Interview with T.W. O'Dell

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think bringing a new character or situation to life, especially when I can write something that may be unexpected or even surprise the reader. I kind of revel in making the reader wonder what's going to happen next.
What are you working on next?
The "Second Stop", also known as book 2 in the "My Journey Through Time" series!
Who are your favorite authors?
The classics (or classics in my mind at least), H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Tolkien, Mark Twain, Edgar Allan Poe etc...
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I've recently gone back to school to finish up a degree so most of the books I currently read are assigned, but generally speaking I get recommendations off of previous books I've read. Between Google, Amazon and the NSA they generally do pretty well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Well having started in music, I 'm not sure that I could remember the first story, but I definitely remember the first song, and it wasn't very good. So let's move on shall we?
What is your writing process?
To be honest I think I cheat. I actually have really interesting and vivid dreams. Not all the time mind you, but every once in a while, and that's where I write from, things that my unconscious mind literally dreams up. I just hope that the dreams I find interesting enough to write about, everyone else does too.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do actually, the first story I ever read was "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells. I'm going to go ahead and say it definitely had a profound impact, seeing as time travel is sort of the center piece of my current work.
How do you approach cover design?
In this case there is a very poignant discussion, and really a situation that occurs in the book. So that is what I wanted to see on the cover, some clue as to what the reader could expect. I think that's probably going to be my approach going forward as well, something that sticks out in the story to me, and gives people something to look for, and also I have to say, I am really blessed to have access to a very talented graphic artist, so that helps of course.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Wow, actually you know I use them all really. I have an Android tablet with all the regular apps on it (i.e. Kindle, Google Books, Nook, and a few other random ones I can't think of off the top of my head). I guess the only one I don't use is Apple's stuff (not that I have anything against them, I just don't have a need for another tablet).
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Well I've only just started (as in today), but I will say that I'm thoroughly impressed with both my Facebook Author page and my Google+ author page, and the advertising that goes along with each. In fact I've already started to generate some sales, just (as I said) in one day. I think pricing is really important too though, I kind of feel like if you try to push for what you may feel your efforts are worth (because let's face it writing a book can take a long time, unless you're Stephen King), you may turn people away before they even have a chance to get interested.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Actually, I had plans originally to shop the book around at first to some of the publishing houses and agents, but I started doing some research and found that several big authors had gone this route. So I thought well, I can give this a shot, see how it goes maybe one of the bigger publishers takes notice and offers me a decent deal, or maybe I just keep my day job and enjoy writing as a pass time. Ultimately, I feel like I have a story to tell, and through indie publishing, one way or another I get to tell it my way, and that's really a great thing.
Published 2013-11-12.
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