Interview with Blake Gardner

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like hanging out with the wife and kid or watching a movie by myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I like to peruse the Flipboard app on my phone for news and cool new gadgets.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth. Always and forever.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
A saturated market and several rejection emails.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The words get out of my head and I don't have to think about them anymore. If anyone asks my opinion or thoughts on something I've written, I tell them to buy the book so at least get a penny for my thoughts.
What do your fans mean to you?
How do you approach cover design?
I like my writing to be simple and fun. I approach cover design the exact same way. Everyone should be able to understand what they're looking at.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dillon, South Carolina. Honestly, I'd have to say the people there influenced me way more than the place.
When did you first start writing?
5...Like most American children.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They've made the transition from print to digital in the book industry much simpler and more affordable by allowing readers to enjoy digital copies of my work instantly and inexpensively as opposed to printed copies.
Who are your favorite authors?
The Apostle Paul, Gregory Maguire, Internet Trolls
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The internet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
It comes to my brain late at night when I can't turn it off and ends up in a crappy outline on my phone by my bed.
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Published 2015-09-03.
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