Interview with James Shipway

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tough question and I expect I'll remember others or change my mind later but, right now, these are my top five books:

Peter Pan by J.M Barrie, my all time favourite story.

Neverending Story by Michael Ende, loved the movies as a child, loved the book even more.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North, largely because of its brilliant story and influence on me to take writing more seriously.

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell, great novel, everyone should read it.

Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, another one everybody should read. It has one of my favourite chapters of all time in there, a superbly creepy passage.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an older model kindle because I'm pretty useless with touchscreens, I need buttons. Although it's less convenient than a kindle, I also use my laptop itself quite a lot of e-books too.
Describe your desk
It's less of a desk and more of a sofa covered in paper and food wrappers.
When did you first start writing?
I never had that dream as a child to be a doctor, or scientist or anything so it was quite a recent revelation that I wanted to write. I did at secondary school a bit, and I've always had ideas for stories but it wasn't until about three/four years ago I started writing seriously.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Firstly because I just thoroughly enjoy writing, I really do love it and secondly because I didn't have much luck with agents/publishers. Once I started to research self publishing I realised that was the future, so I stopped worrying about submissions and rejections and query letters and focused on that instead. I've not been doing it long and I've only just moved onto Smashwords, but self-publishing was the best decision for me, I'm in complete control of it all.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The freedom of it. With fiction you have a complete licence to make up whatever you want and call it work. Second to that is how therapeutic writing can be.
What are you working on next?
Another novel, the first draft of which is complete, which is always the worse bit for me so I'm glad that's over!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Social media, there are a thousand and one groups you can join for people advertising books, they're a great place to find new books. Also, I tend to scroll through the Goodreads site quite a lot.
What is your writing process?
This sounds obvious, but I just write. With first drafts particularly I've just got to get something on the page, it doesn't matter what it is, good or bad, beginning or end, just get it down to start with. I also keep notebooks everywhere to write down anything I think of, I've got to get things out of my head to make room for something else to come along!
How do you approach cover design?
I used it's a great website that has hundreds of designers on it with premade covers and custom designs available. I personally thought the quality and prices of the images to be the best online.
Published 2016-09-28.
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