I look for things that happen in my daily life or the daily lives of those around me. Normal every day life may seem boring but if you look closer at the little nuances you can see that everything can be turned into a good enough story. The little quirks and, what may seem like unrealistic quirks in my writing are very much based on real events. If something strange happens to me, or a friend I make a mental note and try and adapt it to my writing. These strange happenings build up and eventually I have a story.
Describe your desk
Very minimal. I have a 13 inch laptop with nothing on it except the bare essentials. I don't keep what I know I won't use. I hate distractions and if I know there's something on my desk that will be a distraction I can't write. The best way for me to remember to do something is to write it down, both on a sticky note to be placed on my desk and on the desktop of my laptop. That way I know I'll take care of it just to get rid of the sticky note and the note off my laptop.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Liverpool England. I first started writing when I was about sixteen and it was a result of a fight my school was having with a rival school. It started by one of their older bigger kids giving one of our younger kids a black eye. There were riots, broken windows etc. I wasn't the fighting type though at all. But I took a great interest in the politics behind what was happening. I always listened with great intent when I heard my friends planning to go to the other school and break windows. My first ever story was a very violent novel about the clashes. But in my version there were guns, stabbings and more than just black eyes. I knew I'd done well when the book was eventually banned from the school for 'inciting hatred'. It was read by everyone and at sixteen being told that something I'd worked on was proving popular made me want to continue writing.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Olim is the story of the average immigrant trying to make ends meet in Israel. Israel is a harsh place if you don't know the right people, let alone speak the language and my protagonist doesn't know either. He gets screwed by his landlord as well as a range of other characters along the way with, seemingly only one person really having his back. What the protagonist goes through isn't my personal story of moving to Israel, but rather many stories of many immigrants (including myself). There are elements in the story that make you think 'well that's just not a real thing' my point is to make you understand that most unrealistic sounding things happen to immigrants every day in Israel. I wanted to highlight the good alongside the bad but mainly the strange. The strange always makes for the best story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Lack of funding to get a real publisher....next?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making myself laugh. I don't write for the entertainment of others. I write for myself because these nuances are sometimes so ridiculous that not documenting them would be a crime. Things that are worth talking about are worth being made into a story. It just takes the right author to tell that story.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I'm not sure where Olim will go. There were so many ideas for it when I started writing. I think I might make it into an intertwined mini series with different main characters. Currently I want to finish writing the first instalment then see what happens. Sequels have never been my speciality.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Not so much a what but a who. My beautiful wife is my inspiration for everything. Without her I wouldn't be a teacher, I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am today. She's even the one who told me I should get back into writing after taking such a long break. She's my everything.
When did you first start writing?
At sixteen. When I was young I found it hard to find the things I was good at. I'm not athletic, I'm not musical and I'm terrible with maths. I fell into writing and found people complimented me on it when I did it so I continued.
What is success for you?
For me success is being with the ones I love and being able to do what I enjoy without fear of anything getting in the way. Mainly the former. My family is everything to me and without them I wouldn't be able to do what I do.
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