Interview with Clive Austin

What's the story behind your latest book?
SWINGERS of West London is a romantic comedy set in a West London swing dance class that follows two interweaving storylines. In one, Clive gets dragged along to a dance class, ends up developing a reputation having been falsely arrested on three charges, before he meets Kay, a beginner teacher whom he falls madly in love with... despite the fact she already has a partner called Simon who also works at SWINGERS. In the second storyline, Tamara, a failed ballerina, goes to SWINGERS hoping to reclaim her childhood dream of one day becoming a big name in the dance world the only way she knows how.. by sleeping her way to the top via head teacher, Jon, who is not only married, but is also himself having an extramarital affair with a fellow member of staff. The result means that, although Tamara and Jon's love interest want to scratch eachothers eyes out, they have to pretend they all get along like one big happy family in front of the paying public.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As I explain in the preface of SWINGERS of West London, I lost my job following an accident that left me largely disabled. A friend recommended that I write comedy to cheer myself up... and the rest was history.
By the end of the year I had 32 episodes (having originally written it for TV), 99% of the necessary extras, locations, and choreographers sourced, a bunch of multinational financial backers interested in supporting it, but despite contacting every production company and agent I could think of, most simply didnt reply, and so I took the side step of releasing my story as a paperback... which then become a bestseller within two days before going on to become an International bestseller.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in West London and went to many dance classes of all disciplines across the country which gave me plenty of real life comedic experiences to fall back on and/or embelish..
What do your fans mean to you?
I invite anyone who read my books to follow me on social media. I had one reader contact me over Christmas to tell me she had stopped reading my book to track me down and tell me how much she was enjoying it. At the time, I hadnt recieved a penny in royalties, but knowing that my work had moved someone so much meant everything to me... to the point that I was still telling people two weeks later. In that one moment, I thought of the MONTHS that my manuscript sat under my bed, doing nothing, threatening never to see the light of day..
When did you first start writing?
Tricky to say... I first started writing jokes on social media in 2010, but it was only when I lost my job (after an accident that left me largely disabled) that a friend suggested I write a story to cheer myself up a bit... within days I had four pages of jokes and another four pages of experiences to mold together into a storyline I called "SWINGERS of West London"
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Most people told me my story would never work for multiple reasons (without actually reading any of it). Actors, agents and production companys simply wouldn't respond to my emails or letters, and the swing dance community often lambasted me for posting links to my book, suspecting it was pornographic (which it wasn't), so I had to find a way of not listening to other people or not telling them what I was working on, safe in the knowledge that at least I thought it was a good idea. As I've explained, the paperback then went onto become an international bestseller, the 3rd highest ranked comedy on Amazon and their highest ranked title on dance WORLDWIDE. I then went onto build the biggest swing dance and lindy hop page on Facebook and have since ended up with more the biggest swing dance/lindy hop related Twitter feed, with more followers than most of the famous actors I'd originally written the parts for (who STILL haven't replied after 3 years)
What are you working on next?
SWINGERS of West London, Part 2, The Chase is on, should be released within the next few days. I have enough material for another 3 or 4 books in this series to follow. check out my Facebook page to be kept informed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Promoting my book or trying to get it to TV
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted something simple that captured the style of a time when swing dance was in it's prime.
What do you read for pleasure?
Thirty Nothing.. It taught me how to leave storylines supposedly unanswered, only to tie up all loose ends at the end.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I bought a simple tablet and simply downloaded free software
Describe your desk
A mess.. it has a never-ending "to do" pile and a bunch of jokes on scraps of paper, yet to be forced into future books.
Published 2016-04-12.
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Books by This Author

How I Became A Bestselling Author In 2 Days
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 21,880. Language: English. Published: April 14, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity
Best selling author, Clive Austin, shows you one simple technique designed to help increase the sale of your book. This one simple technique saw him become not only a #1 best selller within 2 days, but also the 3rd highest ranking comedy in the US and the highest ranking title on dance WORLDWIDE. Follow https://twitter.com/cliveaustin1976 for more info