About Karl Jones
Although he’s travelled the world, and seen much of life, Jones prefers to be sat in the quiet of his home with his laptop, writing. His fictions are set in places which mirror his homeland, and much of his inspiration is drawn from his surroundings. Karl draws on his teen years in Bournemouth, with its quiet village-like suburbs, and bustling town centre, and he uses these settings to bring his books to life.
His thrillers stories stem from the darkest depths of his mind, however, his tales of space stretch further than your imagination can take you, and you find yourself spiralling out of control into the imaginary universes he creates as you turn the pages faster than warp-speed in order to delve further into his story. With a bibliography which spans many genres, including amongst them thrillers and romances as well as tales of the paranormal, you’re never going to be short on choice for reading material, because never sleeping, Karl writes from dusk ’til dawn, and occasionally even through ’til morn’ to bring his eager readers the latest instalments from his sought-after, bestselling stories.
1. What attracted you to self-publishing?
I attempted the ‘trad’ published route many years ago when I wrote fantasy but after several rejections I gave up. I’ve always been a writer and when I got a kindle, and discovered how easy it was to self-publish I decided the time had come for me to put my work out there.
2. What does ‘indie-author’ mean to you?
To me ‘indie-author’ means someone who is free to take chances with their writing. Someone who isn’t restricted by what the publishing houses believes will make them the most money the quickest.
3. What are the stumbling blocks on the road to success as an author?
The biggest stumbling block in my opinion is promotion. I am not a natural salesman so I find drawing attention to my titles difficult, as well as a time-consuming process that takes me away from my writing.
4. Have you tried other forms of publishing?
I tried the ‘trad-published’ route when I was younger but became disillusioned with the rejection letters.
5. How did you learn about XinXii?
I learned about XinXii from a fellow indie author, Saul Tanpepper, and and am grateful that he told me about you guys.
6. Every indie-author wants to be popular. What marketing tools do you use?
Since I lack a marketing budget, and am not a natural salesman, I have so far used Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other similar methods to gain attention for my titles, with mixed success.
7. Do you have some tips for your fellow indie-authors?
The best tip I can offer is to make friends with fellow authors. It is difficult for one person to have all the skills necessary for an indie-author to achieve any real measure of success, but a sharing of skills can help you with the things you either don’t know how to do or can’t do. Also you should be helpful to fellow authors; help them and they will help you. Sometimes a tweet from a fellow author can make all the difference to things.
8. You are on a lonely island with a solar charger. What eBooks would you have on your eReader?
It would have to be Harry Potter, Anne McCaffrey and Tom Clancy, possibly my three favourite authors.
9. Which author would like to have a dinner with?
This is a tough one. I think I would most like to have dinner with Anne McCaffrey; she had one of the most fertile imaginations I’ve ever encountered in literature, a neverending source of worlds and characters.
10. What are your future projects?
Right now I am working on two major projects. The sequel to my bestselling dramatic thriller, Shattered, and an action thriller called Masquerade. I hope to have both out before the end of the year.
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