Here is my Smashwords author interview. You can click on this link to read it at Smashwords (and maybe look around my author site), or read it here at WordPress. I thought it would be a nice addition here in case I delete my Smashwords site someday.
When did you first start writing?
- Like many of us, I began writing at elementary school and continued in high school through encouragement and support from my teachers. They saw something I didn’t, so I never knew I could become a professional writer until I was at college, earning a degree in art.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
- Yes. The year was 1966 and I was 9 years old. There were plenty of books, movies and TV programs about outer space, and Star Trek had just made it to the TV airwaves. My first story was about five astronauts landing on Mars and exploring the planet. There were no martians or any other life there except for the astronauts who ended up colonizing the place inside a glass city they built. I had a fascination of someday living on another planet.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
- I became an indie author when I was 13 and received a typewriter for my birthday. I wrote stories, mimeographed the pages, put them in binders (or stapled the pages if I didn’t have money), and gave my books to family and friends. (This is when I developed the characters and places I still write about.) And like I did all those years ago, I still give away my books. It’s delightful to know your work is appreciated when you see a smiling face and hear that person say “I loved your book. Do have any more?”
- I think many people don’t realize that a few centuries ago, many authors who had their own printing presses were indie authors. Those who wanted to spend more time writing, hired someone to operate the presses. And someone somewhere opened a printing shop and created the first publishing house, changing the way authors published their books.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
- As I mention in my Smashwords bio, I grew up in a small town with lots of cousins who liked to tell ghost stories. I carried on the tradition when I began writing my books.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
- I began marketing my ebooks with Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) program because they were the easiest to find. Their author page and my blog have helped customers find my books. But the most effective technique has been word-of-mouth.
How do you approach cover design?
- I’m an old-school graphic designer, so I use pencil and paper and begin with a dozen or more black and white thumbnail sketches of the story’s main theme. From there, watercolor on paper board is the easiest medium for me, so I do a mock cover in paint after I choose a final sketch. I scan the painting, work on it using Photoshop, and transfer it to Microsoft Word for the text. Then I transfer that back to Photoshop and clean things up for the final cover.
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
- I am always writing, it seems, even in my sleep. But when I do get away from writing and have time to relax, I enjoy watching baseball. I was an avid player in my youth, and I played softball in a men’s league for many years. I also read a lot of history, philosophy and biography books, as well as urban fantasy, and I snap wildlife photos and doodle in sketchbooks in my spare time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
- I’ve been a Kindle-holic since 2010, so I’m often browsing the books at Amazon. Before that, I surfed the internet looking for indie authors who published online. I recently joined Wattpad and began reading some of the many authors there. And now that I’ve discovered Smashwords, I plan to increase the number of ebooks in my online library.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
- The unfinished story. I have many. And it seems as soon as I finish one, I have added two more unfinished ones to my list.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy reading my books.