Interview with David Reynolds

What is your e-reading device of choice?
kobo
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
direct face to face
personal recommendation.
social media promotion.
Describe your desk
cluttered. always have several projects on the go at any one time. the usual, computer, keyboard, printer ( laptop on coffee table - near tv and kettle ). Mobile phone always handy. paper pens ( with museum's name on ) . folders full of ideas, snippets, part-worked projects underneath on shelf. desk diary,pocket diary and calendar all handy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Born in Staffordshire. my father was a trouble-shooter for a 'Hotpoint'. As a consequence my early childhood was spent in several different parts of the U.K. I attended a number of schools, and was always the new boy; so I quickly learned how to survive and interact. This has helped in later years. My writing always contains a touch of sarcasm or humour, as well as being riddled with geographical, historical and natural observations.
When did you first start writing?
when I could first pick up a pen. I won an award at school aged 7 for a natural history project. another at 9, at a different school for a geographical study. I had my first 'story' published whilst I was serving my engineering apprenticeship. my first 'antique' article upon perfume bottles when was 18, and an erotic series published in Fiesta ( a men's glamour magazine ) also at 18.
I began to write/compile and edit, the Golden Group News and later the Kids Review, whilst I was a Venture Scout and later Scout Leader.
In 1995 I launched the science fiction / fantasy fiction magazine 'Reality & Beyond'.
In later life, in my role as Director of the Foxfield Heritage Railway, I have worked closely with the local authorities and university to produce a number of publications/ pamphlets and display boards.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This book is really a collection of stories and incidents that took place during the first 16 years of my life. A second is part written, whilst the third instalment, as I am now just over 50, is planned to follow.
All of these memoirs are liberally splashed with sarcasm and wit ( all be it English humour ), as well as a little history and geography thrown in for good measure.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
new technology. the development of the ebook considerably shortens the time and lessons the cost of putting work into print. It can also broaden the reach of the work.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is my first ebook that is being distributed through Smashwords, so perhaps you should ask me this particular question when we conduct a follow up interview in twelve months.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Having a few germs of an idea, or memory, and then seeing how it grows. although 'joy' is not quite the word that i would use when you get writer's block.
What do your fans mean to you?
My writing has been largely produced for specific purposes, many of which were factual. My departure into humour and later science fiction has opened up my work to more readers and their comments. Their support is always appreciated. As I am an active director, some of my fans are able to approach me personally and offer well meaning criticism as well as requests for more specialised studies.
What are you working on next?
As I said when describing my desk; multiple projects. The second part of my memoirs ( Have I Got A Screw Lose - Or Are My Nuts Too Tight ), as well as additional material for my 'Unbelievable But True' and 'Spectres and Spirits' series. Ticking along in the background is the completion of a science fiction novel ( From Eden To Armageddon:- Out Of Place, Out Of Time ).
Who are your favorite authors?
Asimov, Clarke, Tolkien, Cussler.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm on my mobile phone. I am not a full-time author.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am the Director of a heritage railway museum. I also am the 'landlord' of the museum's on-site public bar. I organise beer and music festivals. I will occasionally travel in Europe; I also watch motor racing when I get the time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have no time to read ebooks. The authors that I listed as my favourite all produced 'hard copies' that are now in my bookcase. I read them before I became so busy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was twelve, and it was a science fiction story. I was at school in Goldenhill at the time.
My first published story was written when I was 16. It was entitled 'Lady Of The Woods'. It was a story of a mother coming back from the grave to save her child. It was published in a women's weekly magazine.
What is your writing process?
block / fill / edit / shuffle / research check / proof / re edit / 2nd proof.

I have put it simply, but all writer's know that it is far from simple and there are many other stages. I know that every piece of work that I have produced in the last thirty years has gone through at least THREE re-writes before I am happy, and even then it is like a good film, never completed - just abandoned when the time and money is up.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
THe Hobbit by Tolkien. I loaned the book out of the library in Llandudno in North Wales. It had a dramatic effect upon me. The mountain range that I could see out of my bedroom window were the Snowdian range and looked just like I imagined the 'Misty Mountains' to be. My father even took me searching for the dragon. I was seven.
I was surrounded by images from the pages of books, with the white rabbit from alice in wonderland on west shore ( 1 mile away ). toad hall from wind in the willows in Colwyn Bay ( 2 miles away ). The tales of Bedgellert and the Jabborwocky in the Welsh mountains nearby. As well as being surrounded by castles upon the Welsh coast. To me 'Dungeons and Dragons' was not fantasy - I could walk it.
How do you approach cover design?
It needs to show what the book is about. my memoirs cover image shows pictures from my past. The science fiction novel has a cover designed and draw by my brother who is a professional artist and depicts a scene from the story. The ' unbelievable series' has a cartoon image of a fireman, again draw by my brother.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
sorry but the question is too difficult to answer. I do not have a short list that only includes five. But the Lensman series by E.E.Doc Smith is well up there, as is Asimov's Foundation Saga, and Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, and the Harry Potter ensemble.
As I take a second look at this list - it strikes me that all of these 'books' are part of a long series. So I guess in hindsight it appears that I prefer 'books' that have characters that you can follow as they have long, continuous adventures.
Again in hindsight, this is probably the way that I 'write' my books. The memoirs is a trilogy. The science fiction novel ( From Eden To Armageddon ) is in four parts, and the short-story series that I have been working on ( Falling Through The Gateways Of Time ) is character driven adventure. Even the D&D adventure that I have roughed out, is provisionally titled Seven Sacred Seals Saga, so this too will be a longer project.
What do you read for pleasure?
Clive Cussler or Star Wars. also Edward Marston's historical mysteries when I am on a long journey as a passenger.
What has prompted you to make this sudden push to get your work published.
As I answer this question it is the summer of 2017. I have recently received the 'all clear' upon an outbreak of cancer, and was thus being urged on by my family to complete these outstanding projects by way of recuperation.
Published 2017-06-11.
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Books by This Author

Its Just Flaming Ridiculous
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,520. Language: British English. Published: July 2, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Curious pedestrians turn their heads, noisy vehicles race by, their giant blue lights flashing and their klaxon's wailing. But are these emergency crews really always engaged on desperate life-saving missions of mercy, or battling major crime waves Hardly, a good deal of these crews are busy responding to incidents that at best could be described as strange or 'flaming ridiculous'
Memoirs Of A Rogue: Has Puberty Been Warned That I Am Coming?
Price: Free! Words: 54,400. Language: British English. Published: June 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Follow the pre-pubescent life of a Staffordshire born lad, as he combats all the trials and tribulations of daily life, both at home or at school. Accompany him as his family relocates to North Wales, and then later returns to The Potteries. Feel with him all of the emotions. Life, death, injury, love, and most of all laugh with him or at him, as these adventures are packed with humour and satire.