Interview with Craig Decent

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Just the world and the crazy, silly, incredible thing that is life. There is never a day when you can't find something new, odd or interesting about the world. Just get up and after it!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Playing or following sport. Watching movies, shows or theatre. Wandering on a beach or the bush enjoying what the world has to offer. Photography. Cooking and eating, maybe not in that order!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
One of the best things about ebooks is that you can generally download a sample, portion or just have a look. The possibilities are virtually endless and in having that ability to dip your toes in the water and see if you want to go swimming you're sure to find something you like that you may never have found if you'd had to go and look at book covers in a store.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I've still got a copy! It was a strange tale of crime and a young man being betrayed by a woman that I still laugh at when I look at it now
What is your writing process?
I start with an idea of a story and set out to write that story and make the points or observations that I have in mind but for me it is a very organic process that almost takes me along for the ride as much as me directing it. Within a basic framework and character set the story unfolds and develops much as if it has its own path to follow and I often stop and look at where a story is heading and am amzed at where it has taken me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first ever, no but I recall always reading, my grandparents encouraged me to read and I always enjoyed being carried away with a story but the first books that made a genuine impression on me were Lord of the Flies and 1984. It was those books that made me start to think you could go anywhere with a story, you could be sharply pointed in observation but still tell a good story.
How do you approach cover design?
Despite it not being considered smart, and I probably agree, I still use a photograph that I've taken myself as the basis of my covers. I really enjoy that process of creating an image that hopefully, people will look at and enjoy. It's part of my creative process and maybe I can grow out of it or listen to the marketing gurus but I doubt it, I enjoy doing it too much.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Lord of The Flies, 1984, Cloudstreet, Breath, The Book Thief. Why? The first two are self-explantory, just great books that got me interested in serious fiction. Cloudstreet is the best book I've ever read, just loved it and Tim Winton is a certifiable genius so I throw Breath into this but could substitute anything of his. The Book Thief caught me by surprise. My wife gave it to me and said I had to read it and I was reluctant, even more so when I started and Death was the narrator but it is simply a beautiful book and will always make a list of faves for me.
What do you read for pleasure?
All sorts of stuff. I love anything that can make me laugh or cry. I am parochial and look for Australian authors but don't close the rest of the world off. I can enjoy a gritty crime story as much as a light comedy. There's something out there for any mood and any taste, you've just got to go and find it
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I thought the kindle was the greatest thing since the internet but gee these new tablets are astonishing and whilst I'm not keen on advertising for them it is awfully hard to not be impressed with the iPads.
Describe your desk
A horrible mess! I am messy, untidy and generally nobody's idea of clutter-free but I do have a system of sorts and as long as my wife doesn't decide to clean-up I can usually put my finger on whatever I need.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a story, more of an idea, a concept perhaps thatt has really grabbed me and although I know it could be more than a little controversial it is something i am compelled to do. I think it's by far the best thing I've ever done.
Published 2015-03-04.
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Books by This Author

Doing Good
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 100,850. Language: English. Published: December 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
Rex Dyson has always operated on the simple philosophy of trying to do a bit of good in the world and as he's moved into his twilight years he's found putting it into practice is a worthwhile way to spend some of his time. Now, with Rebecca, his lovely younger neighbour, facing the end of her life, can Rex do more than a little bit of good?
A Month of Sundays
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 92,380. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Disillusioned, disappointed and struggling with his faith in anything and everything, Tom Moses is a man in crisis. When he sits on a park bench and finds he is sharing the seat with a man who claims to be God you'd expect him to be dismissive. But what if he doesn't? If he can't? If you thought you were talking to God, what would you say?
Killing Tye Garr
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 63,190. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When your music career is stalled and you're out of money what can you do to get yourself out of the trouble you've caused by arrogance and laziness? Tye Garr and his manager Brett Jackson have come up with the definitive career move - kill Tye Garr.
Growing Pain
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Just a Moment
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,650. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Everything in your life happens in a just a moment.Of the millions of moments that make up our lives most will pass as unremarkable; ordinary. For all of us there will be moments of importance. Moments that can change our lives. Big moments. A big moment from his past will present James Campbell with a big problem in the present.