Interview with Richard Gradner

How do you deal with writer's block?
Change. Change the scenery. Have a (stiff) drink, then start writing. Write without thinking and then look over your work for inspirational, out-the-box ideas
What's the best thing about being a writer?
Finding something passionate and fulfilling to take up time that would otherwise be wasted on mundane stuff.
How do you get inspired to write?
Inspiration doesn't come easy. Most of the time you just have to put your head down, start writing and get into the story. Once you bury yourself in the detail, the inspiration flows. It's important to work within a framework instead of just writing blind. This gives you a set of goals or milestones to work towards within the story. Sometimes an exciting piece of the story becomes an inspirational drawcard so you write until you reach it and then the passion really flows.
What's your advice for aspiring writers?
Put the framework for your story together and stick to it. Lauren Beukes gave me the best advice when I started writing. She said "finish your story". In other words, don't mess about with marketing or anything else, rather stick to finishing the story first. You gotta keep your eye on the ball. If you busy yourself with other stuff in the middle of writing, then you lose focus and momentum which makes it that much harder to start writing again. Be consistent. Write at the same time and place.
What are you currently working on?
I'm writing my next novel entitled Unicorn. An adventure story about a boy living in the Indus River Valley some 5,000 years ago...
Where did you get the idea for your latest book, Return To Lemuria?
So much of the same stuff has been written about that what I really wanted was to create something different. Something unique. I read a book once, long ago, about the Lemurian civilisation so I decided to use it as a basis for my story. It just works. I believe that it speaks to people today. It’s filled with mystery, intrigue, prophecy, crime, spirituality, adventure and suspense. It’s best described as a speculative fictional adventure story. Dan Brown meets James Redfield.
Published 2015-11-02.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.