Interview with Paul D Roberts

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town of Bangor in North Wales in the United Kingdom. Growing up there really influenced me to start writing because some of the scenery in Wales is breath-taking and I always craved an adventure or two. Being an creative individual I could never stop daydreaming. So I had to write all of my ideas down.
When did you first start writing?
I have always had many ideas for many many years now in which I didn't write down. I actually started writing about five or more years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about a young boy, whose life is plagued by the loss of his parents. He feels unloved and pretty much unwanted, he is a constant worrier and a very inquisitive boy. Then to make matters worse for him deadly and powerful secrets overcome him after he discovers a hidden bizarre world, the world of Aurorithia. He learns that he has an inner ancient powerful ability within himself, a connection to an even greater mystery - The Dark Sphere.
Many people have heard of The Dark Sphere in the story but no one know what it actually is, but there is a deep connection to the star of the story Toby Ripwood and he embarks on a journey to find out what this connection is, but doing so he uncovers more than he bargained for.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have always wanted to do something with my ideas, my mind is constantly plagued by random ideas, but since I can't direct movies I write my movie into words instead.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't yet, but only time will tell, so fingers crossed.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is when I read something I wrote and I think to myself, God did I write that? Not to sound big-headed of course, but it's mainly the achievement of writing something that you feel proud of.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I actually have real fans then they mean more than the world to me, I'm beyond thankful for their support. They are amazing.
What are you working on next?
The next instalment for the series. Toby Ripwood in The Search for Starlight.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't have any favourites, all authors write completely different and amazingly well and many are great inspirations to us all.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to design all my cover myself, I don't have the money at the moment to pay someone hundreds to do it for me, but when I struggle to create a cover I try to show the reader what the story is about, and trying to make it look as professional as possible.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
We all judge a book by it's cover, but a great description/synopsis on the story draws me to that particular ebook.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Mobile phone or on the laptop
Describe your desk
Laptop and desk surrounded by paper and a small white board. I try to keep it organised and tidy as I can but most times it turns into a mess haha!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love sleeping but my partner who I love more usually inspires me to get up with a nice cup of tea of course!
What are the characters like in your story?
I try to create character with soul, it's a difficult process but the characters in my story tend to be loyal brave and also funny if that process has worked.
Many authors love to have their story made into a movie, what's your thoughts on this?
I don't blame them, I too would love to have my story made into a film, it would be more than a dream come true, but at this moment the dream I have now is for Toby Ripwood to be a success.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At the moment I am currently doing two writing courses. I also draw a lot, but the usual as everyone else.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I can't remember but I remember the first drawing I drew when I was little it looked like a potato with skinny arms and legs and a smiling face.
What age range is your story suitable for?
From ages 13 and up but many adults have enjoyed my work.
What's different from Toby Ripwood compared to other stories?
I wont lie, it was hard to write Toby Ripwood, but I tried my best to make it as different and original as possible. I tried to put a little bit of everything into the story, maybe even a few twists and turns, you'll have to read it to find out.
What do you want to tell people who download your work?
I want to tell them that I hope they enjoyed reading my work and I beyond appreciate the downloads, so a massive THANK YOU! Please leave a review to.
Who inspired you to write?
Often my dreams and nightmares play a part in my inspiration and my brother who has always been a writer and a great one of that. Tv and movies also inspire me.
What is your dream?
My dream is just to be successful. So fingers crossed that people like my story.
What makes a great villain?
A villain that truly never dies.
Can you tell us something about your story pretty please?
No spoilers but, it's a story full of imagination about a young boy who who is 16 years old and is basically growing up with all these strange and wonderful things around him, Toby is a boy who usually lets things get the better of him. That's all I'm saying for now.
Can you tell us what this mysterious Dark Sphere is?
Well? No you'll have to read it yourself to find out!
How long does it take you to write a book?
It's a long old process which took me over 3 years to finish this one, but I have learnt so much more when writing it. So hopefully the next one won't take as long.
What five words best describe you?
Creative, generous, imaginative, dreamer and ambitious.
If you were to create a writing soundtrack, what artists would be on it?
Two Steps from Hell. Amazing and insanely epic.
Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
I suppose that growing up you do experience things, which subconsciously enter your work without you even realising it until you read it back to yourself, but mainly imagination unless you have had a long and magical life full of dragons.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Stick to whatever your writing no matter how hard it really is. It will be worth while. Have a little faith in yourself to. Oh and also keep learning, even writers who have been writing for 20 years still learn new things.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Apparently it doesn't even exist (it's an excuse) but I didn't say that... Anyway when I get it (because I actually do) I go away and come back after good sugary food to give me a boost.
What kinds of challenges did you face when you were writing the series?
I have very mild dyslexia so that was a real challenge but I had a lot of support from my partner, hence the reason I'm learning new things.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Too wit too woo!
What is one thing that you can’t live without?
I am not saying facebook...
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
The power to change my power! Ha!
Published 2014-01-26.
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Chromozone - Behind Closed Doors
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Chromozone Flesh and Blood
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The first book of The Sinister Series features Sara, a mother to an adorable deaf seven year old. Straight away their world is thrown into turmoil when a contagious infection spreads across the UK, turning the living into a new breed of zombie. Sara has no choice but to build up the courage to protect her only child as she learns the hard way that the rules have changed. It’s kill or be killed.
Toby Ripwood in The Dark Sphere Enigma
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