Interview with DR Stokes

What do your fans mean to you?
Fans? Wow well I guess that is what it's all about isn't it? I love creating stories, but what is the point of creating them if nobody reads them. Fans are the next best thing after family (in fact better than some family :o)
What are you working on next?
The third part of the Cinder Arc. I'm now 22 years after the first book and in this one Cordelia's children are all grown up and facing their own challenges... oh and unresolved issues from books 1&2!
Who are your favorite authors?
Where to start? Pratchett, Martin, Cornwell, Kate Mosse, Abercrombe, Frank and Brian Herbert etc... So hard to choose just one! Good thing we never have to.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family and writing really. Well that and the alarm clock for work, but whether the incessant ringing really counts as inspires or forces I wouldn't like to say...
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, or far more fun spending time with my family. I'm also working to set up a hands-on science centre in my home town. Improving the aspirations of kids (particularly in the sciences) is a big thing for me.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
At random...well sort of. I take a look at what there is and just read them. I love that we can do that now. In the old days I'd be really picky ('cos I hate getting rid of books, so each purchase was for life); now I just try things out. Every third or fourth book I will deliberately read something in a genre that is not one of my favs. I've discovered some great writers this way.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep, a version of three billy goats gruff when I was about four. My parents even made a cover for it. Maybe it'll go down in history as a lost work of literature (...probably not though).
What is your writing process?
Depends. Short sotries I just think of an idea and write. Novels I like to plan out (line per chapter). It keeps me focussed and lets me weave stories together. Sometimes (as with the Cinder Arc) I roughly plan across novels within a series too.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Arrgh. How hard is that. I'll give you series instead
LOTR- It is the defining classic of fantasy
Dune series- As above but sci-fi
GoT- Because it is just stunning
Boudicca (Manda Scott)- Because you know the tradgedy is going to come but you are still routing for her to win.
Anything by Terry Pratchett- Because he is a genius!
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can. I love to be varied and ebooks/indie publishing let you be varied on an epic scale! But really, fantasy, history, sci-fi mainly.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle (sorry). So easy to use and I can sync it with the app on my phone PC etc, which is super handy.
Describe your desk
Messy... but not dirty :o)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Devon, UK- Wow yes did this influence me! Caught between the wilderness of the moors and the Atlantic ocean, studded with iron age ruins and villages, surrounded by castles, woods, rivers... It was like growing up in Winterfell!
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could (3-4yrs), but I only decided to really go for it in the last few years when writers I coached persuaded me to try publishing my own work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Building new worlds. It's weird but you grow to love your characters which makes it hard to kill them off. I've suffered some real grief with the Cinder Arc books!
Published 2014-07-09.
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Books by This Author

The Cinder Crown
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 147,140. Language: British English. Published: July 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Historical » Regency
Intrigue, revolution, and war. Rescued from her abusive step-mother by the spymaster Countess Maria, Cordelia is feted and loved by the people as their beloved Cinderella. Beneath the surface however, the country is teetering on the edge of bloody revolution and deadly factions. If she is to survive, Cordelia must quickly learn to navigate this dangerous new world, or else be destroyed.