The Seventh Word – Author Interview by BooksGoSocial

The Seventh Word

an interview with author S. L. Smith

by BooksGoSocial

(original interview can be seen here.)
Today we are chatting with S. L. Smith the author of The Seventh Word.

Tell us something unexpected about yourself!
I’ve served as a missionary in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya.
What novels affected you the most growing up?
I cut my teeth on Narnia and Michael Crichton books growing up, but the novels that most affected me down the stretch would be Les Miserables, Lord of the Rings, and The Fountainhead.
Where did the idea for your current book come from?
This is a prequel to a series I’m working on called Raintree. The Seventh Word has many parallels to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Stephen King’s IT and Salem’s Lot, and The Lord of the Rings.
Do you think there’s any way you could ever run out of ideas for books?
Nah!
What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your career?
I try to write a page or two a day. My method has changed drastically. I used to struggle to get a paragraph. I think law school helped me to write in quantity, as well as quality.
How important is marketing and social media for you?
Without social media, I don’t know how I would connect to readers.
What advice would you have for other writers?
I heard Ernest Gaines say once that you need to read on the order of 20,000 books before writing one. Before publishing one, my advice is to write a few first to get your gear works oiled and running.
What are you reading now?
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, The Civil War by Shelby Foote, Witness to Hope by George Weigel
What’s your next step?
After launching The Seventh Word, I’ve got a Zombie trilogy, again set in Louisiana, set for release.

The Seventh Word is available on Amazon here 


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