Interview with Phillip Haveard

What's the story behind your latest book?
I was staying in a home on the beach in Costa Rica in a small town called Matapalo. The stories I heard about drug smuggling in the area gave me the idea for the book. Most of the descriptions and circumstances are actually true. It is a fictitious story ... but with a lot of truth to it in the sense that it could happen.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had previously written a children's book that was universally acclaimed to be an excellent story. But I never was able to get a print publisher interested. My negative experience with the whole industry led me to try the indie online publishing venue instead.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I have just started with Smashwords a few weeks ago ... so there has not been enough time for the results to show up. However, I researched the digital publishing options extensively. In doing so, it became abundantly clear that Smashwords was the way to go. The process is relatively easy with them, and quick to implement. The venues in which they place your book is much more comprehensive than any other online publisher out there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing makes me forget about all the day to day problems that we all face. I really get involved with the story and with my characters to the point that I am actually "living" the book. I am in another world that provides me with a sanctuary from the real world and its harsh realities.
What do your fans mean to you?
Of course they mean everything to me. Fans validate me as an author.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a follow-up novel picking up where Matapalo leaves off.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ernest Hemingway and John Steinbeck are my favorite authors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Probably my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to travel. I used to be a professional photographer and still take a lot of photos.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By searching the Internet and by referrals.
Published 2014-01-06.
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