It's basically a light hearted poetry book drawing inspiration from some of my favourite films. It's my second poetry book and offers an alternative approach to the first by taking a more fun approach. I enjoy reading all forms of poetry and verse but with my latest simply wanted something that can be dipped into without having to go too deep. It's throwaway poetry if you like, but it's fun to write. In reality the poetry books are a way of testing the water and exploring the process of self-publishing while I whittle away at something considerably more meaty in the background. Hopefully that will surface within the next few months.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simply a love of writing. Getting ideas, stories, articles and everything else out there for an instant audience. The fact that in today's age of the internet and social media it's possible to get feedback on work almost as soon as it's live is something I always enjoy. If it can spark debate or just brighten someone's day, then that's a real bonus.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
There is no success as such to speak of, but seeing a finished work available to read is reward in itself. I haven't really pushed the poetry, ideally people will grab it for free, enjoy it and move on. The real push will come when I finish my first book - Dark Times: The Travels of Thomas Humbolt - that's where I'll spend more time promoting and talking about my work. Whether there's any success as such remains to be seen, but right now to finish it will be a pretty big achievement.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When you get lost in the words and everything just flows beautifully. Whether it's writing a feature for a magazine, a poem, or a chapter in the book, the moment you reach that point is always a great feeling.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently writing a book, Dark Times - The Travels of Thomas Humbolt, with some interesting characters and an ever evolving storyline. It's my first book and I was close to twenty thousand words in when I decided to start fresh as the direction wasn't right. The re-write is currently close to five thousand, so it's early days, but the story is sitting a lot better with me this time.
Who are your favorite authors?
Irvine Welsh, I love the stark gritty realism he paints. Is it possible to talk about Irvine Welsh without using the word gritty? It's a million miles away from my own writing, but I'm a big fan.
Stephen King, I enjoy the simplicity of his writing. It keeps the flow for the reader and never seems to be trying to dazzle with words, rather he just has a story to tell.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my wife and children. Embracing every moment together, family time is truly the best time! Beyond that I'm an avid gamer, training to be a teacher, a surfer, and I write for a couple of websites on nerd culture and football respectively.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Almost always by chance. I might get hooked by the description or even just the cover. I'm usually seeking the quirkier side of fantasy writing.
What is your writing process?
I generally only have a vague outline of the story when I sit down to write. It tends to evolve as the words come, almost as though it's playing out as I'm writing and until each moment I've no idea where the story will go. It works well for me, but occasionally needs a reverse action to get out of a dead end.
When did you first start writing?
I started as a kid, probably around eight or nine at a guess. I wanted to be a journalist when I was a child. I then stopped writing for over twenty years, and only returned to it in my early thirties.
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