Interview with Will Sillitoe

Describe your desk
laptop, sun through the window on a good day...lots of clutter around me, which I like.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Norwich, UK...not much at all...but did steer me towards more reading to escape the boredom of family life there.
When did you first start writing?
Adolescent poetry I suppose, if that can be called writing. After that more a case of finding what I couldn't write as much as what i could.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was started years ago in 1999! I wrote the first few chapters during my first year of teaching abroad...more is explained in the preface of the book. Essentially, I put it in a draw and forgot about it whilst getting involved in other writing projects and then came back to it. After adding the final chapters and editing it there it was.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Same as for most people - freedom to self-publish and let the world decide if your words have any merit rather than some guy behind a desk in a publishing house.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Too early to say
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I enjoy the editing process mostly, once the raw words are down on the page.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't aspire to have fans.
What are you working on next?
Few ideas....maybe rework some old manuscripts, but not sure yet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to mention, but recently revisited T.S. Eliot which was interesting...read mainly psychology books...big fan of John Bowlby's work...recently read a book on transactional analysis by Dr. T Miller too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Hunger
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sports, TV, cycling - just trying to relax mainly.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am new to ebooks...watch this space.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't write stories.
What is your writing process?
Things tend to build up or brew and then when the feeling is right I sit down and let things out....ooh, er vicar...after that there is the editing process which leads towards a growing sense of structure and from this new words emerge.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No.
How do you approach cover design?
Keep it simple.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
None spring to mind right now.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly psychology books...I am a bit crazy I suppose and they help.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't do commercials.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Too early to say.
Published 2014-03-26.
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Books by This Author

The Survival Guide To Teaching EFL
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 53,270. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Education
Packed with games, advice and hints, The Survival Guide To Teaching EFL is aimed at new and not so new teachers abroad. It offers strategies for coping in a new country and for keeping your lessons on track. It contains classroom activities that work even without a photocopier - so lessons need never grind to a halt! It also provides career suggestions - for both in and outside of EFL teaching.