Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve just published on pre-order my 38th novella. Most of my eBooks are about 30/35,000 words. I wrote my first book about 20 years ago when I was living at the edge of a coconut estate in Sri Lanka, but after a nasty experience with a “vanity publisher” I decided to self-publish my books. However, four years ago I did approach several publishers such as Blushing Books, Mundania Press, eXtasy Books and Global Publishing Group LLC. They took ten of my manuscripts between them, and made great covers, but don’t have a great marketing department!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I met an old friend several weeks ago, and we’ve both grown older, and wrote this 31,000 word novella using a lot of my imagination.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I tend to think of the plots for novels in the middle of the night, so I get up and start writing. I make Excel files detailing my characters’ details, and the very brief summary of each chapter, words and reminders.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
What are you working on now?
I’ve recently published my fifth Box Set, each of three novellas but with a comment theme, and now my sixth is on the horizon.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I start with Smashwords, and they give me the best advice on the technical formats like covers, epub, and the ISBN.
I then take the manuscript to Amazon.
Now I can start promoting and I have 5,000 Facebook friends and over 50,000 Twitter followers, but many of whom are fellow authors. Candidly I find FB ads are not very productive, and I’m struggling to find reviewers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, just write and forget outside comments.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just write and forget outside comments.
What are you reading now?
A strange novel: Zulu Hart by Saul David, but I have enjoyed it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have an unfinished manuscript from about two years ago but I’m frankly struggling with the last 5%!
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
To be quite honest I’d prefer to take things like a machete and a flint.