Interview with Edward Tennyson

What is your writing process?
It goes in spurts and then fizzles. At times when I'm in the flow I'm writing a few pages an hour. Other times it's slow. It is always, organic. I don't edit while I write and I don't re-read what I've written unless I'm confirming continuity. I don't plot anything on paper. I have a rough plot in my head and I fill in the rest while writing.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted something modern. I'm fairly proficient in Adobe Photoshop and I looked at a number of covers in the local store and decided the elements I liked best and went from there. After that it was just layering the montage as I wanted it.
What are your favorite books, and why?
I suppose my favorites right now are the Rivers of London series by Ben Aaronovitch, the Doctor Who writer. The're just fun and well paced. Since most of my reading is actually listening to the audiobook versions lately the reader really has to make the book work otherwise it's just dull and lifeless.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mysteries, Police crime novels, fantasy, thrillers like the John Rain series by Barry Eisler.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Nexus 7
Describe your desk
Cluttered with papers, post-its and possible some article of clothing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind the Victoria and Samantha series was simple. I like to write about female characters because I feel I can get away with expressing a wider range emotions. I write about gay characters because I don't think that orientation should have any bearing on the story and actions of the characters. I'm also fairly tired of the old hero comes to save the day stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've never been one to stick with tradition and I think the road to publishing is so much easier and quicker this route. Yes, it's harder as far as marketing and I'm still working that part out.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
In a word, immersion. When I write I'm really a spectator and jotting down what I'm seeing as I'm following my characters around.
What do your fans mean to you?
Quite a bit. Like any producer of art I do want to please people but I also find that I want to do something that I enjoy. Hopefully those two things are the at least compatible. If nothing else I want to entertain them for a little while and perhaps they can experience the same immersion that I enjoy.
What are you working on next?
Victoria and the Little Red Dress. The title comes from one of the "jobs" that Victoria and her team pulled off in an unnamed adventure that's part of the mythos. It's much darker than the previous story since what happens to Victoria is not very pleasant. Which is probably why it's taking me so long to really get going. Who wants to torture their favorite characters?
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing video games, drawing and probably mulling over some part of the story in the back of my mind.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly by browsing the genres that I'm in the mood for that day. Then narrowing it down by type of story and maybe the reviews.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about a character named Rool Scase. Who is a space marine.
Published 2013-11-27.
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Books by This Author

Victoria and The Evil Senator
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 48,020. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
Free-spirited Samantha Ames, a successful art dealer, meets mysterious international fashion photographer Victoria Smith. The two hit it off and go out for a relaxing dinner - only to be chased around the world by international thugs, a crooked politician, and assassins in this darkly comedic action-filled tour de farce. Is either woman who she seems to be? Can they make it to dessert?