Joining us today is Kindle best-selling author Mike Wells, here to talk about influences, edits, and the secrets to his success. Also, we are giving away three complete sets of his thriller series Lust, Money & Murder (books 1, 2 & 3) in your choice of Kindle or ePub format.
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So, without further ado, I hand you to Mike himself.
CQ: You write quite the spread of different genres – comedy, YA, thriller. What draws you to each and do you have a preference? Some authors use different pen names for different types of work, is there a reason you chose not to?
This is also why I don’t like the idea of using pen names for books I’ve written that publishers would classify in different genres. It’s risky for me not to use pen names, because the theory is that customers (readers) have a kind of narrow-minded thought process and can only associate any given writer with one genre. Stephen King–horror, JK Rowling–YA Fantasy, etc. However, I have a little more faith in readers and believe that they can associate one writer with several different genres. Besides, I think I would go crazy with the logistics of using five or six different pen names. Talk about Multiple Personality Disorder!
CQ: What writers have influenced you, and are your reading tastes as disparate as your writing ones?
CQ: Wild Child is available on your site for free. Did you see a change in sales of your other books as a result?
CQ: Which of your books has done the best on the Kindle rankings, and why do you think that is?
CQ: Who designs your covers, and do you think having an attractive cover is a factor in sales?
CQ: Do you use an editing service, self-edit, use beta-readers, or a combination? What have your experiences been with the methods you’ve tried?
My experience with all this is that really great editors and proofreaders are extremely hard to find–be very careful before you hire anyone. I’m very lucky to be married to a fantastic story editor and to know a man who has a real gift for proofreading.
CQ: How actively do you use social networks, and what impact do you think that has had on your success?
CQ: Is your writing a full-time career for you now? If yes, for how long. If no, how far off is that goal, if it is a goal?
CQ: What advice would you give yourself at the beginning of your writing career, knowing what you do now?
CQ: You have Wild Child 3 and Lust, Money & Murder 4, 5 & 6 listed as coming soon. Can you tell us a bit about those books?