Interview with OD Smith

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being able to write at my own pace, without having to compromise what I am writing
Who are your favorite authors?
Christopher Fowler, HP Lovecraft, Otsuichi, Nigel Kneale, Edgar Allen Poe, Goerge Foy, Douglas Adams, Dan J Marlowe, Max Brooks, Aaron Alexovich, Brian K Vaughan, Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka, Kieron Gillen, The Luna Brothers
When did you first start writing?
The first time I wrote whatever was in my head was back when I was at primary school, specifically those days where we were allowed to do creative writing in class. When I moved on to secondary school, where apparently creative writing wasn't to be encouraged, I simply ignored this policy to create an alternate version of Macbeth seen through the eyes of a noble who didn't make the final draft of the play in my English class, which for some strange reason my teachers weren't too fond of me doing. Also at this time, when I had spare time at home, I would use spare notebooks to write fan fiction, either set in the Aliens or Jurassic Park universe.

More recently, since graduating from university in 2004, I have been working as a scriptwriter, writing both short films and features in a variety of genres.
What is your writing process?
Switch on computer, sit down in front of it, play a couple of games of Solitaire to fire up the brain a little, put on a CD, then write for a while. When I hit choke point, play a few games of Solitaire to get the brain focused once again, then come back to the section causing me trouble and work through it. When I've written up to a certain point, I print off a copy to proofread and scribble in notes and a few things I'd like to change. Open up the document once again, add these changes (and maybe one or two things that come to mind when I'm doing so), then call it a day.

Repeat this process every day I'm writing, until the piece is finished.
Describe your desk
To my right there's a rather large pile of CDs, partly for listening to when I work...and partly because I need to buy a new CD shelf so I actually have somewhere to put them. To my left there's a couple of collections of short stories to flip through if looking for inspiration, a figure of a motorized patriot from Bioshock Infinite that serves as a mascot, and a few Iwako erasers and Lego Minifigures to serve as mascots and add a little colour to my surroundings as my desk is a hell of neutral tones that is quite dull to be around for an extended period of time. There's also a few more CDs scattered around, too.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Given the fact I grew up in Croydon, if I happen to write a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction where deserted cities littered with chicken bones and misery are patrolled by groups of aggressive men with poor diction and a complete lack of common courtesy, you'll know where I got my inspiration from.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
That most joyous of moments where I've finished writing...then finished looking over the text to edit and improve sections...then finishing the improvements...then finishing the final proof read...then being able to say that I've finished it and, more importantly, kick my inner perfectionist in the yarbles.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading books or comics (but not at the same time, that would be silly and potentially lead to headaches and losing track of what's going on in what I'm reading), watching movies, playing video games, and enduring the pain and misery that comes from supporting Tottenham Hotspur.
What do you read for pleasure?
Comics make up the backbone of my reading, and I have a mountain of them scattered around the house that I should probably think about sorting out before somebody is crushed to death under a pile of back issues - which is entirely plausible, given I've got every single issue of The Walking Dead plus a decade's worth of Fathom and Soulfire story arcs, so that's a lethal pile waiting to happen.

Since I got started on the comics, my all-time favourites include: Preacher, Y: The Last Man, Fatale, Murder Me Dead, Serenity Rose, Stumptown, Lenore, Dead@17, Hack/Slash, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac, The Walking Dead, Shrugged, The Infinite Vacation, Samurai: Heaven and Earth, Liberty Meadows, Blue Monday, The Sword, Executive Assistant: Iris, Sea of Red, Fathom, El Cazador, Suburban Glamour, Soulfire, Whispers, and Ikigami. On top of that, I'm currently reading The Fade-Out, The Wicked & The Divine, Saga, Velvet, Alex + Ada, Coffin Hill and Revival.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Breakfast. I'd be hungry if I didn't get out of bed!
What do your fans mean to you?
I'll let you know if and when I have a few...
Published 2015-06-18.
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