First let me remind everyone that the contest Dean has going is still good. If you write a review on Frozen Prospects (The Guadel Chronicles) or Thawed Fortunes (The Guadel Chronicles Volume 2) you will be entered to win some pretty nice prizes. The contest goes until July 1st so there is still plenty of time! Check out Dean's site for more details.
If you are not a full time writer what do you do to pay the bills?
My formal education was in accounting and economics, but I went on for further education in accounting, so that's what I do to keep a roof over my family's heads. Like anything else, it's got pluses and minuses, and although I'm very grateful for my current position I'd very much like to be able to write full-time someday.
What was your route to Indie authoring?
Any tips for your fellow Indie authors?
It's probably premature for me to be giving tips to anyone specifically in the area of writing, but with life in general, I think that hard work usually pays off, so a key thing I focus on is just continuing to work towards my goals.
What served as your inspiration for Frozen Prospects?
Frozen Prospects started as a half-formed idea after I'd read some stories involving couples who fought as a unit and who were magically more than the sum of their parts. Roberta Cray has a great book called the Sword and the Lion that shares some common themes, and there was a short story I read prior to that which helped start me down this particular road.
What other work do you have available?
As of the time I'm writing this, I've got another full novel available (The Greater Darkness) on my site, as well as five short stories which span a number of different worlds and which are available both separately and as part of a collection.
What sites is your work available on?
As I mentioned previously I've got a number of finished work and samples up on my site, http://www.deansonlinefiction.com/. Additionally, everything I've currently got ready for sale is up on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. It being up on Smashwords and having been approved for their premium catalog means that eventually my work will also be up on Kobo, Diesel, and Sony, as well as a number of mobile app stores, but that all will take a while.
One of the things that really drew me to indie publishing was the fact that it meant I could take my backlist and get it up in a matter of months rather than years. I'm very excited about my current projects. I've currently got a sequel to Frozen Prospects which should hit Amazon today.
Are there any authors that you really look up to?
I've talked about Dean Wesley Smith already, but I really respect what he and his wife are doing from the standpoint of trying to get writers to think like businesspeople.
What do you see the biggest challenge in being an Indie author as?
I think getting exposure/an audience is the biggest challenge. There are plenty of other forms of entertainment out there competing for peoples' attention, and it's awfully easy to make a very tiny splash rather than the medium-to-big splash one was hoping for. People who blog, review, or otherwise spread the word about Indie authors, are priceless.
Have you ever been published in any magazines or any national publication?
Nope-I plan on continuing to submit to magazines though, so eventually it will happen.
Do you have a homepage/blog/twitter/facebook etc... that fans can follow your progress or contact you at?
Yep, the best place to keep up to speed with what I'm doing is at http://www.deansonlinefiction.com/. It's not pretty, but it's nice and simple and it's got a fair amount of content up already in addition to being the place to follow all of my latest exploits.
What is your favorite book/series?
Like most writers, it's very hard to pick just one. I grew up on the Wheel of Time series, and that's ultimately what pushed me towards the epic of which the Guadel Chronicles is a subset. I also like the Black Company series by Glen Cook. It's got a wonderfully dark feel to it along with the refreshing attribute that the protagonists aren't really movers and shakers in the world-at least not in the first few books. They are just more or less ordinary people who are doing the best they can while being caught up in much larger events.
Are there any specific sites that you visit for advice or inspiration?