Interview with Alistair Shand

Who are your favorite authors?
Gabriel Garcia Marques, Dashiell Hammett, Isabel Allende, Collette
What are you working on next?
Producing an anthology of short stories..
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Getting offspring to school
What is your e-reading device of choice?
An old Kindle
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Bewailing the failures of Alloa Athletic
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
By chance and surfing instead of writing
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I barely remember the last one I wrote..
What is your writing process?
An idea - a draft (where the idea fades) - a redraft a revision (repeat)
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember first reading several books - the Commitments by Roddy Doyle for its (apparent) simplicity
How do you approach cover design?
My artistic abilities are laughable. So simple is good
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Glasgow at the fag end of the 60s. In my memory it is quite film noir...
When did you first start writing?
Off and on for years - concentrating on it a bit more now!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Fear of rejection by publishers! And control of my own destiny.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Readers have been able to read my stories - for the first time being read by people I don't know!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Someone enjoying the end product
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Changes all the time... A Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marques) - it has everything! The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett - because of its sense of locale and tightness. John McNab by John Buchan - can smell the heather! The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez - a scarily brilliant writer! And another Marques book - Love in the Time of Cholera - but the list will change tomorrow!
What do you read for pleasure?
I am having a film noir phase! So - Chandler Hammett and Simenon for just now!
What kind of books do you attempt to write?
I try to write books I would enjoy - rather than the current market buzz - or for critics!
Published 2016-03-10.
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Books by This Author

The Grey Wolf
Price: Free! Words: 7,330. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General
A young man becomes a werewolf in contemporary Scotland. This changes his life completely. He finds other werewolves in the city as they struggle to control their affliction.