Interview with Paul Day

Tell us your latest news
I have several new books coming out this year. The first one is a sequel to The Black Fairy and The Dragonfly, then there is Children of Mars and another sequel, this time to Star Child and if I still have time, my epic fantasy novel, The Four Edged Sword. I have also entered into the Reader’s Favorite Author competition to win a major prize and a chance to have my book made into a TV series of Film.
When and why did you begin writing?
Writing or telling stories has always been in my blood. It was the one thing I was good at in school. But I didn’t really take it seriously until a few years ago when I decided that if I was ever going to be successful, I had to finish one project, then start the next. Now I have sixteen books, with more on the way.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I believe that a writer is someone who practices the art of writing on a daily basis. In that respect, because I write just about every single day, that makes me a writer. However, I couldn’t really say with certainty when I became a “writer”. I think either it’s in your blood or it’s not.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first real book was The Misadventures of Red Bear. It was inspired by experiences I had growing up in a large family and feeling left out, like I did not belong. I based my character on my own personality. Red Bear himself is a sweet, sincere, dear little fellow, but he is unsure of his own abilities. His one true strength is that he never says no when others ask him for help.
Do you have a special writing style?
No. I try to write in the style dictated by the genre and readership. For example, I use a standard rhyming scheme for my children’s books, but for my junior novels I use a classic style of writing reminiscent of some of the older literature. However, my science fiction and fantasy novels for older readers has a different style again, with much more detailed narrative and more thoughtful meaning within the narrative. I try to treat each new book as its own unique thing and adapt my writing style to suit. If I have a style it is something that is natural, rather than forced. I write on instinct and let the story flow straight from me, usually without any pre-thought or planning, except for brief chapter notes at the beginning of each chapter. Even then I change them (notes) as I write.
How do you come up with your titles?
My titles are usually the second thing I do and I try to keep the title that I am inspired to use if I can. But then I usually do some research to make sure someone else doesn’t already have the same title. My titles are quite classic in the respect that I tend to use “The” at the beginning, as in The Black Fairy. But this is not always the case. A few of my books are more modern in title style. As with the story, I try to make my title match the genre and themes and style of my book. I then find a unique font which enhances the title. Each one of my books has its own unique look and the font is important to that.
Is there a message in your novels?
All of my books, almost without exception, have a message embedded in them. This is quite conscious on my part, though I do not set out to have a message. It seems to happen on its own. I think if you write from the heart, from deeply personal experiences, there is always going to be a message, by default in your work.
Are the experiences of your characters based on people you know?
Definitely. As a teacher and one of nine children myself, I have been exposed to the very best and worst behavior and I am always observing and watching and listening and conversations and personalities invariably turn up in my stories. But they are character types, rather than copies of real people. Otherwise they would seem too contrived.
Which author do you consider a mentor?
Probably Arthur C Clarke stands out for his realistic approach to writing and the incredible and tangible way he makes space seem real. Tolkien for the effortless way he interweaves the social conscience of the world into the narrative.
What are your current projects?
Children of Mars is a Sci-fi novel for Young Adults and older readers and centers around nine children aged between four and seventeen and how they cope and survive in a base on Mars after their parents go missing and are presumed dead. Also, the sequel to The Black Fairy and The Dragonfly, Escape From The Dark Queen, which I am delighted to say is almost finished.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely yes. At least, if at all possible. I do work. I am a Relief Teacher. It helps to pay the bills and I enjoy it, but I want to write. It is what I was born to do. I believe that with all sincerity. The more books I release, the more I know it in my heart.
Published 2014-11-14.
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Books by This Author

Banjo & Angel
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 1,320. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
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When his best friend in the whole world goes missing, Banjo begins a great adventure to find Angel.
Children of Mars
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,840. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: November 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
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Nine children are left to survive on a hostile and unforgiving planet after their parents go missing during a routine mission.
Escape From The Dark Queen
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,130. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Lilly has proven she has great courage and as the power of her magic grows, so does her fame in all the world. But she has one last great challenge still ahead of her.
Kipp The Kid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,830. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
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All Kipp wants to do is explore the old mines. But when girl next door Jane enters the picture, his life becomes more complex, more frustrating, but far more interesting.
The Little Green Hen
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 480. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
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A strange little green hen leaves the farm and sets off on a great adventure.
Red Bearonaut: The Misadventures of Red Bear
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 440. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology, Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
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Red Bear blasts off in a rocket on his way to explore the Moon. Please note: Words are embedded in images so the word count is much more than it says in the description.
Lucky and Scratch: Day at the Bay
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 450. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Imagination & Play
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Two cute dogs spend a day at the bay exploring the many boats and sights of the harbor. Please note: Words are embedded in images so the word count is much more than it says in the description.
The Misadventures of Red Bear: The Indian Chief and The Wild Cats
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 490. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
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First in the Misadventures of Red Bear series, this story finds our hero meeting an Indian tribe and wild cats on this original adventure.
Star Child: The Cosmic Birth
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 31,960. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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A young girl faces immense challenges as she grows up alone on a vast and aging star ship.
The Red Bearon
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 420. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Transportation / Aviation
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Share this exciting adventure with Red Bear as he flies around the world in his red plane. Learn about strange new places as you read the adventures of The Red Bearon. Please note: Words are embedded in images so the word count is much more than it says in the description.
Kipp The Copper Coast Kid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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Kipp is a boy who, along with Nip his dog, spends much of his time at the abandoned mines. But when the girl next door decides to join him, his life becomes far more complicated than he ever imagined.
The Black Fairy and the Dragonfly
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,630. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: March 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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An orphaned fairy struggles to find acceptance among her own kind. She forms a special bond with a dragonfly and together they travel the world in search of the lost fairies.