Interview with Ian Warner

When did you first start writing?
I started writing a few years ago with my passion being fiction. I wanted to be the next JK Rowling and write an epic series of fiction novels. These novels are still ongoing and something I go back to when I have time, kind of my escape from the world and they allow me to enter an imaginary world. Who knows, maybe you will be reading one of these in the future.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Portsmouth, Hampshire which is a very working class city and in my opinion, one of the greatest cities in the country. I grew up on one of the largest council estates on the south coast and I have seen the financial struggles of people and what pressures this can put on families. This is really where my want to make changes to peoples lives came in and the only way I believe we can get people back on track and get the country working again is to put some money back in peoples pockets. I am not a financial adviser and I do not have huge sums of money which I can give to people. Energy is what I know and I know that the country is being shafted everyday by these corporations who hold an essential commodity over our heads. I want to help fix this area and hopefully grow from there.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind the book has kind of evolved over the past few years. The initial story behind the book was pure revenge. The first draft of the book was directed purely at the company I worked 10 years of my life for. This was an entirely different book and was very personal and attacked individuals within the business. I hated the person this book turned me into and I quickly realised that I could channel this anger and hate into a more positive tool to educate people on the workings of the energy industry and so this concept of a battle came to mind. People battling the corporations that continue to operate in favour of profits instead of whats good for the people.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am not sure I would consider myself an "indie" author, I do not actually consider myself an author, probably more of a word jotter. This book to me was really a release of information which I had held onto for a long time and that I felt would be better out with the people. Exposing the industry and the corruption is the most important element for me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I really did not know what to expect from Smashwords, I have used the site before and downloaded a couple of books myself. It is difficult to know how people react to free books and also how they would react to my "style" of writing. I am by no means the most articulate of people and my writing is very raw and honest so you never know if people will love it or hate it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I guess the greatest joy I found with writing was the escape and the ability to get totally lost in the experience. I found this with my fictional attempts but also with this book. Being able to unleash the information you have and know that people may read it is very empowering and I would certainly encourage other people to have a crack at writing even if its just about something random in your life.
What do your fans mean to you?
This is a tricky one to answer at the moment as I have currently only had 15 copies of the book downloaded and no reviews (sad face).
What are you working on next?
I am going to keep on at my fictional writing if only for my own sanity. I certainly hope to write a second book about the energy industry and hope to get some progress going with the new business model and continue to inform people of any changes as and when they happen. I am not sure if this will definitely be another book or may possibly be a blog.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have to admit, I am not a huge reader at all. I am more of a movie and TV show buff which I know is shameful as a writer but I am certainly trying to read more books.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Random question but hey, I guess what gets me out of bed in the morning is the want to do better. I honestly do look at everyday as being an opportunity to do better. If yesterday was a bad day, today is a fresh start. Also, I have a 2 year old cockapoo who does not allow me to stay in bed past 5.45am any day of the week.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time juggling a full time job with home. I am a firm believer in a good work/life balance. If I am not at work, I am usually walking my dog and taking him on as many adventures as possible. Maybe that could be my next book....The adventures of Enzo.
Published 2017-08-08.
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Books by This Author

Battle the Big Six
Price: Free! Words: 13,120. Language: English. Published: August 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Industries / energy
An inside look at the corruption within the energy industry and the big 6 corporate giants that continue to dominate.