Q&A’s from Smashwords.
Interview with Stan Rogers
When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?
In so many ways. Obviously I read a lot. I ‘play’ on Facebook and I have recently discovered Yahtzee on my iPad. I am addicted :).
What is your writing process?
Many and varied. I have to get the idea first but then I am very disorganized. I may start my story at the end,middle or beginning. All of my books started out originally as short stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I do. I was at school in first grade and read the Janet & John books. From then I progressed quickly to more advanced story books until I was way ahead of the rest of my class. The book that had the most impact on me was Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I actually heard it first at school in 10th grade when a teacher read it to us. I had to have the book and I have read it so many times.Middle Earth is a creation beyond compare. It will never be equaled.
How do you approach cover design?
Bearing in mind the laws of copyright I use my own artwork or copyright free pictures.My first Novel, Love Sex and Time Travel actually used a stock picture from Lulu’s library. I wish I could change it now. Maybe I can. But obviously I hope my front cover jumps out at you and shouts… “BUY ME”
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) J R R Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Rings. For it’s mind blowing lands and characters and also Tolkien s spellbinding prose.
2) Jack Kerouac’s On The Road. Great characters and gritty writing.
3) Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure. Fantastic story. Very allegorical as is the Title. Such beautiful description of the times and landscapes. Everyone should read at least one Thomas Hardy book.
4) Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’urbervilles, for the same reasons as above.
5) Finally Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. Fantastic science fiction from the writer of I, Robot.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that interests me. From books to blogs. I have not read newspapers for years though. Too much political orientation.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have the new Kindle Paperwhite. I did have the original Kindle until it was stolen last year. Apart from the lit screen on the Paperwhite I much preferred the original Kindle. I occasionally use my iPad but it’s nowhere near as good.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Networking I find to be pretty much useless. Too much and it becomes spam. My blog as been the best marketing tool for me along with word of mouth.
Describe your desk
Currently small as we are staying with a friend at the moment. Just about room for my laptop and iPad… oh and my Boofle.. 🙂
When did you first start writing?
Originally in my teens at school although none of that survives now.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
That is Faffy the Leprechaun. It is only a short story but started out as a bit of fun on my blog at http://www.stanmrogers.com
. I found that as I was getting so many hits on it I may as well publish it as a novelette.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simples. The love of writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has helped me to publish my books in electronic format easily and for free. You can’t beat that can you.
Buy it now.
Don’t forget. Faffy is available as a $0.99 ebook download in all formats. Click Faffy’s picture to visit the site.