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What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
People often ask why I write, especially as it is 'unproductive' according to certain standards. But I would continue to write, and compose too for that matter, regardless of possible recognition, because creating something out of nothing is intrinsically gratifying.
What do your fans mean to you?
I am not sure that I would call readers 'fans'. I write in many varying forms, and I believe that some enjoy a certain type of story or novel while others prefer a totally different genre. But anybody who has taken the time to read my work I hold in esteem. If that person then becomes a 'fan', then I am thrilled!
What are you working on next?
Apart from the short stories which I am writing constantly, I am preparing a new novel based on three different timelines but with a common core - persecution. I also intend to continue translating my works into Spanish for my Spanish readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ah, so many. Nabokov, Faulkner, Lawrence, Vonnegut, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Lessing..... I will not continue for fear of forgetting some excellent authors. So much talent.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love life.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Composing. I have always had a group, and I enjoy writing songs with their respective lyrics. At the moment we are Critical Moment, and have a demo on Myspace. Check it out!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Via sites such as Smashwords and by general browsing.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do. At School. It was about a man lost in the desert. The teacher thought I had copied it!
What is your writing process?
No set process. Sometimes it gushes out, sometimes it seeps. At night or in the morning. At my laptop or on a serviette.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember the first piece of writing that really shook me, yes. Nausea by Sartre. I took a while to assimilate that probably because of my age at the time. Adolescents take things to heart.
How do you approach cover design?
Aagh. I need a lot of time and thought. It's not really my line, though I get there in the end. A World Apart and Other Stories was designed by Melanie Plummer, and she did a great job. So maybe there is room for collaboration here.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a question I would prefer not to answer as I would not be able to reduce a lifetime of reading into just five books. Or a lifetime of listening to music into just 5 songs.
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Ambrose Ork was born thick. By contrast Harvey Paulson, the new owner of the mansion, was ambitious, and as fast as they come.
So when the body was found it was clear who would take the blame.
Because there was nothing Ambrose could do to change things.
Or was there?
A collection of short stories by the author of Balls and The Trap-Door, most have which have been selected for publication in literary magazines. Quality literature ranging from humour to the unsettling.
The trap-door takes Kevin Galt from his everyday world of logic and reason into an underworld of fantasy and imagination. Until one day the trap-door ceases to be a metaphor and becomes all too real.
What lurks in the deepest recesses of our minds? What are we all capable of? Are there limits or rules of any kind?
Kevin Galt would be forced to find out.