Interview with Barry Martin

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
As of yet this is the first time I'm using smashwords so watch this space...
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have always been a bit wearied and strange so I love to get this down in words, I have always made people laugh from my school days to my first wife. When she stopped laughing I divorced her with an older version. Don't you think the things you buy today are so throw away, that's what I did with my first wife. I got an older one, one that was made of sterner stuff, she is great she inspires me and tells me the truth. Yes the truth hurts but I respect her for it as it makes me better.
What do your fans mean to you?
Wow what a question. My fans are few but I hope they will grow as my books grow and they mean the word to me, what is the point of writing if no body likes your stuff. Don't you love that word 'stuff' it could mean so many different things.
What are you working on next?
How many words do I have, children's stories and other longer books, I have so much more to give than just what I have put out there at the moment, this is like a small sample of what I can write.
Who are your favorite authors?
Now that's a hard one Agatha Christie is a great writer, I first read Ken Follett as he lived near me at the time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Money, ok that was vulgar and apart from that it's not true, just because I have so much more to say and I'm the only one that can say it as you can not read my mind, sometimes I have a problem reading my own mind.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I take my dog George for a walk around my village and I also like to run, I can think when I run as long as I remember to breathe at the same time.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
The thing I love about ebooks is that you can down load them any time of day or night and start reading within seconds plus the books are so cheap, so you can read all the time. On your phone / Cell or pad.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
YES, it was rubbish they are much better now as I write what I feel and not what someone has asked me to write. My stories now form in my head and then get put onto my computer then they go through a process.
What is your writing process?
I have a trigger then I throw it around in my head sometimes for minutes and sometimes hours and sometimes days but never months or year. When it has formed the bare bones go in to the computer and I then leave it 24 hours, after which I read it allowed and then use a pencil to edit it off paper and change / edit it then finally once I think it's ready read allowed again and repeat process until happy. IF not happy into my box for a look at later it goes.
Describe your desk
It's a wooden desk, I bought for £15 second hand with two draws and a blank wall opposite me but don't worry there is a nice window to my right. I keep the curtains closed on the window otherwise I will get detracted from what is going on outside. Normally nothing is going on as I live in a dead end road and apart from the other residents there is nobody around.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a place called Cheshunt its in Hertfordshire, just north of London England UK. When I went to school I had no interest in reading or writing, I used to sit in the library when I had a lesson in there and read the first page then pretend to read while watching others read. I never enjoyed reading books but I love telling stories. I did not learn to read until I was 10 years old and only then because my neighbours were teachers and they taught me. My parents had no interest in helping me develop at all I was learning to play the guitar and they told me to go down the bottom of the garden in the rain and practice as I made a horrible sound.
When did you first start writing?
In my 30's after I divorced the first wife, I wish I had done it instead of marrying the first wife!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I can't be asked to go through the proper channels to get a publisher at the moment, IF I start to sell lots of copies then I have something to take with me to see a publisher they will then say wow. Give him money for his story.
Published 2014-06-01.
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Books by This Author

Eight bites of life.
Price: $1.66 USD. Words: 9,290. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
A story writing rabbit called Robbie likes to ride around his bedroom with in a house of an author and riding on the back of the owners Jack Russell dog. Many more other stories with in this book eight in total, they are short reads. Longer book coming soon as they say in the movies.