Interview with C Jones

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I prefer using my Ipad to read ebooks. I use my Ipad for just about everything so it's very convenient for me.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm never afraid to ask for help when it comes to marketing. I've learned a lot just by talking to other authors and book reviewers. Goodreads has been my number one resource for my marketing tools. The discussion boards have been invaluable because I can ask for advice about marketing with other authors. I've had a lot of success finding my target audience by visiting book review sites that promote the genre of books that I write. They have even offered to promote and feature my book simply because I contacted them to inquire about a book review.
Describe your desk
Well, my "desk" is my loveseat in my living room and when I'm outside it's my patio table.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kansas City. I was raised in more of a rural area on the outskirts of the city, so I wasn't really exposed to the hustle and bustle of cities until I was eleven when my mother moved us to Olathe Kansas. Growing up in a quiet and peaceful environment gave me the opportunity to use my imagination everyday. We didn't have video games and we rarely watched television. I was always outside everyday playing sports with my brothers and I liked spending my evenings laying in the grass and looking at the stars. I started writing stories and poems at a young age. I know that because I was raised in a slow paced and calm environment where we were encouraged to keep ourselves occupied without modern technology, that helped me learn to open my mind. I used to pretend play all the time and make up scenarios in my head and I'd act them out. To this day I still do that, only now it's in the stories I write.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at a young age but I didn't really start putting together any works until I was in junior high school. When I was in the seventh grade I was introduced to poetry, the old school poetry and I fell in love with it. I loved the rhythm and I loved the imagery that ran through my imagination while I read those poems. I remember looking up at Ms.Hart, my teacher and saying to myself that I'm going to write books because I wanted other people to see what I write in that same way.
What's the story behind your latest book?
A tortured young boy is brutally murdered by his sadistic parents and in order to save his soul he must face his demons of the past. Little does Landon know the Dark One is there, watching and waiting for him to make the mistake that will destroy not only his soul but all of humanity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a control freak! haha. I enjoy working at my own pace and being in control of what material I put out for everyone to read. Not to mention my books will never go out of print or be pulled if sales lack. I know I'm leaving a piece of immortality on this Earth once I'm gone. We only live once, as far as I know, and life is too short to do it someone else's way, with policies and rules that I have no part in making. I like to make my own rules, than change them if they're not working for me, so in a way I suppose I was destined to become an indie author. It's challenging and it's a LOT of work, but I know it's totally worth all the effort.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Taking all of the frustration, the hostility and dark thoughts in my mind and creating a beautiful piece of literary work that I know will scare the hell out of the reader. That is what brings me great joy. I release my demons onto everyone else and as long as they keep wanting more I know I'm doing something right! I really do love bringing these thoughts in my head to life. It's the greatest release and gives me the most wonderful freedom.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know if words can describe what my fans mean to me. Fans are the reason I keep writing even when my fingers ache. They're the reason I look forward to revising because I know that it puts me that much closer to releasing that next book to them (by the way, revising can be worse than a root canal at times). They mean the world to me. When a fan contacts me I personally take the time to reply because I want every fan to know that they are special to me and I love them all from the bottom of my heart. They keep me going.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on my second horror novel and I don't want to give anything away. Let's just say it's one "spell" of a book.
Who are your favorite authors?
Anne Rice, Gaston Leroux, Thomas Harris, Edgar Allen Poe.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Each and every new day holds limitless possibilities. I can't wait to get up and see what I'm capable of each day. You never know if you'll be fortunate enough to be here tomorrow so take advantage of today and live to the fullest with everything you do.
Published 2015-02-12.
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Books by This Author

Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,210. Language: English. Published: February 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
A tortured young boy is brutally murdered by his sadistic parents and in order to save his soul he must face the demons of his past. But little does he know, The Dark One is there, watching and waiting for Landon to make the choice that will not only destroy himself, but all of humanity.