Interview with Jimmy Cappello

What do you read for pleasure?
I read a variety of books in different genres. Current author's reading list includes books by Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, Mario Puzo, and Ryu Murakami. I also love to read Zoetrope 'All Story' magazine.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Simply writing the best story I possibly can. I'm not involved in marketing my books.
Describe your desk
A cup full of coffee, Muji and Moleskin notebooks, and a Pentel automatic pencil for writing the actual stories. Eventually I copy everything into my MacBook Pro. Actually, 99% of my writing occurs in coffee shops.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in and around the London area, where I spent most of my time working as a musician in clubs and studios. The story of 'Man Alive' was inspired by characters and events that I encountered while staying in New York City in the 90's - with some characters from London thrown in.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing stories when I was a child, but never tried to publish or even show my writing to anyone. Finally, I decided to self-publish my first novelette after several years of grinding away with the same ideas. During this time, I also wrote several screenplays and other stories, but I have never done anything with these.
What's the story behind your latest book?
As I mentioned earlier, 'Man Alive' was inspired by events and characters that took place while I was in New York. A couple of the characters were inspired from my old barbers in London. Two Italian guys with questionable side ventures.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm an indie author because I don't have any interest in entering the 'business' of publishing at this point. I like controlling my own works and not answering to other people. Also, I've had a roller coaster career in music and didn't want to put myself into the same situation with my writing. This first book is an experiment, and if people like it, I will consider writing and publishing more.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to publish my story without having to really enter the business, or ask for approval. Whether it will be a 'success' is up to both my story telling abilities, and the readers.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Simply grinding out words and putting my feelings onto paper. A writer creates a unique world and has to dive deep to move forward and actually make a story work.
What do your fans mean to you?
Do I have fans? If I do, I'm extremely grateful to them.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a few stories at various stages. Two are purely abstract and based on my twisted imagination, and one is based on some stories I heard while staying in Switzerland. I'm also busy trying to get two original TV projects from development stage and into pre-production.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger, and then breakfast. I'm also hopeful that each day will be productive and may even bring some good news, however big or small it may be.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write music and create sound effects for a living. I'm also involved in TV development. At weekends I like to drive and make pizzas.
Published 2015-07-28.
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Books by This Author

Man Alive
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,110. Language: English. Published: August 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Horror » Crime
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When the streets turn bad, blood begins to flow, and chaos takes over.