Interview with Ian Threadgill

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first one which had an impact was Watership Down. I never really analysed why. Maybe it was the first long book I read with a genuine non-human perspective and its own mythology.
How do you approach cover design?
With fear and loathing! It's very clear that I'm no artist. I hope people will ignore them and move directly to the words.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Perfect Brilliant Stillness by David Carse, any one of Barry Long's, and any three of P.G. Wodehouse's best.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything. Having time to read is pleasure. Ideally something I know and love but haven't read for 10 years.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Still prefer paper.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
None. I have a totally unrealistic preference for the idea of sheer virtue and word-of-mouth triumphing sooner or later.
Describe your desk
Somewhere in a company office where I'm waiting for students to turn up.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Surrey. Not at all, that I'm aware of, except that it's in English and I can't do regional accents.
When did you first start writing?
About 1993. Usually when in a bad mood.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When it's finished it will be a highly controversial teenage space opera of forbidden love. Without music. Anyone wishing to buy the film rights can get in touch now.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Am I? Goodness. The unlikeliness of being a normal one, I suppose...
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Not yet!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When stuff I completely hadn't planned comes out and I can wonder where it comes from.
What do your fans mean to you?
I like them both. Anyone who likes what I write must be at least a bit like me, which is reassuring.
What are you working on next?
I'm afraid that's staying a secret for now.
Who are your favorite authors?
P.G. Wodehouse, Alfred Bester, Theodore Sturgeon, Raymond Chandler, Barry Long, Douglas Adams.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that if I don't I'll be late for something.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What is your writing process?
Scribble in an A4 notebook and hope to decipher later.
Published 2013-12-04.
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