Interview with Tipton Froy

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Scotland, near Glasgow. My mother and I lived in a very large old house, on the top floor in a fairly spacious apartment. It was just the two of us, and she had to work, so consequently I had a lot of time on my own in that house. I didn't realise at first, but there were many secret passages; little doors or hidden panels that would start in one room and end up in another, somewhere else in the building. My mum freaked out one morning when I wasn't in my room - I had been exploring the passages and couldn't find my way back, so was in some other apartment. It sounds funny now, but I think it genuinely upset her. Of course, I was forbidden from going on any more expeditions of discovery...and promptly ignored those and eventually knew all the passages in the house, including those that led to the basement...
When did you first start writing?
I was given a diary one year - I was probably around 9 or 10 - and I remember writing about my adventures (real or fantasy - it didn't matter) some days. I wasn't very good at keeping a diary; I didn't really write about things that happened to me on a specific day but rather ideas I had about things around me, or little stories that came into my head.
What's the story behind your latest book?
DUAL revolves around the assassination of the President of the United States of America. Two central characters - Denton Gill and Catherine Jumeau, both of whom have exceptional, 'extra-human' abilities - become drawn into the subsequent investigation. They have to work together to find out what happened, and in so doing they stumble across a much wider conspiracy that could affect us all.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The voice. Literally, the voice that I felt needed to be expressed in the novel.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, not that much. It's a good service Smashwords, but the reality is that independent authors need the first few readers to take time to review the work, and create dialogue around it. I can promote the book as much as I like, but the way good work becomes well read is through readers' taking time out to reflect and tell others about how the story affects them, and why others should take the time to read it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The creative freedom to bring your imagination out of yourself. I view it as a process of passion; having the fire inside you to write in the first place, the desire to see a work through to the end, and the belief in your work to bring it to life in other people's worlds.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without them, the book exists solely as a hidden artefact.
What are you working on next?
The sequel. I need to find time to do this though, as I have so far been unable, for financial reasons, to carve out a hole in the space-time continuum to do so. However, in a parallel world, I am actually writing the sequel right now.
Who are your favorite authors?
Henrik Ibsen, Harper Lee, Roald Dahl, Phillip K. Dick, Iain M. Banks, among others...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Loving life. It's too short to stay under the covers for too long!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a musician and composer, and spend a lot of my time focused around that. In my novel, DUAL, I heard the soundtrack almost before I wrote passages of the book. That was a little unsettling at first, but I came to realise that my mind was already imagining the scenes aurally. For me this was absolutely wonderful, as audio-visual representations suggested themselves very naturally.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I do a lot of searching online. I like to read short novels when I have the time, or factual histories (however much history can ever be said to be factual).
Published 2014-01-20.
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Books by This Author

Dual
You set the price! Words: 131,520. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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They say that we are all connected as human beings; that we share a history because our DNA can be traced back to earlier forms of life. But what if two people were connected at a deeper level? DUAL introduces the concept of quantum entanglement through the adventures of Catherine Jumeau and Denton Gill; two ordinary human beings with an extraordinary story.