Interview with John Williams

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have never read an ebook
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. It was called "Ode to a Zit"
What is your writing process?
After I get all the kids to bed and watch a little Netflix with Ruthybabe, I try to write a little. I wish I could write a rough draft, but I go line by line and if it's not perfect, I can't move on. Consequently it took me five years to write Pet Peeves.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was Lord of the Rings in Jr. High--I may have read books like the Red Badge of Courage and other "required" reading, but Lord of the Rings was down town Charlie Brown.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Well, apart from scripture, The Lord of the Rings, Enders Game, Tennis Shoes Among the Nephites, Where the Red Fern Grows and the Infinite Atonement.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Like I said, I've never read an ebook
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I've never done that either. I think I'll put it on Facebook, but up until last month, I never did anything on Facebook, so I'm not sure I'll have any friends I can talk into buying my book.
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Price, Utah. I don't think Price itself influenced my writing, but my education which I had there certainly did.
When did you first start writing?
High School
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my latest--and only--book is that it's MY story--at least the story of my married life. I felt compelled to write it because someone else in the universe ought to know what it's been life for me to live in a state of complete and utter insanity.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I actually don't know what that means. I probably should google it before I answer this way, but I just thought a lot of new authors were coming out of India and were using Smashwords. I'm guessing that's not accurate...oops I just googled it. Indie-for "independent." Well, after I got rejected about 50 times from various agents, I decided to publish my own book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I couldn't have done it without you.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting it out of my head. I couldn't rest until I did.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any fans, but if I ever did, I'm sure I would appreciate them.
What are you working on next?
Actually, I have three novels in mind. One is a science fiction novel that I think is going to be awesome. The other is a fantasy novel that has the potential to be awesome. The third is a Biblical/fictional novel creating a story line from characters in the Bible--I doubt anyone will think it's awesome but me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have to be inspired to get out of bed. I'm an adult with responsibilities--why would I lay in bed when I've got life going on?
Published 2014-03-14.
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