events interfered and the steam boat blew up in the first paragraph. I guess it happened because I really wanted to write about a clipper ship and a voyage to California. To me writing is like life, we go through the day never really sure of whats around the next corner.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provides a platform whereby authors can publish their work without risking their life savings. Just being able to publish a book and present it to a reading audience without cost is my definition of success.
Published 2018-02-14.
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Books by This Author

Child In Paradise
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 126,100. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
This is the story of an American boy in a foreign land; it chronicles his everyday trials and triumphs as he makes the convoluted journey from childhood into adolescence. A story that takes place predominately in the tiny tropical Central American Colony of British Honduras, now Belize. It is a collection of memories as told by the old man this boy became.
Raptor Civil War Voyage of a Clipper Ship
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,520. Language: English. Published: November 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Historical » USA
It is October 10th 1860 two young men find themselves on a Louisiana levee in the middle of the night cold, destitute, and the sole survivors of a steamboat explosion. It is just the first in a series of events that will forever change their lives and propel them on a voyage of adventure, romance, mutiny, and treasure.
Voyage of the Clipper Ship Crucible
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,210. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
What began as a millionaire's drunken wager and voyage of adventure has become a desperate struggle for survival as the crew of the clipper ship Crucible find themselves caught up in the greatest cataclysmic event in human history.
Wall VI The Marlene Campanili Experience
Series: WALL. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,220. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Sent on an odd errand by her boss, news personality Marlene Campanili discovers secret preparations are being made for the impending collapse of civilization. Investigating further she finds herself drawn ever deeper into the intrigue of an ancient Masonic Order as the world around her begins to crumble.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,480. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Four hundred light years from Earth the android crew of the space craft Endeavor labor to carry out their mission to establish human life on a strange tranquil planet where predators have vanished and enormous majestic hexapods rule.
Wall V The Daniel Epstein Experience
Series: WALL, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,840. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Actuaries Daniel and Kimberly Epstein were leading what most would consider boring and sedentary lives yet were serenely happy spending their days providing clients with risk analysis. That is until Dan began to realize the data he was processing indicated the likelihood of a global economic melt down followed by the immanent collapse of civilization
Wall IV The Brandon Slazenger Experience
Series: WALL, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,070. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Brandon Slazenger grew up in his families Lexington Kentucky Chevrolet dealership and had been in his senior year at Yale looking forward to graduation and marrying his sweetheart when events suddenly plunged the world into apocalypse. Brandon and eight others found themselves abandoned and fighting for survival.
Wall III The Paul Herrington Experience
Series: WALL, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,390. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Paul flexed frozen fingers inside his gloves hoping he could still pull the trigger, gripped the AK-47 raised the assault rifle and looked at the sleeping bags around the fire. He picked out his five aimed at the first took a deep deliberate breath clenched his teeth and squeezed the trigger.
WALL II The John Anders Experience
Series: WALL, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,370. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Kentucky dairy farmer John Anders finds himself in the middle of a living nightmare the sole survivor, his family slaughtered by marauders. Alone in a world destroyed by famine and the collapse of civilization, desperately seeking escape from his mental anguish he embarks on a one-way flight in his single engine Cessna to Florida and the start of an adventure he could never have envisioned.
WALL The George Collins Experience
Series: WALL, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 103,390. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures
Forced into early retirement, archaeologist George Collins is in the laid-back village of Astor Florida preparing his sailboat for a leisurely cruise thru the Caribbean. Suddenly world events signal an impending disaster and his vision of a peaceful retirement is transformed into a desperate fight for survival as George finds himself alone in a Florida swamp battling nature and men turned cannibal