Meet Author Jeff Baker

author-jeff-bakerIn this interview, we will be getting to know author and computer programmer, Jeff Baker. When he’s not writing programming articles, you can find Jeff working on his Chainmail Made Easy Series, a series of books that teach you how to create things like jewelry, clothing, art, armor, etc. out of chain links. It’s quite an interesting hobby, and I’ve actually never heard of Chainmail before I interviewed Jeff.

Let’s learn more about Jeff!

1. Tell us a little about your background.

My name is Jeff Baker. I was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Italian and Czech heritage parents, but grew up in Arlington, Texas and have spent most of my life there with my wife, three cats, and two dogs.

For 20+ years I’ve worked as a computer programmer but these days in my off time I concentrate on writing my own non-fiction books.

2. Why did you become a writer?

I’ve always been drawn to books since I first learned to read. I read voraciously in all areas and then became interested in writing. I’ve had several short stories published but have been more successful in the non-fiction genre.

3. Do you primarily write fiction or non fiction?

Right now, primarily non-fiction books. I do have several novel ideas I work on and off, along with the occasional short story, as they come to me, but my current focus is on non-fiction, as I can write and release one much faster than a novel.

4. What have you written?

I’ve had nine articles published in “FoxTalk” magazine, “Foxpro Advisor” magazine, “SQL Server Magazine” and two chapters were included in the book “Exploring FoxPro – Volume II”.

I also have two short stories published in the horror and science fiction genres along with a collection of short stories with a co-author. On Amazon, I have three non-fiction books published concerning how to chainmail. Chainmail, being the medieval art of making armor, however, my books focus on jewelry and other practical projects.

5. Where can we find your books?

Primarily on Amazon Kindle. My second chainmail book in the Chainmal Made Easy series is available on all major eBook websites, and I’m in the process of converting the first in the series to be available at those locations as well.

You can check out the first book of the series here > Chainmail Made Easy: Beginner’s Guide In 7 Easy Steps

6. Tell us about your most significant achievement as a writer.

I think it has have been the first thing I published, a small little manual on how to launch a tennis ball from a set of soft drink cans taped together! It was published through a little publishing company out of Colorado that is now out of business, but it was the first “book” I had published in which I received royalties.

7. Do you have any upcoming projects in the works?

I’m continuing to write other books in the Chainmail Made Easy Series and will shortly release a perma-free book in the same series in the next couple weeks.

Thank you, Jeff, for sharing a little about yourself and your work with us here at Indie Author Central. Chainmail sounds fun and interesting! Maybe one of these days I will give it a try. And now you’ve got my curiosity peaked…how in the world would you launch a tennis ball from a set of soft drink cans?! Maybe I’ll have to check that book out as well!


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