Interview with Roger Payne

What's the story behind your latest book?
I taught team building and leadership for many years when i was working and when I saw what was written about much of it I thought 'why does someone need to know there are 10 types of leadership? When I taught it there was 1 type that you adapted to every situation, and in reality there still is one 1 type. So I decided to write a leadership book that was different, one that used quotes instead of long drawn out statements. I ended up with a book that has 46 headings and over 3680 quotes with a bit of Terry Pratchett humour at the back. Well one simply couldn't call it a book of quotes could you? It had to be a Gargantuan book of quotes didn't it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The truth is after service in the British and Australian Army I ended up getting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and I also have Bipolar Disorder. After a great deal of counselling my psychiatrist suggested I take up a hobby that will make my mind focus on something other than my problems. Writing, if you want to do it properly, takes a great deal of time and patience to create a good verbal picture in someones mind. You constantly play with words and meanings and get a great deal of satisfaction when someone else enjiys what you have written.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating a picture in words that describes exactly what it is your writing about.
What do your fans mean to you?
I suppose the greatest satisfaction any writer can have is knowing that people enjoy what he, or she, had written.
What are you working on next?
I have three books already in draft form. 'Part two of The British People At War.' '1940 - Britain - Germany's Next Vassal State' Short stories from Dunkirk, The Battle Of Britain and the Blitz
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do fitness training and bike riding every day and I grow succulents
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I wrote about the Special Forces Course I had to do in the British Army. 14 weeks of absolute hell. Out of 150 men who started it about 40 of us finished it. From there we went to Parachute School and learned to jump out of aircraft.. I then went on to become a special forces soldier.
What is your writing process?
I write for an 2 hours a day. Once I have finished the first draft of a manuscript I go over it two or three times before I submit it for publication.
What do you read for pleasure?
Terry Pratchett, an absolutely wonderful writer, now deceased, who created a world full of creatures and humans who live together and interact like real people in realistic situations only described in such a way as to be wildly humorous.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I don't have one. I prefer to read the real thing
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Facebook, twitter and word or mouth
Describe your desk
Eclectically cluttered
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up until I was 15 years of age in Wales just after the 2nd World War. There was still food rationing and you took work wherever you could get it. I always remembered seeing men who had lost their sense of humour. Now i realise it was fighting in the war that took it away from them, they'd seen so much death and destruction. I still write true life war stories reflecting that period.
When did you first start writing?
About 15 years ago.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far it hasn't as I only found out about it a year ago.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Colleen McCullough, Peter Fitzsimons, Tom Clancy
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sun shining on my face and at 72 realising every day the sune shines is one day nearer my death
Published 2017-10-19.
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Books by This Author

The 'Gargantuan' Book on Team Building and Leadership Using Quotable Quotes
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 113,960. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational
The 'Gargantuan' book of quotable quotes on team building and leadership is the 'Ultimate' book on leadership skills, only it uses quotable quotes, over 3680 of them in 80 quote bites to teach you what you'd probably missed in other run of the mill leadership books. It is interesting, covers every aspect of team leadership, is simple to follow, and easy to read.