I have written my whole life; seriously, I have a file of rejection letters a foot thick to prove it. My English was poor after leaving school so I understand why. I spend my spare time writing and re-writing/editing and putting my life's work online. You can find 40 years worth of novels, plays, poetry and essays published at Scribd:
During the recent period of uploading I have managed to edit and deal with the poor grammar that held me back when I was younger. I am proud of my work and so far the 27.000 readers I've had to date agree with me.; I wish more people would pay to read my work but I don't write to be paid; I do it because I enjoy immersing myself in creativity. If others enjoy or learn anything from what I've created it's a bonus.
We've all been spoilt by free content availably on-line so I understand why people don't want to be bothered paying for something they expect to be free. It would be nice if I could earn something but, as I've said, it's not why I write.
The underbelly of life and some of life's loosers interest me. Having experienced difficulties in the past I have an intuitive understanding of depravation (whether it be poor housing or homelessness or habitual behaviour); this combined with my psychological training helps to get into my character's minds and explain what drives them. I have an intrest in the unusual and history; or odd historical events. Hence one day I may write about a drug addicted cab driver who has a transexual as a partner and the next about ghosts.
The first book I wrote 'Before Now and After' was started when I was a wayward 15 year old at one of those Stonehenge Free festivals back in the early 70s. I still own the two foolscrap tombs filled with my longhand scrawl. As the sound of Hawkwind filled the hash stained air and rain fell across the field of tents and flags the words just spilled onto the page.
It ended up being written backward with the last section being written first, and the first section written last and the narrative is like a teenagers bedroom wall, here's a splash of occultism, there a flash of music and a whole load of other interest thrown into the mix.
The publishing industry never got to appreciate the talent and only saw the crazy grammer and bad puctuation; thank the lord for internet publishing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have to be INSPIRED to write. I've tried sitting there and forcing it but that does not work with me. I may not write a thing for a month and then a dream, a chance snippet of gossip, anything can get my brain milling over. Then I write my plan, normally in one or two hours, the whole story in little bits and pieces will come out. I will spend a few days thinking about the characters (starting with the main and then working out the others) and then the work begins. Once I have the plan I basically have the whole story and just need to write it in a narrative form. Editing is my most hated chore because I'm not good at it and I will revisit something sometime after I thought it was all as good as it could be and notice a spelling mistake. That pisses me off.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest I have a good library and think it's important to give them my time, I've read virtually every book in the local one and now go to the main one if I need to read. I read books like food when I was younger and would have three on the go all at once sometimes. Today I write more then I read.
Two free books as an introduction to the author. The first the true story of a gay teenager growing up in 1970s South Africa, the second a dark love story set in a 1960s brothel. Adult themes and sexual references.
A woman's life, from her teens in a Nazi death camp to her later work as a killer for Mossad. Focusing on her romance with another inmate who she meets unexpectedly later in life this story reveals how fate seems to have a path set for us all.