After a measure of frustration trying to get published the "traditional" way, I have am trying the indie route. I think that the Internet provides a really good platform for those who are willing to put in the extra effort to go the extra mile and self publish their work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Well, I'm just getting started with Smashwords, but I am confident that it will be a key ingredient in helping me attain my goals as an author. I look forward to the journey!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, writing is cathartic. I relish processing my thoughts and getting them down on paper (... or the screen, I mean!); further, even the editing process is valuable, as I continually learn to improve my writing skills.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, ask me in a little while... I'm just trying to get going as an author, to establish a fan-base if you will.
What are you working on next?
There are a couple of Christian non-fiction pieces, one a devotional and the other a treatise, that I have worked on and will be edited after I get my first two short stories published. More details to come!!
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham, Joel Rosenberg, Michael Cahn, Tom Horn, to name but a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My faith - hands down. As a Christian, my relationship with Jesus is my #1 priority. Everything else falls into place when I get that priority to the top of my list.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Socializing, exercising (jogging, biking), engaging in activities as a Cub Scouter!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Truthfully, though I am planning on publishing my work in ebook format, I myself stick to hard copy books (for now!)... I think, though, that ebooks are really great because they are inexpensive and easy to access - they are available at your fingertips.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Technically, these two short stories which I am about to publish, "The Factory Challenge" and "Energized" are the first official works that I am publishing. I am sure I've written short stories in school, though, for assignments. I admit I cannot remember them now...
What is your writing process?
I've learned the importance of outlining! This keeps me structured, and although I can allow myself to deviate, I have my endpoint in mind while writing, which is extremely helpful.
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