Interview with Andrew James Wells

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and what impact it had on you?
The first story I think I ever took any real notice of was 'The Magic Faraway Tree'. This was something that was actually read to me as a small child and it unlocked my imagination. I loved the way the story was written and the many lands visited by the characters like the land of do as you please, the land of topsy turvy and I think another was the land of goodies. Some books or stories follow a basic storyline but this book seems to slide down the slippery-slip and open into many lands of imagination.

I think this book shows to think outside the box and not limit yourself to a set idea. To branch out and create a world that draws the reader in, unable to put the book down till it is finished. This is something that has helped me with my poetry, to put myself in other situations and write will feeling but also helped with my novel, to write and visualise the scenes, the characters and how it all interacts.
How do you approach cover design?
When it comes to cover design, I think of the subject matter of the book itself and create something that is eye catching, simple and hopefully makes the reader want to pick it up and read it to find out more. I do my own cover designs via Photoshop rather than employ a cover designer as I can be a bit picky when it comes to designs. I don't really have a complete idea when I start designing, I can create a structure and add and remove layers till I am happy with the final design. Cover designers charge for their services so this is the best option in creating my own design and that I can use my funds in getting paperback books published instead.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I find that using social media such as Twitter or Facebook has helped get my books to a wider audience. I also find that companies such as Smashwords help to distribute my books to other companies such as Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony etc. This really takes all the stress out of having to do it yourself, just upload it to Smashwords and they do the work for you. Other indie authors can help too by retweeting your posts or giving you advice on certain issues or areas that you may not be confident in.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book 'Soil For The Rose' actually started out as a biography of my life but I thought that it might be a boring read to some, so I decided to create a character, Mark Mills, and created a story that follows his life from birth onward but included aspects of my own life in the mix. I think adding my own life into the story helps make it believable, more emotional and may connect with readers more. The story follows the main character from his birth and goes through the stages in his life, follows his ups and downs, follows his happiness and heartbreak and shows how when things affect you at set points in your life that it can alter the path you have been walking.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean a lot to me, their positive words or reviews show that my work means something to someone other that me. The first time I got a review of my work I was overjoyed as it makes you want to create more, it makes you want to be a better writer. The support people give me is great and much appreciated.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was called 'The Tales Of Sir Pemberton Smith'. It was going to be my first book when I was younger and it was my first go at writing in chapter form. I had a basic idea and just went with it, adding in funny parts too. It was stored on a floppy disc left unfinished. I finally found a way of getting it off the prehistoric floppy disc and onto my laptop and as I read through it I was shocked at how bad it really was. It was written some twenty years or so ago and when I look at how my writing has come on in my poetry and in the Soil For The Rose book, I find it rather embarrassing.

I added it to my website as the unfinished version to show that we all start somewhere and how it can start off really really bad but once you understand how to structure it, create characters and the storyline then you can go from a very poor idea to something powerful and worth reading. The story of Sir Pemberton will never be finished but a reminder to myself that I can progress and with proper story boards, structure and taking time with each chapter can produce something great.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I think the greatest joy is the feedback you get from people, knowing someone loves your work enough to want to take time out their day to write a review. The feeling of accomplishment is another one of those great joys too. I like that once I have written poetry that has real emotion and true feeling to it, that it then gets read by someone else and they have a connection to it too or they may see my subject or message within the poems to mean something completely different to them. I like how it's not just limited to my own interpretation, I guess just the same as song lyrics are these days, one verse of a song means something different to each listener.
What is your writing process?
This is different when it comes to poetry or fiction.

In poetry: I get verses in my head at all hours of the day or night and I write them down. I would then sit down and read what I had written and then expand on it, if it doesn't have feeling to it then it's either deleted or rewritten. I tend to sit and imagine a scene or subject and how it unfolds then try and put that in word form.

In fiction: I have a notebook that I write ideas down, characters and their background, maps of a specific area and maybe even a timeline to follow. I break that timeline in twelve parts, each part is a chapter and within each chapter I have a hook that pulls the reader into the next chapter. I scribble down everything, even if it's not that amazing, as it may evolve into something better or spark ideas for other aspects of the story.

