Interview with Clive Verrall

What is your writing process?
There are a number of books that I have had in my head for some time. This gives me the vision for what I am going to write. From the vision I like to write the structure of the book. Then I put notes to myself into the book structure, again these are normally parts of the vision that I already have in my head.
Next I write the chapters that really inspire me the most. Once these are written then I go back through the book writing the missing chapters. These usually come a lot easier to me once I have written the earlier chapters. Then it is time for a lot of editing, re-reading, more editing and repeat until I am happy enough to share it with someone else.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first book that I ever read was The Secret Garden. It was at school when I was around 11 years old. I have to admit that I found it quite a sad book and that feeling stuck with me for weeks afterwards.
How do you approach cover design?
To be honest, I find this very difficult. I have trouble visualizing what I want and even choosing the right photos to use on the book cover is not easy. Saying this, I have been very pleased with the covers created by Angie at pro_ebookcovers.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to have many books open that I am in the process of reading at the same time, one of which will be purely for pleasure and the others will be for some particular purpose. Recently for pure pleasure I have been reading Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Voyage. it is a pleasure to turn the laptop off sometimes and to look at something different.
Describe your desk
I am in my wife's village in Thailand at the moment. As a result of that my desk today is a concrete breakfast table in the grounds of the Buddhist temple in the village. It is one of the few places here that has WiFi.
On the desk is my laptop computer, with a wireless keyboard that I find really comfortable for a long writing session. Sharing the table with me is my son (11 years old), with his laptop, our fizzy drink bottles and the food containers with the remains of the spicy food from lunchtime. Around us are the cats, dogs and chickens that live in the temple grounds. It is hot but there is a nice evening breeze coming past us and ruffling the leaves on the trees.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in the south of England. At school English lessons were a lot of fun and I enjoyed the creativity of writing stories to my own design. I didn't meet anyone who was an author and I didn't think it possible that I would ever write a book of any kind.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing my first book less than a year ago. The structure and the vision for the book had been in my head for years. It just took me time to pick up the keyboard and get on with it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book that I am currently writing is about how to start work for a major corporation. I think there is a big gap between being successful at academic studies and being successful at a major corporation. It takes a long time to understand how the corporation works. This book intends to close the gap and to put new joiners onto the fast track to a good career at their chosen employer.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to be in control of my content and to publish when it suited me.
Published 2015-04-11.
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