Interview with Jonathan Dunne

What are you working on next?
The Nobody Show will be out late Summer/Autumn. It centres around various nobodies who want to be somebodies but may have to settle for being just anybodies. That much is easy to understand surely.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be asked default questions by a software programme that doesn't know whether I can write or not certainly motivates me. This ties in with indie writers self-promoting their wares to the detriment or the better of the public ... I like talking to myself and this is a wonderful asset when promoting your own work. On the other hand, I can say what I want and decide how I should say it: maybe the world loves it or maybe it hates it but that's indie for you.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
The possibility to be seen on other book-selling platforms, stress possibility.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The fact that I have an excuse to sit down. I used to write standing up but discovered I could actually sit down and what a joy! I use a laptop so is that technically writing or typing? Plus the fact that I don't have to pay a shrink to say what I say in my books. My books are about what-might-be.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Fans are my friends...even the 3*fans O_O That an anonymous person takes a chance on my book is a great leap of faith. I'm thankful for that but readers are no fools and they trust their gut and, up till now, their guts have been right. Touch gut!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Domestic-chore threats from my wife.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking cemeteries ... Spending time with my family ... Antique clocks ... Observing ... Listening ... Thinking ... Planning ... Drinking tea ... Reading tv/film scripts ... Audiobooks. To be honest, there's writing and then the rest. After writing, everything else seems mundane.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I rely heavily on technical equipment: GPS, telescope, crampons, pulleys, ropes etc.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I joined the items on my mom's shopping list to create a narrative plot. The carrots were soon blaming the beet-root for the murder.
What is your writing process?
I tend to sit down these days. I always have the screen or paper in front of me, that's a must. I then ring a hotel reception bell to check into my quasi-reality.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Whitley Strieber's alien encounter 'Communion' and I was convinced that I had been abducted for months afterwards.
How do you approach cover design?
I always approach cautiously ... and never from behind. The cover must have the essence of the book because people do judge a book by its cover.
Describe your desk
Depends which one. I've got one in my writing cabin and I've got another in the attic when the weather is colder. Both are made of Wood and are great to lean on in difficult times.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in middle-of-nowhere in Limerick, Ireland. Yes, I think place seeps in but people make a place and I'm more interested in people and their stories. My stories could technically happen anywhere but I always use a versión of my home-town as a reference point. Now, if I'd grown up in a tree-house, I'd probably use that as a reference-point so place for me isn't very important.
When did you first start writing?
I used my (mom's?) umbilical chord as a crude writing impliment on the walls of my mother's womb.
What do you read for pleasure?
Karma Sutra.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Don't use one.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Goodreads.com the bomb!
Who are your favorite authors?
The truth is that I dont read a lot. I love film and read a lot of scripts. I don't read a lot because I'm writing whenever I've free time. I feel guilty when I'm reading other people's words.

Dickens...Vince Gilligan...David Sedaris...David Lynch...Jon Irving (maybe)...Jim Dodge...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I can't answer that question because I like books for different reasons.
Why comedy?
It's what comes natural. I once penned an intense thriller only to be asked by an agent in London if it was a parody? Intense.
Published 2014-05-07.
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