Interview with Neil Stott

Who are your favorite authors?
As a kid I devoured Sci-Fi. So it was Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke and others of that era.
I became a devotee of Tom Clancy, so now have everyone of his books.
Still later, came David Weber and the Honor Harrington Universe.
Along the way I rediscovered John Marsden and the Tomorrow Series which I bought and read all in one summer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I still have the original manuscript for a Sci Fi / Fantasy epic which is so old, it is typed and has holes in the paper for 0, p, q etc. One of my missions is to scan the 800 pages or so into my laptop, tidy it up and get it to a publisher. Great story ... just never saw a publisher!
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was 8 years old and always dreams of writing the great novel. Here I am 49 years later and still dreaming of writing the great novel!
What is your writing process?
This has changed through the years. I have a pile of exercise books full of completed or near completed stories all written out in long hand. The handicap for this system is the only person who can truly read my writing is me ... so there they sit, waiting for me to transcribe them. I tried typing, cleaner ... but the typing process tended to change my prose. I then went to the PC and with a great Novel writing program YWriter, was able to push out some good work. This program was scene based so very useful in reorganising work. Lately, I have been experimenting with an IPAD writing APPS and have settled on Storyist as my preferred writing APP. Now I have committed to the full electronic writing method, it makes it easier to edit and eventually submit to publishers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Haaa ... if only I could spend more time writing. As well as working full time as a senior executive in health, I am a volunteer in my local church supporting men and helping them grow in their Christian walk. I have also been studying in a Post Grad Business Management course ... so finding time to write is a very difficult thing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The entire Jack Ryan - Tom Clancy series and out of them, the Hunt for the Red October and Sum of All Fears.
What do you read for pleasure?
I have to say I am a sucker for Zombie genre but most recently fallen in love with the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have an IPAD and mostly use the IBooks store, but if I know I title I want is available, I often go to Amazon and if there is an ebook version, I will download to either IBooks or the Kindle App.
How do you approach cover design?
This is definitely not my skill area. I know what I like, so generally look for high quality designs on the web that is a close match to the theme of my book. Then I can do a mock up and then give it to one of the graphic artists I know and ask them to polish up the work.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
IPAD for sure. Never had a kindle and I guess the idea of having yet another tablet device ... well, my wife would throw it out the window for sure!
Published 2013-12-22.
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Books by This Author

Naaman Leper Warrior
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 74,950. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Adventure, Fiction » Christian » Historical
Set in the midst of war, political tension, betrayal and assassinations of ancient middle east royal courts, we follow the story of one honourable man, Naaman. Born as a prince in Aram, he had his future and inheritance swept away when he was struck down with leprosy and banished to the leper camps. How then does he rise to command the army of Aram & become a champion of faith? This is his story.