Interview with John Hickman

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
SMASHWORDS
Describe your desk
Cluttered
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in London, England.
It reflected in my writing and I published a book about it called "TRIPPING OVER" best described as a true life diary of a wimpish kid.
When did you first start writing?
After I retired in 2003.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest published book is "SEX, LIES & CRAZY PEOPLE" another true story best described as a true life Fawlty Towers.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Traditional Publishers and Literary Agents turned their backs on me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
An inexpensive way to publish an eBook!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing the project.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
I just need another million or so!
What are you working on next?
My work in progress is as yet un-titled.
It will be my 4th book published but my 1st novel.
Who are your favorite authors?
David Baldacci, Lee Childs, & Matthew Riley.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Waking up!
I don't take life for granted in my 70s, and I'm conscious of my own mortality.
Old age is a privilege not granted to everyone.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I write early most mornings, which gives me the rest of the day. I enjoy action movies, I'm a bit of a foodie, and I socialise with my wife of over half a century and our adult children and friends. Alcohol figures in there usually from later in the afternoon.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from friends.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No!
But my first published book is "RELUCTANT HERO" an incredible true story about WW2.
What is your writing process?
Notes on my Sony or iPhone get transferred to my iMac Pages and then become expanded in to chapters with headings.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
"Pete Of The Wild Grass Country" was a great young boy's adventure story. Followed by the works of Enid Blyton.
How do you approach cover design?
I employ experts.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have a favourite five books but I have enjoyed all of the 'Jack Reacher' series by Lee Childs.
What do you read for pleasure?
Action, adventure, fiction, whodunnit...
Published 2017-09-06.
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Books by This Author

Sex, Lies & Crazy People
Price: $3.95 USD. (Free!) Words: 88,330. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
John tells the bittersweet true story about his family’s involvement in the Harewood Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent in England during the 1960s, interspersed with self-deprecating reminisces. Best described as a true life Fawlty Towers – but without Basil
Tripping Over
Price: $3.95 USD. (Free!) Words: 74,330. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
'Tripping Over' is the true comic foil sequel to 'Reluctant Hero.' John grows up in post war England in the 1950s and 1960s in the shadow of his Dad, a returned war hero. John senses he is different but not in a good way and knows he has big shoes to fill. He is not coping well. Beleaguered and confused, poor judgement and clumsiness dog his every move. John's self-deprecating humour prevails.
Reluctant Hero
Price: $3.95 USD. (Free!) Words: 105,740. Language: English. Published: April 4, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Military biography
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An incredible true story about John's Dad, Bill, who left school at 14 and became a Lancaster Bomber PILOT in WW2. He wanted to be part of the 'establishment' but rebelled when he realised how expendable he was. Victim of their class concious attitudes, he was unwilling to toe their line. An exciting, thrill-filled war story and a window into history.