Interview with Richard Houghton

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad. I'm still getting used to the idea of not holding a physical book in my hand. But my girlfriend is a big Kindle fan and has several thousand books on hers
Describe your desk
It's very cluttered. I am the same in my day job. Periodically I have to have a tidy up just to create enough space to physically work. But a tidy desk implies a tidy mind. That isn't necessarily a sign of a creative one....
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Northamptonshire in England. Did it influence my writing? Hard to say. I wrote a story called Peter the Pixie (which I wrote on a pad of Basildon Bond writing paper and which I still have somewhere) and my older cousin did some illustrations for it. I think that encouraged me to think that people might be interested in reading what I wrote. But as you get older and more self conscious you are less likely I think to want to unveil your writings to the wider world. Hopefully blogging and self publishing has ensured that more people won't be afraid to write.
When did you first start writing?
I was 6 or 7.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I have just published is a travelogue chronicling our trip to India. I've got three books in the works and at different stages of completiin, two of which I will probably publish as ebooks.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Too many rude and frankly dishonest rejection letters and emails from publishers.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
What success?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is very therapeutic. I generally write humour and enjoy making people laugh, including myself.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dickens. Hardy. Leslie Thomas.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The day job.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Watching football. Talking about football. Planning my next book.
Published 2015-04-12.
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Books by This Author

Crash Helmets & Flip Flops - a trip to India
Price: Free! Words: 18,100. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
A journey around India by two British holiday makers