Interview with G. Ough

What is your writing process?
After the idea comes to me (or my wife comes up with it) I make a list of things that I want to happen from start, to middle, to the end.
Once that's done I write a few ideas about each of the list items and add some details, characters and settings that drive the story forwards.
From there I create a few (basic) character profiles. Name, physical description, quirks, any kind of catchphrase they might have.
Then I write, write, write without stressing over what it looks like. I try and stick to the outline but some characters like to turn the tables on me and change it all up.
Once the whole thing's complete I leave it alone for a few days and do anything else.
Next I start editing. Cut out anything that makes no sense, clean up all the mistakes and typos refine and polish all the text before reading it through as if I'm a reader to see if it reads well. If it's a comedy is it funny? Romance, is it emotional?
Then I get my wife and other beta readers to read it. Adjust it to take into account their views and get it ready to publish.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was always a big fantasy fan so it was The Hobbit, closely followed by The Lord of the Rings. I was entranced by this Middle Earth place and the different things that lived there. It felt real and I remember wanting to be there, even with all the violent deaths that took place!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
In no particular order.
1 - The Last Praetorian by Mike Smith. This is the first in the Redemption series and is incredible. Smith manages to create characters that end up feeling like they're your friends. You actually care what happens to these people and it's a disappointment to actually finish the book!
2 - Waylander by David Gemmell. Consider just about anything by Gemmell my favourite actually. From Jon Shannow, The Jerusalem Man to Waylander the Slayer Gemmell had the incredible ability to create fantastic, strong, believable characters you want to know more about. Sometimes misguided, often misunderstood and capable of incredible feats of heroism or cruelty his characters are more human than some real people.
3 - Magician (Book One of the Riftwar Saga) By Raymond E. Feist. Charts the life and times of Pug, a young boy who grows up to be an incredibly powerful magician. The first in the series details how he starts to grow up and has to leave his childhood behind. In the same way as Mike Smith, Feist has the uncanny ability to make you care about his characters and want to find out what's going to happen to them.
4 - The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien - nuff said.
5 - Pawn of Prophecy by David Eddings. Another author with a host of characters to know and love. There's a real feeling of disappointment when you finish one of these books as if you're losing a friend.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything to do with fantasy, romantic comedy or chick lit. Some of the classic tales as well, Treasure Island for instance or Robinson Crusoe.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I've got one of the original grey Kindle things but the wife's nicked it so I read on the laptop.
Describe your desk
I don't have one! I write at the dining room table or sitting on the sofa with a pile of cushions to make a table on my lap.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up in Whitstable, Kent, England. On a council estate with my mum. It was dire and we didn't have a lot of money so reading was a great escape from the drudgery of life. I suppose the desire to get away from the boredom of life made me thirst for adventure and far off places and that made me want to write fantasy.
Being the fat kid at school gave me a sense of humour so that's where the romantic comedy comes in.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The main character, Katriona (Kat) Fitsimmons begins the book by finding her Grandfather has died. As the one who raised her after her parents are killed, he was her only living relative. Or so she thinks.
She discovers her Gramps had an affair in his late teens, before he met and married her grandmother, with a Russian girl called Marya. She also discovers he got Marya pregnant and left her to be deported back to Russia after the outbreak of WWII.
Xander Michaels helps Kat through using an odd talent he's got. He can see into the past of a person or object and uses the ability to find things people have lost. When Kat discovers her step-cousin is a Russian mobster who'll stop at nothing to get back the necklace he believes his grandmother left with her grandfather for safekeeping, she goes to see if Xander can help.
When did you first start writing?
I was probably in my mid-teens when ideas started coming to me. I came up with a dreary and dreadful fantasy adventure that I can't even remember the story to. I do remember it was bad though so it's better it disappeared into the ether.
I spent the better part of the next twenty-five years pretty much working on the same sort of thing but I also had a young family to support and was working a couple of jobs to make ends meet so I didn't have a lot of time. Summer months spent driving a tractor, cutting grass, gave me time to think up characters and create worlds but not much time to write them down so I expect quite a few good characters died there and then.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The honest answer is not being able to get published through any other means. I've spent much of my time ghostwriting for other indie publishers who are making money from my writing. Once I started to write for me rather than them, I researched self publishing and realised it was for me.
Published 2017-04-29.
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Books by This Author

Time To Turn Back - Book One of the Timesketch Chronicles
Series: The Timesketch Chronicles. Price: Free! Words: 55,950. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
Paranormal romance about a man who can rewind time and see into people's pasts. Kat Fitsimmons needs him to see into the past of her grandfather who's been accused of having an illegitimate child just before the outbreak of WWII. With Russian crime lord Dimitri Volustova and his immense bodyguard Ivan after her for the necklace he thinks she has, what chance has Kat got of saving herself?