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Interview with Harry Nicholson
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I keep alert for themes of interest on social media.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
'Bran the Bronze Smith' -- a children's story of adventure in the Bronze Age. It stirred my curiosity about the world.
What is your writing process?
I wait for inspiration, rather than forcing creativity. Whilst I wait, I garden, or paint, make enamel art with a kiln, and listen to music the while.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do. It was a comical short story about the wanderings of an ancient Japanese war fleet lost in the Pacific.
How do you approach cover design?
I use my own art work and photographs. I favour simplicity.
What do you read for pleasure?
Historical fiction. Non-fiction that relates to consciousness.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use a monochrome Kindle. It is simple but effective.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Placing copies with local outlets; garden centres etc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Hartlepool, in North East England. It is a seaport - and so I went to sea on merchant ships. A career which broadens the mind.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'The Black Caravel' is set in 1536. The year of the Pilgrimage of Grace and the start of Henry Tudor's retributution. It is a sequel to my first novel, 'Tom Fleck'.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hearing of a reader's response.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are vital - it is like being in a warm family.
What are you working on next?
Memoir of my time at sea.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I make art enamels - fusing glass onto copper with a kiln. Or I cultivate flowers and vegetables when the weather is kind.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There is always something of interest in the world - why stay abed?
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