Interview with Daniel Stone

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is the freedom to go anywhere or create the unexpected with your personal thoughts. Its a little bit like being on a magic carpet and the world is your lobster only its not a lobster its a massive elephant and you are moonwalking backwards up the yellow brick road.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have fans? I guess that means I'm not as rubbish at writing as I think I am!
What are you working on next?
A story about a lady obsessed with a newspaper column. It is as different to my first book as I could make it.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Dodge, DBC Pierre and John Niven
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love life and find sleep boring. I also love the first smile of the day I get from my daughter. If I didn't get out of bed my wife wouldn't be able to plant the seeds for our next adventure she wants to plan. Whilst certain destinations remain unexplored I'll never be able to rest and I wouldn't want it any other way. I'm also a big believer in making the most of our time on earth.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Usually my day job takes up most of my time. I also follow West Ham United, I enjoy fishing and pottering around the house and in the garden with my Mrs. In an ideal world I'd spend more time with my family and friends either on holiday or in the pub. My ideal life would probably be spent between Ibiza and the Maldives and home in the summer and then a lovely snug chalet in the winter for a spot of snow boarding. But I do love the festive cheer of home and log fires and rosy cheeks, pints of real ale and roast dinners.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading was Danny, the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. I thought it was written for me or about me and somehow my life was entwined with Danny's. This lead to me reading all Dahl's books.
How do you approach cover design?
Having come from a creative background and working daily with fantastic designers helped me for sure. I could have created a million covers and not one would have been perfect or imperfect. Its like putting on your favourite shoes, they just fit and feel right. I'm quite certain if you can judge a book from the cover then my book is destined to become a classic.
My approach would be to get an idea in your mind of what you want and then when something comes along that's better don't be afraid to grasp it.
Describe your desk
My desk is a cluttered affair which is spring cleaned once every few years.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I wouldn't say I have had any success as yet! I'll be more than happy to let you know if this changes.
What do you read for pleasure?
I really enjoy reading the general discussions forum at It is mainly a West Ham United fans forum that covers every conceivable subject and not always football based. However when West Ham lose it can prove quite a depressing place which is quite a frequent occurrence.
Published 2013-09-17.
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Books by This Author

Rush Hour Crush
Price: Free! Words: 125,080. Language: English. Published: January 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Joan sits in a police cell surrounded by soggy tissues, the main suspect in a murder investigation. It appears to be a fairly straightforward case. Well, apart from the man outside dressed like an extra from the Braveheart movie who’s claiming full responsibility. Joan only really wanted to find her Rush Hour Crush. How did it end up like this?
When the Pilot Light Goes Out
Price: Free! Words: 69,890. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Pilot Light suffers a breakdown following a string of personal losses. His grief leads him to commit a crime that doesn’t go to plan. Whilst delirious he attempts to cover his tracks. Through a sequence of flashbacks we understand how a nice, ordinary bloke has come to be feeding hacked up body parts to the hunting dogs at London Zoo.