I wrote a blog on writing that you will find here:
Published 2014-06-07.
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Books by This Author

Dark Road Ahead
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,290. Language: British English. Published: March 17, 2019. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Nonfiction » Psychology » Depression
This is a rollercoaster of emotions, from sadness to rage, depression to love, and details moments in my life, as well as things that are dear to my heart.
Love & Hate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2017. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
Love and Hate. This poetry eBook is a mix of both of those emotions, delving into reality and imagination to create a collection of poems in my usual style.
The Scars We Try To Hide
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,050. Language: British English. Published: September 15, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
The Scars We Try To Hide showcases poetry both personal and experimental. It covers love, life, pain and mental illness over the eighteen poems.
These Masks We Wear
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: British English. Published: January 3, 2016. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
'These masks we wear' is a look into our lives, the things we crave, the things that torture us and everything in between. It is a journey showcasing the things we want but yet out of reach, it is the sorrow that we love to embrace and the ghosts of our past that dance in the candlelight.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,580. Language: British English. Published: December 30, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Reflections is a mixture of poems with varied themes. It features poems that, as the name suggests, are reflections of what I see from my own journey but also the journey of others. Raw, emotional and words that hopefully touch people from experiences they themselves have had or are having.
The Devil Is In The Detail
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,610. Language: British English. Published: August 23, 2015. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
The Devil Is In The Detail is a poetry book featuring thirty two poems with themes of angels and devils, love, loss and the random things that circulate my mind. They range from a few lines to a few verses and fit in well with my previous works, so if you liked my previous eBooks then I am sure this will appeal to you too.
The Love Of All Things Dark
Price: Free! Words: 1,670. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2015. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Nine poems that linger in the darkness awaiting for you to come and embrace them.
Series: Imagination:Dark, Sample Book. Price: Free! Words: 2,320. Language: English. Published: August 29, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Poetry is a sample book to showcase my eBooks 'Past Visions', 'Shattered Glass Mind', 'This Winter Dream', 'A Murder Of Crows' and 'Devil Shaped Hole'. If any of these poems interest you then please see the complete titles.
Imagination Dark
Series: Imagination:Dark, Collection. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 10,840. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
This is the Imagination:Dark series collection and features all the books in this series, these being 'Shattered Glass Mind', 'This Winter Dream', 'A Murder Of Crows' and 'Devil Shaped Hole'. This collection also features 'The thoughts, meanings and feelings behind the poem', 'Personal Thoughts' and 'Interview'.
Devil Shaped Hole
Series: Imagination:Dark, Book IV. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,510. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death, Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
Devil Shaped Hole features another ten poems in the Imagination:Dark series. These poems follow the same dark twisted imagination that the previous in the series do.
A Murder Of Crows
Series: Imagination:Dark, Book III. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,620. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
This is the next collection of ten poems to feature in the Imagination:Dark series. A Murder Of Crows feature ten poems that are of dark emotion mixed with a fairytale of crimson red imagination.
This Winter Dream
Series: Imagination:Dark, Book II. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,880. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2014. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Death
This Winter Dream follows on from the Shattered Glass Mind book with another ten poems. This time I have experimented with styles and themes with the same weirdness and emotion you have come to expect from Imagination:Dark.
Shattered Glass Mind
Series: Imagination:Dark, Book I. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,380. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
Shattered Glass Mind is a collection of ten poems that contain real life emotions ranging from love, loss and everything in between.
Past Visions
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,530. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2014. Categories: Poetry » U.K. Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
This is a collection of over 80 poems that were written over a number of years. These poems range from dealing with loss, society, politics, current events and seeing the world and people for what they are. These are heartfelt subjects that will connect to every reader and give the reader something to think about and discuss.
Digital Shadows
Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Categories: Poetry » Themes & motifs » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Dark shadows in a collection of 12 poems taken from the book Past Visions. These poems discuss and deal with life's issues. These are heartfelt moments and subjects that leave the reader wanting to discuss these subjects further. This is the first book of poems by Andrew James Wells.