Interview with John Pratt

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was along the lines of Enid Blyton and her tales of the Faraway Tree.
What is your writing process?
Write, read revise and rewrite; repeated many times for my poetry.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Among the first was Ballantyne's, .Coral Island. - an inspiration to swim underwater in a clear lagoon.
How do you approach cover design?
Preferably with a photograph. In 'A Boy's War', of myself at about 7 years of age.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird, The Life of Pi,, Roald Dahl's autobiography: Going Solo; all for their originality and power
of feeling
What do you read for pleasure?
No particular category: Novels; poetry; biographies; books about my own work: psychotherapy.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle at the moment.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Mainly word of mouth and our own (Moorside Writers Group) shows.
Describe your desk
Littered!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Bexhill-on-Sea, Sussex, U.H. It always influences my writing, especially in recent months with first A Boy's War
and now a book about my grammer school years.
When did you first start writing?
At 6 or 7 years of age
What's the story behind your latest book?
My years at Bexhill grammar School for Boys: 1944 - 1951
What do your fans mean to you?
I want to hear from my readers about my book.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Guilt from still being there!
Published 2013-11-11.
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Books by This Author

A Boy's War
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,050. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Biography
A collection of prose and poetry about the Primary schooldays of John Pratt in Bexhill-on-Sea, England, during World War 2, 1939-1944.