I have written two books recently. One; was more or less a test book (Giving Up), to make sure I had all the procedures down pat. It is a short account of a biographical nature outlining my fight to quit various addictive substances. I continue to keep it available despite its status as a test book, as many friends and family say it has a beneficial message. My debut novel "Dumped" came about from idle time on my hands as a direct result of quitting alcohol. If I manage to attract a few sales, I will eventually employ the services of a qualified editor to help me polish the book to a more professional standard.
When did you first start writing?
I was a closet poet through high school, then a scriptwriter through my teens and twenties while attempting to make a stage career. I did not start writing again until my later years, when I had a partner that encouraged and supported me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in many small towns, in mainly coastal regions of Queensland, Australia. My writing to this date does not reflect my upbringing other than my lack of formal education to a high standard.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
That is an easy one to answer. I became an Indie Author because I did not want the hassle of approaching the trade publishers. I enjoy the independence involved. The learning curve is minimal and the benefits substantial by way of satisfaction.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords allows an Indie Author to reach a wide audience with a simple, user-friendly platform.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Hoping that someone will be entertained by my books, or learn something is my greatest reward. I will always enjoy writing for its own sake, but am enormously satisfied when someone takes the time to read something of mine and enjoys it.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I ever have a fan base I will be able to answer that question. Without a doubt, though, readers are what keeps an author writing. If a reader takes the time to read your work then remark on that through a review, it means the world to an author.
What are you working on next?
I am hoping to republish my "Wood Whisperer" series beginning with Volume 1 in the next few months. I originally published and sold a few copies of this first book broken up into five parts a few years ago. Unfortunately, my publishing and computer skills lacked the appropriate finesse to enable Volume 1 to be sold as a complete version due to large bytes being taken up with photos. I will attempt to address that problem and polish the writing to represent the book shortly. I am then working on my first venture into the sci-fi genre, with an end of days scenario novel that I hope to finish mid-2017.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favourite authors at present. The author that started my veracious appetite for reading at age 18 was Sir Isaac Asimov. A gift of his "Foundation Trilogy" sparked a newfound interest in me for the written word. My favourite Australian author will always be the recently deceased Bryce Courtenay. Other writers I admire are Jeffery Archer, Wilbur Smith and Lee Child, Arthur C Clark, to name but a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life. I despair when I read daily accounts of youths getting into trouble because they are primarily bored with their lives. Life has so much to offer if we allow ourselves to engage in the limitless opportunities it provides. Life is far too short and precious to allow us to frivolously toss it aside.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My wife and I own and manage a small Caravan Park in central NSW, Australia. I continue to carve wood when the opportunity allows and my wife is very active in mosaics. I still read one- two books a week when I manage to find them, and I enjoy playing Scrabble immensely.
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