Interview with Adrian Sturgess

What are you working on next?
Tread Softly In My Head, my first novel, has dominated my life for some time now. It has taken many months of editing and is due for publication early in 2017. It will be good to then be able to get working on something new.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up on a strong diet of Isaac Asimov science fiction, not to mention other greats of the Sci Fi genre, such as Arthur C Clark and Frederick Pohl etc.
I also very highly rate Ray Bradbury, for his beautifully poetic writing style.
Stephen Donaldson, for 'The Gap' series as well as his epic Thomas Covenant series (although I wish he had stopped after the first six volumes).
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
In truth, sometimes getting out of bed is quite a challenge. I generally aim to get up at 6 am and get on with a couple of hours of writing or editing, before the main part of the day begins.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Holding down a day job!, Reading, watching a few select TV programs, attempting to keep fit, by jogging, spending a bit of time with my wife and children.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am a convert to ebooks, as I find the ability to view text at a comfortable size, makes the experience more relaxing, I generally search by author, looking to find books that I never got round to reading in printed form. The most recent ebook I read (only just finished) is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. This was a book that had previously passed me by, but was on my daughters suggested reading list both for A level English and A level Psychology, this prompted me to think that it must be worth a go.
Smashwords is certainly a good starting point for searching out ebooks by up and coming authors, often at very good prices, or, in many instances, completely free.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
That is a difficult one and the answer is, not really. I dabbled around a bit at the age of eleven, or so, and produced material, no doubt best forgotten. I started writing poetry in my late teens and one of my first, if not first, poems was 'Metamorphine', this is included in my collection - Poetry of Passion & Other Verse. One of my first stories, written as an adult was 'The Jester', this is a very short story (I think of it more as a prose poem). It is included in my collection - The Jester & Other Stories.
What is your writing process?
I hate outside distraction when I am trying to be creative, I therefore often listen to music, or ambient sound, through noise cancelling headphones (selected classical tracks, waves or rainfall etc.). I am not a meticulous planner and this does come home to haunt me from time to time. As a result, I have promised myself that my next project will be subject to a greater degree of forward planning and structuring. I will never be a meticulous planner, as that is not in my character, but, I will certainly try harder next time. I use Scrivener for all my writing projects and since the introduction of Scrivener for iPad, it has become even more indispensable to me.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The earliest books that I can definitely remember reading were the Thomas the Tank Engine books. I can still vividly remember lying on the floor aged maybe 5 or 6, reading them. I also have a memory of reading the Cat in The Hat by Dr Suess, I particularly remember the sense of unease, I had at the antics of the cat, who it seemed, was quite out of control; it definitely played on my young mind. Even as an adult, I still like the Cat in The Hat books and I used to enjoy reading them to my children when they were younger. I suppose a further component of my literary diet, as a young person, was the dark and foreboding universe contained in the fairy tales of the Brothers Grim.
How do you approach cover design?
I made a few attempts at designing my own covers using photoshop, but I spent so many hours, for such poor results, that I have forbidden myself from ever doing so again. For my first novel I went to a bespoke designer and had a cover designed to my basic brief. For lesser ebooks and poetry, I have found predesigned (exclusive) covers to be very affordable and of very good quality. There are literally thousands out there and the main investment is in the time it takes to trawl through them all.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Pretty tough question, let me see...
Isaac Asimov - Foundation Series (was originally a trilogy, but later ballooned to many more volumes). Just masterful Sci Fi.
Steven Donaldson - Thomas Covenant Series (first six books of series) Such a rich and epic fantasy.
Ray Bradbury - The Silver Locusts (later renamed The Martian Chronicles). Beautiful writing.
Conan Doyle - The Complete Sherlock Holmes Stories. Guilty pleasure.
Oops, no literary classic on the list....hmmm...
Emily Bronte - Wuthering Heights. Just a lovely brooding atmosphere

And a cheeky 6th: Jerome K Jerome - Three Men In A Boat. Just delightful.
What do you read for pleasure?
My absolutely preferred genre is excellent Science Fiction, although I will read many other things besides.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kobo Aura H2O. I prefer the slightly larger screen size to the Kindle.
Published 2016-12-20.
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Books by This Author

Tread Softly In My Head
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 109,170. Language: British English. Published: April 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A woman has gone missing and the police have a suspect. They call on the services of Dr Catherine Paradine, a young psychologist, to question him. She has the singular virtue of being a telepath with a native ability to read and project emotion. It seems, therefore, that obtaining the information the police require should be fairly simple. Presumably?
The Jester and Other Stories
Price: Free! Words: 12,470. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Twelve enchanting stories… This is a varied collection of short stories and miniatures. Including elements of Science Fiction, Fantasy and even short autobiographical tales of travels in China. I hope you will find it to be an enjoyable read.
Metamorphine and Other Poems
Price: Free! Words: 3,780. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
This is a selection of 22 poems written over a span of some years. They are widely diverse in subject matter as well as in style. I have provided a very brief explanatory note to many of the poems, where I feel that this will be helpful to the reader.
Poems of Passion
Price: Free! Words: 1,490. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
This is a collection of 11 poems, written over a span of some years. The subject matter of these poems generally lies in the realm of love found, love lost or some other aspect of love.
Home Sweet Home
Price: Free! Words: 9,460. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A young family falls in love with a beautiful house at the edge of a picturesque village.The house is being sold by an adorable elderly couple and the family could not be happier. But, even before the moving in day arrives, the children discover that the house has a much darker side than they could ever have imagined.