Interview with Clive. R. Tilley

When did you first start writing?
I guess I've been writing most of my life. I only started seriously in 2014.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well, I'm inspired by Raymond Chandler and Isaac Asimov. This story is about a 1930's detective who is taken to the future by female androids and sent back to 1935 to protect Isaac Asimov. There are several twists, a little love interest and a few light hearted moments. I call it Carlton Quinn and The Porcelain Doll. So you'll have to read it to find out why.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I like to make people smile. I never thought I would write a novel. I started out writing funny incidents from my life. I've discovered a talent for writing funny poems and people seem to like them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, On The Writers Cafe, Face book and here on Smashwords, there are those that read my stories and poetry so I guess you might call them, fans. Of course every writer is pleased when others want to read your work.
What are you working on next?
I've started a series of rhyming story books for children. I'd like one day to be able to write stories for children.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow, this is a difficult one. I can't say that I'm following a certain author. I like Chandler and Asimov of course but I also like Douglas Adams -Hitch hikers, Colonel Moore "We were soldiers once and young", which I would recommend to everyone. I've a collection of James Herriot Vet books and anthologies too.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to work. Life costs. IF I get a few spare hours I like to go fishing. the peace and quite helps me to concentrate my ideas and to relax.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a recovery lorry driver is sometimes very time consuming. we never know what time we'll be going out or coming back. I write when i have a chance. Just lately my son bought me a dictaphone which is great. I can talk as I'm driving on long trips.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. My first serious piece of writing is called " First Impressions" A short story about my first trip to France when I was thirteen years old.
What is your writing process?
Well, waiting for inspiration comes first. I'm not a diciplined writer nor a method writer. I get inspired, sit down and type.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Probably Robinson Crusoe. I was an avid reader at school but mostly about the natural world. Of course Science fiction books were a passion in my early teens.
How do you approach cover design?
Ummm. that's not an easy one to answer. I search through stacks of photos and pictures until something catches my eye.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favourite books alter as I get older and read new stuff. Just now I have to say that " We were Soldiers once, and Young" has to be top.
Spike Milligans books are there at the top too.
What do you read for pleasure?
Being on Writers Cafe I read a lot of other peoples work. I have little time to sit and read a book so i'm still working through the two I had for Christmas.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Sorry I don't have one.
Describe your desk
My desk is an old volume encyclopaedia of tropical fishes that sits on my knee to support my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in a tiny village in Lincolnshire England. We were four kids in a council house. Mum and dad worked every hour they could. By the time we were ten years old we were expected to work on the forms whenever we were not at school. I spent many summer holidays walking behind a tractor picking stones off the fields, or picking potatoes and onions.
I want to get this down on paper so that those times are not forgotten.
Published 2015-08-31.
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