Interview with Tony Bowman

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy creating characters readers can connect with. When my characters leave an impression, it makes me a very happy man.
What do your fans mean to you?
I greatly value my fans. Giving the reader an experience they enjoy is what writing is all about.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the first in a series of novels based on characters from my first book, Vales Hollow. The first novel, Sinead, should be released sometime before January 1, 2015.

Sinead Landry is a typical nineteen year old college student, if you ignore the fact she is a prodigy trained by master assassin Janey Smith...
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and Ray Bradbury. I admire the characterization of both King and Koontz, and the way Bradbury's prose reads almost like poetry.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Eating and keeping a roof over our heads. Kind of addicted to it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm always writing, even if it is in my head.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through recommendations from others for the most part.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a story about a mouse who builds a rocket so he can go to the moon. He had heard the moon was made of green cheese, and he wanted to find out for himself. I believe it was highly derivative and based on Tom and Jerry.
What is your writing process?
I have no process - I simply write. Most days, a little over a thousand words, sometimes more. I sit down and let the characters in my head tell me a story, and I write it down.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I'm sure it was something from a 1960's horror comic, although I can't say I remember the impact.

As a child, I read Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising", and I thought it was the most wonderful story I ever read. The concept of good vs. evil in a supernatural setting stuck with me over the years.

The first adult novel I read was "The Stand" by Stephen King, and it still inspires me thirty-seven years later.
How do you approach cover design?
Whenever possible, I try to find an artist who can create something that matches the book. Failing that, I will break out GIMP and go to work :).
Published 2014-10-22.
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