Interview with Brian Cain

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, at around ten years of age, I won a school prize in primary school, a children's novel about a child on holiday by the seaside that finds a cave full of pirate treasure. I can't remember what it was called or who wrote it but I clearly remember working out the plot and how it was written. Far as I remember I thought it was pretty corny and began to write stories to see what I could think of, the book inspired me to create.
How do you approach cover design?
From the basis of plot and what I have available to reflect content. My daughter is a capable artist in oils and she did some early covers for me, the connection between my daughters cover at the face of my work made it far more special. I have of late in a series book used the same prop at the centre with reflective support surrounding the main prop, I have been able to achieve this myself.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Although I have ideas coming out of my ears I make a point of not studying other peoples work, I believe it may influence creativity to the point of plagiarism even if it's far from your intention. I tend to read masses of factual data to use in my novels and watch masses of films, they seem to leave the biggest influence on creativity. I tend to evaluate a film script rather than its screenplay, I really like The Shore shank redemption and was unaware the script was taken from a Steven King novel until I read about the film, real meaning and great screenplay. I like anything by Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger. An outstanding script I loved was Second Hand Lions. I really like Sink the Bismarck, The Battle of Britain and the Longest Day, reminds us of the price of freedom and democracy.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything factual, especially within politics, history or nature about flora and fauna; I studied historical naval engagements at school I was interested in British history and pirates. The Roman Empire and the rise of the British Commonwealth.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Laptop computer.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm really good at creating, not remotely interested in marketing never have been. Tried paperback publishing but now eBooks are easy and cheap to create. My daughter is always onto me about marketing but I'm not interested so pretty hopeless at it. For me smashwords is a good tool as I can upload my work with a wide range of audience but have been unable to create interest by those whom can help. Having zero budget doesn't help my family comes first and money was never a focus when it comes to writing for me, if it was I would have given up years ago. When I'm gone my books have messages for my children.
Describe your desk
Neat wooden with wood book frame. Parker ballpoint pen in a marble stand given to me by my daughter. Printer and scanner. Sundries such as scotch tape and envelopes and a hand written diary. Studio quality sound system and remote keyboard delivering to a laptop computer, my work involved a lot of computer use and have a 60 wpm keyboard touch typing speed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Rochford, Essex, UK, my father was a sergeant major in the Royal Sussex Regiment. Being born of a military family in the 50s and 60s gave a heavy influence of discipline. He was involved in military intelligence and gave me the idea of a central character, I even got the name from the manufactures label inside of his cap, Stanton, and they still make caps today. I was one of six boys and migrated to Australia a few days before my 16th birthday joining an elder brother that had already settled in South Australia. All these things have influenced my writing as my life can be described as varied and colourful, a fortunate life forged by making many mistakes and trying hard. The main part of my family is still in Essex UK, loss of my family and friends all in one day still haunts me and I am encouraged by friends to write a life story, something that can never happen for reasons beyond my control.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote in school from primary age, one of the only encouraging comments I got in high school was by my English teacher a Mr Pickering. He often held my work up in front of the class insisting we had a budding novelist in their midst. My work was thwart with spelling mistakes and poor punctuation but was praised up for originality and content, Mr Pickering said his wife read the stories as well. I didn't understand Mr Pickering's praise until many years later when I learnt to touch type with my first laptop computer, had a massive 32 megs of ram, once I mastered touch typing my ability to produce work skyrocketed. All of the ideas could be logged in one place and easily accessed any time, no more piles of paper. I still hold some of my hand written manuscripts from years ago reminds me of how valuable word processing would be once I got used to it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have settled into writing a series, it integrates several different stories and is up to book 8. As the series mounts up novels becomes far more challenging, it also take me to places I never expected to go. I anticipated the planting of phantom characters with little information on what happened to them in anticipation of using them in later books. This was a great move and just beginning to bear fruit. I studied people over the years asking stupid questions no one would be game to ask and often got an answer, great stuff for character building. Many of the characters are real and got them from areas people would fear to tread. My first published novel many years back has a main character that writes songs fluently but doesn't know from where they come, this is my own experience I have no idea where my creativity comes from but it flows constantly. Being a musician I experience the same with writing songs.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My friends and family couldn't read my work as some were far away, becoming an indie author opened up the ability for them to sample my work. I was especially interested in opening my work to my family in the UK whom are so dear to me especially my father. Unfortunately my father past before I could place a book in his hand. People within the music world in Australia have been able to sample a book about the industry, a long time friend made a great comment to me only a few years ago. He said everyone he knew said they were going to write a book, I was the only one who ever put one in his hand, I felt as if I had achieved something.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I initially published eBooks on Kindle, I didn't find Smashwords until publishing many. I thought Smashwords was a better option delivering too many sites and in many formats, I haven't really been publishing on Smashwords for that long but my download tally is encouraging. It is a perfect format for friends and family to access my work, I have poor ability regarding marketing, being involved in politics many have commented I see what you are getting at here and in the middle of romance.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can't say that any one part of writing gives a greater joy, I have an incredible creativity and enjoy using the gift.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have some followers, nice to have support but be it 2 or 200,000 would not affect my desire to write or what to write about.
What are you working on next?
A series about an MI6 operative loved by two very different women, one whom he married the other whom joins MI6 to get closer to her love and take out her frustrations on men without retribution from authorities.
Who are your favorite authors?
David Attenborough, Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and William Wilberforce.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Always busy, with family, work in the mining and civil earthworks industry, play music, love motor sport especially F1 and Moto GP
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I was in primary school, about a dead truck drivers ghost.
What is your writing process?
Microsoft word, laptop remote keyboard.
Published 2014-05-08.
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