Interview with Sean Patrick Durham

When did you first start writing?
I was an oil painter and living in Spain, my paintings would always suggest stories so I began to write stories about the people I paint. That was about ten years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm working on two stories at the moment; a Gothic short story about an old book shop and its owner. She discovers an old photo that has a connection to her past and the people she knows. The second is a Detective novel set in Berlin where I introduce a new Detective character who will appear in many stories to come.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As an indie author I have a lot more control about when and where my books and stories get published. Authors don't have to rely on a publishing house any more to tell them if their work is good enough or not - it's the reader who decides. That's really good.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's opened up the opportunity to publish and test my work with readers. I can experiment with presentation and find out what works, and what doesn't work.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The discovery of the story. I write an outline and that gets my brain working and then when I start writing, something inside takes over and I write a different story that needed to come out. The outline was just a way of beginning to think and work.
What do your fans mean to you?
My readers are number one. They decide if I'm up to scratch or not. The feed back, good or bad, helps me to think deeply about what works and what confuses the reader. I want to entertain them.
What are you working on next?
I've got tons of ideas - I write a quick note or outline as soon as something hits me. This evening I jotted down an idea about a drug dealer who keeps his workers like slaves. I think it'll be a short story.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patrick McGrath, Amitav Gosh, Daphne de Maurier, Tom Rob Smith and many more. It's great that there are too many to mention.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My cats. I have three of them and they think they need feeding in the mornings. My wife wants coffee and I want to look out the window and see the world at play. Each day, I don't know what's going to happen, so that means it could be an adventure. It's worth getting up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read as much as possible; every day. I love going for long walks around my city and diverting into small side streets to see what I'll find.
Sitting and chatting with my wife and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I spend a lot of time browsing book sites and book shops. Also, when I read a good book about writing techniques it'll recommend a book or author and I'll look it up and download it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was 16 years old. I sat down and wrote a story about a party in a mansion. Everybody was guffawing and being posh. Then this guy starting coughing and spluttering, so his friends pushed him out into the courtyard. They forgot about him. Later they searched for him and found him dead in the courtyard amongst the E-Type Jags and Rolls Royces.
Published 2016-01-19.
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