Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
have been making stories even before I knew how to write because I have always
had a vivid imagination. I wrote poems and short stories in elementary school.
At age 16 I decided to see if I could go to the next level and write a book as
an experiment and as means of escape from the miseries of High School life. I
had no teachers to ask how to write books, so I taught myself how by using
basic knowledge and from reading books as a kid. This book that I wrote at 16
is Neiko's Five Land Adventure, but as it was being created, a saga was born.
It wasn't perfect then, but as I grew as a writer I went back and made changes.
I'm still writing in this saga today, and I have written 14 books in the saga
along with five short stories and a few poems. I graduated from the
Describe your book ‘Neiko's
In the war torn
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Since I was so young when I began this monumental task, getting started was the hardest part. Once I started though, it was easier than I thought, and I just let my imagination go like never before.
What books have had the greatest influence on you?
I didn't really have any major books that influenced me on my writing since I basically had my own story as a very young child from my own imaginary adventures, and I have always loved adventure and excitement. I did enjoy the Redwall books, Nancy Drew mysteries, the Hardy Boys, and the Shannara books. It was from these and others I didn't like as much that I learned how to write books and where I figured out what I did and didn't like in a book.
Briefly share with us what you do to market your book?
I do a variety of things to market my book, and I do it on and off the Internet. I use social media, author groups, my blog, book signings, my website, interviews, blog tours, and some services that my publisher has available to me. I create and find new ways to market my book all the time. Of course, I also use Bookbuzzr.
How do you spend your time when you are not writing?
When I am not writing I am usually in the woods or outside doing something, working with my dad in beekeeping activities, brainstorming, playing a video game, watching an exciting movie. I also have to do unfun things like housekeeping; I guess life can't always be fun and adventures.
What are you working on next?
I have a lot of things I am working on at the moment. I am working on getting my second book Escape from Ancient Egypt republished because I wasn't too happy about the outcome of the first publication, and I am hoping to do it by next year. I am working on two works in progress within the saga: Book #4Ramses Vs. Hawote and Book #15 Residing Evil. Book #15 has been kind of pushed to the side since I skipped around a bit during my writing career. I have also been recruited by fellow indie author Mark Levine the author of The Fine Print of Self Publishing to work with him in a project and I am also writing articles for him for one of his websites that is being refurbished called Go-Publish-Yourself.com. Also by working with him I wrote a small ebook Self Promoting and Survival Tips for Newbie Authors that I am waiting for to be released. Needless to say, I'm busy.
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