Interview with Charles Wylie

What motivated you to become an indie author?
My loved ones and friends have been gently badgering me for years to publish the poetry that I first wrote entirely for myself (and subsequently for family and friends) before branching out into matters of wider interest. Two of my sons urged me to write my Memoires, so those will be published in 2014.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
That question makes me grin. I have no published success yet. But I have flourished with running poetry evenings and I have a weekly one-hour radio programme of poetry, prose and music on angelradio.co.uk called Wag's Rag Bag.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I can say things in poetry that I sometimes find difficult to say otherwise: things that people are happy to accept in that form.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on the publication of my Memoires in 2014, covering above all a life of love, excitement, danger and contentment, with experience of being bombed in WWII and in the Korean War, world-wide travel with the Royal Navy, the mightiness of the sea, the joy of 'England, Home and Beauty' and much much more.
Who are your favorite authors?
Kipling, AA Milne and umpteen poets of different lands, Patrick O'Brian for his Jack Aubrey series and Graham Hurley (a brilliant modern British writer of crime fiction - arguably the best in the UK.)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My wife (who loves a cup of tea to get her going.) I then get cracking on poetry from 0630 for a couple of hours before breakfast.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Sailing, being with our four children, nine grandchildren and 15 Godchildren, playing chess, solving Sudoku problems, gardening, climbing ladders to keep our lovely house in good order, Scottish Country Dancing, and a host of other things.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was the first of about twenty short stories (none of which will set the world on fire) about meticulous preparations for a sailing race.
What is your writing process?
Persistent hard work, thoroughly enjoyed.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was a Sunday School prize when i was seven years old, called 'For England, Home and Beauty'. It is responsible for my joining the Royal Navy and leading a happy life. I've just re-read it.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm no artist, so I took the advice of Smashwords and employed one of their recommended design experts, Jeremy Taylor, to use one of my own photographs of a person silhouetted against a sunset, contemplating 'life, the universe and everything'.
What do you read for pleasure?
Sailing Today magazine, Time magazine, The Week magazine, the Book of Common Prayer (such poetic language), Patrick O'Brian's gripping tales of the sea in Nelson's era and Graham Hurley's novels of modern crime in Britain.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Don't know yet. Ask me when I've sold a thousand eBooks.
Describe your desk
Chaotic to anyone else, but I can lay my hand on anything within a minute.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In a London slum until I was evacuated on 3 Sep 1939 to a country town where my foster parents (God bless 'em) gave me a happy childhood.
When did you first start writing?
When I was six. (Pretty hopeless I was, too.)
Published 2013-12-15.
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Books by This Author

Fill The Cup - Memoirs Part two
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 23,470. Language: British English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(5.00 from 1 review)
From the opening fiery interview with a Commander-in-Chief the second half of this tale roams through events at sea, in NATO and UK Headquarters, and to transition into a civvy street of finance, gasp-making charity work and a family life never without drama of some kind or another. It has a happy ending.
Driving Ambition - Memoirs Part One
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,250. Language: British English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Personal memoir
(5.00 from 1 review)
From a childhood of poverty in a London slum to command of one of Her Majesty's Ships, the first part of this tale takes us through three wars and to most of the world's oceans, with a happy ending.
Poems of Heroes and Indignation
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite 3, 4 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 8 of 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,180. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This eBook, Poems of Heroes and Indignation, is the 8th of 9 books of Charles Wylie's poetry, complementing those of Love, Friends, Mystery, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun and The Sea. My profession has led me to meet many heroes and I'm gald to be alive thanks to them, and still speaking English. Indignation is something I don't normally express, but it does come out in verse sometimes.
Poems of The Sea
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite 3, 3 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 7 of 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,150. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(5.00 from 1 review)
As a seaman I have spent so much time afloat that the sea has almost become my natural environment, so this 9th of nine eBooks, complementing those of Love, Friends, Mystery, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, and Heroes and Indignation, should give you a feel for the thrill of being at sea whether in a warship or a sailing boat. Bon voyage!
Poems of Fun
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite 3, 2 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 6 of 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,890. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Humor and satire
Among the serious matters of life there is plenty of room for fun, so I hope you will get some out of this 7th of nine eBooks, complemented by those of Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. Perhaps this is the area in which you will find it easy to write verses yourself. If I can, you can: promise!
Poems of Faith and Family
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite 3, 1 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 5 of 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,780. Language: British English. Published: December 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This 6th eBook of nine, about Faith and Family, complements those of Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Parting and Grief, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. It is my hope that you will find inspiration here to write your own verses about your loved ones. If I can, so can you. Give it a whirl!
Poems of Parting and Grief
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite Two, 4 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 4 of 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,650. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
This title, Poems of Parting and Grief, is the 5th eBook in a collection which includes poems on Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. My earnest hope is that you will find peace, quiet and comfort in my thoughts about loss of cherished ones. A penalty of ageing is that one's family and friends reach their ends and it can be very hard to bear.
Poems of Nature
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite Two, 3 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 3 of 8. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,160. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Environment
The 4th of my nine eBooks of poetry is about the joys of the natural world, both ashore and afloat, to accompany those on Love, Friends, Mystery, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. Here you will find flora and fauna, and impressions of the joys of the beautiful English countryside, and seas of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Get carried away!
Poems of Mystery
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite Two, 2 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 2 of 8. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 14,110. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Prayer
In this 3rd eBook of nine we find mystery. To be frank, I've used the word 'Mystery' to cover a variety of topics which cannot be conveniently categorised under my other eBook poetry headings: Love, Friends, Nature, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea; so don't be surprised if you are a litle puzzled. In some of the poems you will that I, too, am baffled
Poems of Friends
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite Two, 1 of 4 · Sailor Poet - Suite 4, 1 of 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,160. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
This is Charles Wylie's second of nine eBooks of poetry about Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea. Some friends in the UK, the USA and the Commonwealth will find themselves featured. I do hope they will remain friends when they've read what I've written!
Poems of Love
Series: Sailor Poet - Suite One, 1 of 1. Price: Free! Words: 9,790. Language: British English. Published: December 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Friendship
(5.00 from 1 review)
Charles Wylie, a British sailor/poet, has finally succumbed to pressure from family and friends to publish eighteen years worth of verses about Love, Friends, Mystery, Nature, Parting and Grief, Faith and Family, Fun, Heroes and Indignation, and The Sea in nine eBooks - of which this is the first, about Love. There are author's comments before each one to enlarge the reader's experience. Welcome!