Interview with H.M. Clarke

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was for my primary school library. It was a story about Lassie rescuing some sheep. It was completely made and illustrated by myself and I still have it in a box somewhere in Australia.
What is your writing process?
I do create an outline for my books – a rough outline anyway….well maybe more a guideline for where I want it to go. This is because (as is always the case), my characters like to run in all different directions, and really don’t like it when I try and lead them where I want them to go. In fact they rebel, or throw a hissy fit, and then storm off in the opposite direction to where I need them to be. Their way usually works out better, but I don’t tell them that…..

I always write my first drafts long hand. It’s easier for me that way to get my ideas on paper and to keep my sentence flow going. When I start the edit drafts, I type it up as I correct and change it. My thoughts seem to fly better with a pen rather than with keystrokes.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A combination of my PC, my iPad and my Android Asus Tablet
Describe your desk
You really want to know about my desk? At the moment my desk is messy, with piles of paper and books everywhere - but I know where everything is located on my desk :) My usual workplace though is sitting on the couch with my laptop, notebook and pen, a much more comfortable option.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Country South Australia - on the edges of Port Augusta to be precise - the Gateway to the Outback. I loved growing up there, loved running all over the red sand dunes, loved running around with my mates through the saltbush and scrub. Playing out bush was the best thing to do when I was a kid. Nowadays you can't do that, it's to big a risk. Some of my writing will echo back to this, especially if I'm writing in an arid or desert landscape, memories of childhood are good for bringing life to an environment.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to see my work in print and I know that some of my work falls into the small niche markets that publishing houses will not pick up (like Howling Vengeance in the 'Weird Western' genre).
What are you working on next?
At the moment I am finishing off a Sci-Fi novel called 'The Enclave' and then I am going to polish up the second Way to Freedom book - 'The Dream Thief'.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have MANY favourite authors, such as Anne McCaffrey, Stephen Donaldson, Raymond Feist, Robert Graves, Ellis Peters and Sara Douglass to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work - I need the money :) lol.

Each day is new and in the morning, you never know what is going to present itself. The coming day could be exciting, boring or even horrible, but you will never know it you don't get up out of bed! And remember, any experience no matter if it is good or bad, can be used to help further your writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Cooking, eating, reading, gardening, spending time with my family, driving, watching TV, playing Computer games, going to museums....you know, stuff like that.
Published 2014-04-23.
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