Interview with Joshua Vernson

How did you start your writing career?
Originally I started writing scripts for my School, but one managed to make their way into the local Theatres. I stopped after School, but in late '17, I decided to move on to books simply because I wanted to see if my skills could transfer over.
When did you first start writing?
Around age 12-13. I used to write Scripts for fun, but one day I was tasked with writing a Script for my School as part of a project. The teacher really liked it, and asked me to help with other scripts. The teacher was friends with a local Theatre owner and eventually, the script I wrote managed to make it's way on stage. Needless to say, I didn't get any credit.
Why do you use plain covers?
Short answer: saves time and money.
In my opinion - and undoubtedly many will disagree - the only thing needed for a cover is the title and Author. I could spend a lot of time and money either seeking and buying professional photographs or artwork, or I could take no time and spend no money on covers that get the message across just as clearly.
How would you describe your writing style?
I tend to not be too descriptive because I know not everyone envisions things in the same way. I want to leave it to the reader's imagination.

For example: "He was a tall, strong, Middle-aged Mercenary". In my mind he is a professional so doesn't have scars, but to the reader he might be riddled with them. I don't want to force the reader to see anything beyond the essential.

If any of that made any sense.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Southern England and not in a very nice area. I was more interested in sports than the 'nerdy waste of time' that I believed writing to be, as did a lot of my friends. It was only when my Father convinced me not to join the Military by telling me I "have a great mind" that I thought maybe I should do something about it.
Who do you write books for?
I write for myself, but I also have the reader in mind. I know that in this high-speed world, not everyone has the time to spend hours reading books. What I try to do to help that is put in a lot of a story in as short a space as possible. This way, the reader can get a lot of story, without needing to spend hours reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not the first one specifically, but it's the oldest story I can remember (which I presume is my first) was about a boy who had nightmares about a crazy woman with an Axe standing over his bed, only to wake several days later and the nightmare became a reality. Maybe one day I will publish it as a short story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First book I properly read (cover to cover) was "Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die" by R. L. Stein. I used to think stories needed to be 1 quadrillion words long, but seeing a book only about 15,000 words long gave me hope that maybe one day I could be writer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Simply put: the freedom. In real life, for obvious reasons, we are bound by various barriers. However, writing gives me the freedom to explore and manipulate the World and see things from an angle that either no longer exist, or have never existed.
What is your writing process?
Often it's like a 'hit and run' process. I will come up with an idea, then see where I can take it. Basically, I will think of a World (period, environment, etc), then I will think of potential issues that may come up in that World (famine, political intrigue, etc). From there I make a few characters and let them guide me through the story.
Published 2018-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Idnahold: Invasion
You set the price! Words: 37,500. Language: British English. Published: July 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Idnahold: gangs, violence, war. One unlikely man risks it all and pays the price to end it all.
For Gudaeil
You set the price! Words: 25,100. Language: British English. Published: January 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The Empire is plunged into a tense situation, and the new Emperor has to find a rapid solution. In order to kill several birds with one stone, he must weave a web so complex that a single miscalculation could be disastrous for everyone.