Interview with Chris Standring

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to write a memoir, ostensibly to document some history and entertain my family in years to come. Once I started the book I realized it was something my music fan base would be interested to read. I have owned a record company for many years, so the idea of a traditional book publishing route didn't thrill me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It is very much like the music making process, a dream like consciousness takes over. One enters that zen like state. Then you take a look at the clock and it's dinner time.
What do your fans mean to you?
They actually mean the world to me. Without them I would have no career. I can never be too grateful.
What are you working on next?
I am actually right in the middle of writing and recording a new music album. I would love to write another book but I am yet to figure out what that might be. After all, how many memoirs can one write? Two perhaps? I would have to wait a while to write another one of those. But I love the idea of writing a novel. We'll see if I have a good story in me. Time will tell.
What is your writing process?
I just do it. If it is a book, of course I will spend a good amount of time on chapter story, but often a heading is all I need. Once I write, I kind of just run with it. I'm never scared to let my fingers just go. There's always the re-write isn't there?
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember reading 'The Catcher In The Rye' by J.D. Salinger as a kid. I loved it, I don't know why. For years and years that book would always pop into my head as a favorite, but I couldn't remember what the book was even about. So recently I read it again and thought it was actually quite a strange story. I loved the way the author talked to the reader personally. That was an inspiring idea. But it made me wonder why the book was as successful as it was. I guess teenagers really relate to it.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire someone who really knows what they are doing!
What do you read for pleasure?
I love biographies. All sorts. I stopped reading fiction many years ago, I don't know why, I think I just lost interest in reading things that were all made up. Of course making up stories is a huge talent, but I became more interested in things that really happened.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a windows tablet but to be honest my Android Galaxy phone is my favorite to read on these days.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, or should I say my only book (so far) is my personal story, or part of it. I was one ambitious and driven dude, but I grew up on a farm in the middle of nowhere in England and desperately wanted to leave that life and go to the big city. It was a tough journey but my inner drive was bigger than me and I ended up moving to London in the 1980's and finally Los Angeles California in the 1990's and eventually realized my goals. I became a jazz recording artist. So far I have released eight solo albums and had three number one hits. A lot of crazy stuff happened along the way.
Published 2015-04-02.
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Books by This Author

Something In The Stars (A Story Of Innocence, Ambition And All That Jazz)
Price: $7.95 USD. Words: 94,770. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
Born and raised on a farm in the rural countryside of Buckinghamshire, England, a young boy spent his childhood driving tractors and feeding sheep, all the while dreaming of another life; a life of music. With an insatiable desire to succeed, he moved to London in the 1980s and Los Angeles California in the 1990s. Surmounting many obstacles along the way, This is his story.