Monday, 21 May 2012

Author Interview: Richard Stephenson

Richard Stephenson has written Collapse.

1. What is your name and where do you call home?  
Richard Stephenson from Southeast Texas.

2. Do you have a pen name?  

3. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or less words, what would you say?  
"Collapse"   Set in the year 2027, the book chronicles the downfall of America.

4. Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?  
This is the first book in a series of four.

5. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing?  
Riding out hurricanes and enduring the aftermath.  Been writing my current book for about six weeks.

6. Do you gift books to readers for book reviews?  

7. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book?  
I designed and created it myself.  Wanted it to be simple and direct.

8. Which is your favourite cover of all the books you have written?  
Just this one so far.

9. Is there anything you would change about your book covers?  
Not really.

10. Would you have different book covers for different countries?  

11. How did you come up with the title for your book?
I wanted it to be one word.  Figured "Collapse" pretty much sums up the plot.

12. Is there anything you would change about your book? And why?  
Not one thing.

13. Do you have a book trailer? And what are your thoughts on book trailers?  
Yes, it is on youtube and on my website. I think they are an excellent means of promotion.

14. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hardcovers or audiobooks?  

15. Are you a self-published / Indie author?  

16. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it?  
Yes. All of the harry potter books.

17. Have you ever bought a specific edition of a book because of it’s cover? (For example a UK, US or Canadian version)  

18. Have you ever read a book just based on it’s cover?  
I would say it is often the hook that pulls me in for a closer look.

19. Has the quality of the cover of a book ever put you off of reading it?  

20. What book are you reading at the moment? And in what format?  
Kill Shot by Vince Flynn on my iPad.

21. Do you have any advice for other writers? And what’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing?  
Write what you know, tap into your own personal experiences.

22. Where can your readers follow you?

Twitter:  @collapsenovel

Thankyou so much for taking the time to do this interview and allowing us a glimpse into your writing world!

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