Interview with William Helps

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I just started writing three years ago and since then have never really stopped. I have wanted to write since I was little.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given me a platform to just write and release anything to anyone.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Well the one I have currently got is a collection of poetry that I have wrote over the last few years. But the current one is a love story of sorts, I think it will be somewhat relatable, I don't think stories behind books are always necessary, I mean yes there is a reason I wrote this one, but I prefer you look at the story than at me, the author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Letting myself go, and saying how I feel, and speaking my mind when I can never really do that.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The Lost Jungle when I was five.
Who are your favorite authors?
F Scott. Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Sylvia Plath, William Shakespeare, Stephen Chbosky, Hubert Selby Jr, Franz Kafka
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't, and that inspires me.
What is your writing process?
I spill out words on a page, and hope they make sense.
How do you approach cover design?
I look at previous work and see what works. I love the minimalist style, and make cover designs based around that. As long as it looks good, and helps relate the story it's fine by me, you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was Thomas the Tank Engine or Winnie the Pooh when I was very little and I just grew up on literature and loved telling stories.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower- has and will forever be my favourite book. It got me into literature, and told me so much about life. I think every teenager should read it.
The Great Gatsby- just a fantastic story about love and the death of dreams. Written beautifully.
The Bell Jar- made me understand the many hardships women have to face in a male dominated society, and made me become a feminist. Sylvia Plath was an astounding writer.
The Metamorphosis- wonderful satire, surreal and abstract. I wish to write surrealist satire, but when I am little more mature a writer perhaps
On The Road- the beat generation are the types of writers I aspire to be like. Without a care for structure and form, these writers wrote and thought outside of the box, something I think lacks in modern day literature
Published 2016-04-03.
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Books by This Author

Last Night's Thoughts
Price: Free! Words: 3,430. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs
Some nights can ruin people, some can bring about miracles, some define people or places. All of these are recounted in this short poetry collection about one young man's experiences whilst walking home late at night.
Maybe I'm Losing It
Price: Free! Words: 2,610. Language: English. Published: December 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
A short collection of poems about a young man's struggles with life.
All The Little Towns
Price: Free! Words: 13,070. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Coming of age
A story about a man named Frank, who has spent his life locked away inside a town of which he has resided his entire life, until one day everything changes, and Frank meets Amelia, a girl from the city whom he falls in love with. But his thoughts conflict with him, and he undergoes a journey that will define him. This book is helping raise money for the Young Minds charity.
From One So Young
Price: Free! Words: 2,970. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Biography
A short collection of poems from a young author. From One So Young is a journey of one's late teenage years, following a young boy's thoughts of life and all of the joys and demons it brings.
A Sign Of Sanity
Price: Free! Words: 11,400. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
A man sits alone in a bar, emptiness and regret fill his stomach. When a younger counterpart enters, two generations collide, and we begin to see a change in this man's path of which he sadly walks. A short story about what life holds, and if our losses and mistakes are really our troubles or our triumphs.