Interview with G.P. Burdon

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very small town in the smallest state of Australia. It was so small, there were more cows than people. As a child, I was often bored with the lack of entertainment around town, so I usually turned to my imagination. People always told me that I looked like I was in a world of my own, but they didn't realize I actually was!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing from a really young age, I was no older than 8 years old. It started as a class project, we were supposed to write a children's story that we would like to read ourselves. I got really into it, I spent a long time on my characters. The protagonist was a frog. Now that I think about it, it's not a surprise that I ended up writing the genre I write, because even in that story, the frog faked his own death. I think I got a good grade for my work, but also a concerned letter from the teacher to my parents.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on my first full-length novel right now. I'm planning on writing it as a trilogy. It's a very dark-fantasy novel, where the protagonist is the Grim Reaper. I've taken a lot of old fold-lore and legend and combined maybe a thousand years of mythology with my own imagination and created a world of shadows that exists beneath our own. The Reaper is one of many and is torn about his role in the universe. He eventually goes against the design of Fate and refuses to reap a young woman, instead taking the soul of her would-be murderer. This, of course, causes a lot of trouble for him, but I won't go into heaps of detail right now, as I'm still working on the story-plan.
Describe your desk
Oh, it's a mess! There are papers scattered everywhere, pens strewn across the whole thing, open notebooks full of my chicken-scratch handwriting, it's a disaster. At least, it looks that way. I think of it as 'organized chaos.' It is impossible for anyone else to find anything on my desk, but I know exactly where everything can be found. It's all exactly where I put it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll let you know when I'm a success. Right now, though, I'm just enjoying the chance to get my writings out there, so people other than my friends and family can read them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That's like asking, "What do you most like about chocolate?" or "Why is your favorite color green?" It sounds like a simple question, but it is not so simple to answer. I suppose, for me, the greatest joy comes from seeing the story that once only existed inside my own head now exist on the page, where others can enjoy it as much as I did. Well, hopefully as much as I did.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't really consider myself as having "fans." So far, I think of them as readers who happened to enjoy what I wrote. That alone makes me feel pretty pleased. If anyone does consider themselves to be a fan of mine, well, that's just a few more ego-points for me, haha!
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, obviously. Then Edgar Allan Poe, John Birmingham, JK Rowling, the list goes on!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Inspiration. If I were to stay in bed all day long, every day, where would I find the inspiration to write? Where would I find the inspiration to set and achieve goals? Where would I find the inspiration to do anything?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well, reading is a big hobby of mine. I also really enjoy the cinema. I spend a lot of time with my wife, chat with my friends online and via text (as I now live in a different state than they do) and I am occasionally know to try and play the guitar.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The same way everyone does: I search for them. I take a look at whatever might take my fancy, scrolling through the newest listings, the most popular, highest rated, that sort of thing. If I'm after a particular genre, then I search for that genre. I try not to be too picky, it's important to have an open mind.
Published 2013-08-27.
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Books by This Author

Kings & Pawns
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 77,770. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Maya's biggest problem was not being able to ditch her deadbeat boyfriend. But when he turns up dead, Maya is the prime suspect for his brutal murder. Things only get worse for Maya when her estranged father turns up after a five year absence and no reason for Maya to believe a word he says. It's intrigue and mystery wrapped in suspense as Maya's world is torn apart.
Sinister Nightmares
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Horror » General
These most popular short stories from author G.P. Burdon, along with some brand new tales that have yet to be unleashed and can only be found in this collection will surely resonate with any reader, leaving that feeling of a cold finger tracing down your spine. Inside these pages are some of the most hauntingly original tales.
Angel of Vengeance: (Reaper Series, Book 2)
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,260. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
One year has passed since Peyton's world changed, but she and Darius are still not safe. Peyton's fate is still hidden from Darius' sight, a dark omen that looms over them both, threatening to wrench them apart and destroy Peyton entirely.
Angel of Death: (Reaper Series, Book 1)
Price: Free! Words: 80,140. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
NOT ALL REAPERS ARE DESTINED FOR EVIL. ONE REAPER MUST GO TO GREAT LENGTHS TO SAVE HIS NEXT VICTIM. Darius, a human who lived as a slave until his untimely death allowed him to become a Reaper, discovers another Reaper is consuming the souls of innocent humans to gain power. Darius must thwart this rogue to restore humanity.