jueves, 27 de agosto de 2015

Morris E. Graham Interview

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 

I have always loved to read. I am an avid reader and Amazon reviewer, present ranking 107,262. I am married, father of four, from Central Arkansas, USA. I have worked as a welder and later as a telecommunications worker. I am nearing retirement age for day job, and when that day comes, I hope to spend my days writing, reviewing, and editing.

Which writers inspire you? 

Tony Hillerman, James Clavell, Alexander Dumas, James Lee Burke, and others.

Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

Not yet.

When did you decide to become a writer? 

When it became obvious while writing an eight page short story for my web site that I had not exit strategy—and one book wasn’t going to be enough.

Do you write full-time or part-time? 

Part time until I am able to retired from my day job. Then it will be full time, writing and offering editing services to other authors.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you? 

Both. I see the beginning, work toward the ending I have in mind, basically see where the book takes me to get to that end. I do outline in a general sense, but only to keep my facts straight. My outline is more to keep timings and events in their proper order. For instance, in book two that I am working on in my trilogy, I established that the character had church services on Wednesday night, Sunday day and night, and karate classes on Tuesday and Thursday. I was reading through a two week stretch of this character’s life on the post, and found that the events that should have been occurring were not. I had to map out a two-week calendar and rewrite some chapters.

Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 

The best way is to print some copies and enter them in the goodreads giveaway. I got five amazon reviews out of seven books I gave away. I got some reviews by finding books which were reviewed on Amazon in my genre, found some reviewers with publicly posted email addresses, and wrote them a letter.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 

Good reviews give you encouragement; bad reviews help you become better.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

My website is updated now and again. http://www.morrisegraham.com 
Catch me on goodreads, I am a goodreads author and frequently check out the Support Indie Authors forum https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/154447-support-for-indie-authors.

Any Comments for the Blog readers?

I am also an editor, and offer a range of editing services for other authors. To inquire, email me at morris.graham@sbcglobal.net. My rates are very reasonable, and I am very meticulous about my editing.

Any feedback for me or the blog?

I appreciate what you’re doing for the readers and the authors. Indie publishing is an exploding industry. Many of the traditional publishing houses who relied on the printed word are no more. The invention of the e-reader has changed the landscape of the literary world. I am glad to be part of this exciting new world of publishing.

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