Interview with John Heath

Who are your favorite authors?
I enjoy reading Robert Jordan, Robert A. Heinlein, Brandon Sanderson, Rafael Sabatini, Naomi Novik, Allan Mallinson and Jane Austen amongst a long list of others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife, she makes every day worth while.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, historical research and figure painting are my most common pastimes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Most often, although not always, I start reading a particular author from a recommendation. I was recently recommended to read His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik; now I just have to read the series and so my book collection grows yet again.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a short story based upon the myth of Merlin's first prophecy and just for fun it was written in the voice of a Saxon Skald.
What is your writing process?
Inspiration, motivation, frustration and sometimes, publication.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first work of fiction that I recall reading was "The Imperial Stars" by E. E. Smith and my reaction at the end was "wow, I can read and it wasn't bad at all", this from a semi-literate teenager. The true impact of this first book is the three bookcases behind me, the high bookshelves encircling my workspace and the great weight of books that my attic has to bear.
How do you approach cover design?
Keeping in mind: genre, target audience and specific subject, I browse through my base designs and select a suitable template. Still with the three areas in mind I look through what images are available and select a series of what I consider suitable cover images. Then it is just a case of putting the image into the template and showing the selection to a small focus group.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan - A brilliant epic fantasy with great characters and an amazing setting.
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein - A very different sci-fi, great characters and an amazing look at an imaginary isolated culture.
The Empire Trilogy by Raymond E. Feist & Janny Wurts - Yet again, amazing characters and an unusual group of cultures combined with a great storyline.
Pegasus Bridge by Stephen Ambrose - A great history written from the angle of the individual rather than looking at "the big picture".
Persuasion by Jane Austen - A great story and Jane Austen's writing gives some amazing insight into an area of Regency society that is not often seen elsewhere.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sci-fi, Fantasy, Steampunk and History.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Samsung Galaxy Tab or my Samsung Galaxy S6 phone in certain circumstances.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in 2005 after falling ill and beginning to study History. I needed to practice my skills and so I began to write fiction.
Published 2016-09-10.
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Books by This Author

The Ancient Oracle: A Beginner's Guide to the Art of Tarot
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,390. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » New Age » Tarot
In this book is contained everything the newcomer needs to take them from their first steps with Tarot up to being able to competently give simple readings. The Ancient Oracle concentrates upon the learning process and guides the newcomer to Tarot through every stage of becoming a proficient Tarot Reader.