Interview with Adam Cairney

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love being able to just lose myself in another world, really let my imagination run wild and just create something new and unique. I like being able to imagine the characters, feel what they're feeling and think what they are thinking. I picture the environments, and what they look like. Are they old? New? Decorated palaces, or run down backstreets? There's nothing better than creating an entire world from scratch.
What are you working on next?
I have a couple of ideas. I've got a thriller in mind that I want to work on, as well as a horror story, but both of those are in very early stages in terms of planning. Of course for the Spectrum universe the second book is already well underway, and is already looking much bigger and grander in terms os scale than the first book, really expanding on the story from the first book and exploring more of the world, and the characters. It's shaping up really nicely already!
Who are your favorite authors?
I think my favourite authors of all time are Garth Nix, who has written the Sabriel and Keys to The Kingdom series, and Jasper Fforde, who is the author of the Thursday Next and Shades of Grey series. I would highly reccomend all of those series to anyone. They are amazing fantasy and thriller stories, especially the Sabriel series, which is now a perennial favourite of mine. I revisit it yearly.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to write, but I can't do it all the time! I also enjoy reading, whether it be books or graphic novels. I like to drum when I get a moment. I'm...not too bad. and I enjoy playing video games as well. When I'm not doing any of those things I like to relax at home with my partner and our two cats.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, and it's unfortunately not the best memory. When I first started writing I don't think I realised just how difficult the entire process was, or could be. I imagined myself sitting down and writing a masterpiece right from the word go. So of course when I wrote my first story and then discovered the myriad of imperfections within I became very disheartened. The entire process is lengthy, and difficult, and requires passion, resolve and patience. I guess you learn though!
What is your writing process?
I like to sit down and dive in. I do plan beforehand, but I find that if you spend too long planning that's all you'll ever do. You'll never actually get started on the story itself. Once you start breathing life into your characters and your world, if you're on the right track I tend to feel like you'll know it, and you'll want to keep writing. This then blends in with the planning you've already done, and your story, characters and world will blend in with the planning you've already done, and you'll adapt what you've already planned as you go.
How do you approach cover design?
Ooh, interesting question! I had a few ideas in mind when trying to figure out what to do for a cover, and so approached a graphic designer to help me whip up some covers. He drew up a few designs and emailed them across, and I would then give him feedback on what I did or didn't like, and he would modify the designs based on that. This would then continue until I was satisfied that the cover conveyed and represented a little bit of the world I had created within the cover.
Published 2015-11-06.
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Books by This Author

Spectrum
Price: Free! Words: 56,510. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Elijah and Molly Sinclair stumble upon a troublesome secret that has awoken in the Cloud, above the ancient city of Spectrum. Can they save the city before it faces annihilation, or will they succumb to the growing darkness of the shadowy figure that has risen?