Talking with Simon

The Rocking Self-Publishing Interview recorded earlier is online!

A month ago Simon Whistler, of the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast, interviewed me. I blogged about it then saying it would be available in a month. That month has gone by quickly. Today Simon released podcast episode number 142, with me as the guest. It is available now on iTunes, and the Rocking Self-Publishing website. The conversation covers a variety of topics from my own path to a writing career, to marketing and critique groups.

Simon, originally from England, currently lives in Prague in the Czech Republic. While still in school he sought an alternative way to make money, instead of doing the usual minimum wage service industry work. That led to narrating books for a small press, then freelance work and, eventually to the Rocking Self-publishing podcast.

This program has become a source of education and inspiration for the indie writing community. Previous guests are a Who’s Who of successful indie writers, Chris Fox, Ethan Jones, Bobby Adair, Mark Dawson, Scott Nicholson and many more. Every week I listen to the new show, and just finished listening to this last one. I’m really happy that I didn’t sound like a nervous twit.

I’m hope listeners will find the show a worthwhile addition to a very helpful podcast. Thanks, Simon.

A Meeting with Robin

I enjoy talking with students interested in a writing career.

Kyle Pratt and Centralia High School senior Robin McGrew

I spoke on the topic writing as a career in the digital age at Centralia High School back in November. On Thursday, I met with Robin McGrew, a senior at the Centralia, at The Station Coffee Bar in Centralia. Robin is thinking about writing as a career. We spoke for nearly an hour during which I told her that writing is a tough career to get started in, but I love it. I advised her, as I do with all novice writers, to connect with an effective critique group and hone her craft.

Robin, I hope you get an “A” on the assignment, and I wish you the best of luck as you start on your career. 

Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast

I just finished being interviewed by Simon Whistler of the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast.

Simon Whistler

To paraphrase how Simon starts each program, he interviews successful self-published authors so that his listeners can learn and follow. When I discovered the Rocking Self-Publishing Podcast a couple of years ago, I went back to the first show, and listened to every episode. By listening to the interviews I learned many techniques for indie-publishing and writing in general. I think every author would benefit from listening.

Simon and I shared a few emails over the last couple of years, but I never thought that I had the sort of compelling story that he often featured on his podcast. Then, recently on his program he asked for people with an interesting journey to self-publishing to send him an email. I decided to let Simon determine if he was interested in my story, and I sent him an email.




That led to more emails and today’s hour long interview. The podcast is scheduled for release on March 24th. I’ve asked Simon to answer a few questions. If he has the time to respond, I’ll add his input to a new blogpost announcing the release, and linking to, the interview.

Backdoor Survival Book Festival

Through Many Fires is being featured in Backdoor Survival’s fifth Book Festival

I didn’t plan it this way, but for the second time this month Through Many Fires has been featured on a prepping and survival website. This time the novel is part of Backdoor Survival’s book festival. Backdoor Survival is one of the top five prepping and survival websites. I’m pleased to be a part of this ongoing survival book festival which, in the past, has featured a number of bestselling books in the post-apocalyptic genre including, Expatriates, by James Wesley Rawles, and Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody and The Long Road, by G. Michael Hopf.

As part of the book festival promotion I’m offering ten copies of Through Many Fires. Winners can choose either paperback, audiobook or ebook format.

Since the book festival is ongoing I don’t know all the details yet, but I encourage anyone interested in survival and prepping or who hasn’t yet bought Through Many Fires to visit BackdoorSurvival.com for a chance to win a copy. I’ll write more about the book festival as it goes on.  

Apartment Prepper Interview

Through Many Fires was featured on ApartmentPrepper.com, one of the top survival and readiness websites.

Over the last few years Apartment Prepper has featured significant books in the survival genre such as Expatriates, by James Wesley Rawles, and Apocalypse Drift by Joe Nobody. I’m pleased the editor, Bernie Carr, was willing to add Through Many Fires to that notable group.

Bernie and I both wanted to make this interview something special, so as part of the book feature I’m giving away ten copies of Through Many Fires. Winners can choose either paperback, audiobook or ebook format. If you want to read the interview or you haven’t yet bought a copy of Through Many Fires and would like to win one, go to ApartmentPrepper.com and enter a comment on the question at the end for a chance to win.