Interview with Aidan Williams

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For my writing, the joy is in researching a subject that interests me greatly and writing about it. The history of sport is not only my writing interest but a passion for me.
What are you working on next?
My next project is to write a history of the Asian Cup football tournament to hopefully be published in the lead up to the next edition of the tournament in January 2015.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love great sports writing: Jonathan Wilson, Graham Hunter, Richard Moore are among my favourites for the great books they've written.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I my day job!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I go on recommendations from others, often over Twitter feeds from other sports book enthusiasts. Or simply I like to read about past editions of upcoming events e.g. the World Cup or Olympics in advance of the latest edition of those events.
What is your writing process?
The initial idea I have often seems straightforward, but when I break it down it can sometimes seem a little daunting. Having done that though, the chapters I want to write usually becomes quite clear and then its a case of filling in each chapter as I go.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Dirtiest Race in History - Richard Moore - fabulous book about drugs in athletics and the Seoul 100m final.
Inverting the Pyramid - Jonathan Wilson - the bible of football tactics. A great historical overview and an education.
All Played Out - Pete Davies - the seminal book on England in Italia '90.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sports books. It's my passion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, Asia's World Cup Story, was inspired by my time living in Japan and working as an English teacher there. My love of the country and its people then naturally for me led to willing the Japanese national tam to do well. Through this, I wanted to look at the successes or otherwise of Asian countries in the World Cup.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write my own books as an interest and hobby, and wanted to do the best job I could with it. If as a result of that my book could be read by others that would be wonderful. I want to share my passion with those of a like-mind.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I thought I would ever have fans, frankly I would just explode with excitement!
Published 2014-02-06.
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