Friday, October 25, 2013

Smashwords Interview with Desmond Shepherd

Smashwords has a nifty little thing for indie authors. It's called an interview and it's completely impersonal in that a series of questions generated by their web site can be filled in for the world to view. The indie author can even choose which questions they want to answer, how many, and create their own questions.

That's correct. The indie author can even interview themselves.

The interview is then posted on the author's Smashwords page.

All sarcasm aside, I do think this is a nice addition to the Smashwords site. So I decided to fill in my interview for Desmond Shepherd. I also decided to not take the interview seriously. I did 10 straight questions, using the ones generated by the Smashwords site.

Below is the interview. Feel free to view it on the Smashwords page, too. If you do, it will also show books I've written—all of which you should buy because this is a top notch interview that will surely convince you to read my stories.

Interview with Desmond Shepherd

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The ones that help me sell books.
Describe your desk
It's got a computer, some papers, drawers. And it has paper clips. I know what you're thinking. "That's my desk!" It's true. I write my stories at your desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I can't say where I grew up. It wouldn't really fit my bio that is all over the Internet.
When did you first start writing?
Probably when I was a kid. First words? Probably Kindergarten or first grade. I wasn't really keeping track at the time because it didn't matter.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my book? The story is the book. I'm not keeping any secrets about that.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Some stuff. And stuff that interests me. So, mostly stuff.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They've contributed beyond my wildest and imagined dreams, resting finally in the more sane and plausible ones. Without them, I wouldn't exist. LITERALLY.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is not writing. It's being done. One of the most laborious things to do is write. It sucks the life out of you and your brain, maybe even those closely related to you. This I have yet to confirm.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot. Especially on a hot day. If I could only tell you how many times during the summer I say, "Man, I wish I had one fan right now. One fan would be real cool."
What are you working on next?
My next project. So it's not the one coming out shortly, it's the one after that.
Who are your favorite authors?
The ones who write good books. They're awesome. The ones who don't? Well, they aren't my favorites.