Interview with A.B. Wallis

Who are your favorite authors?
Ted Hughes, Bill Bryson, Mark Haddon, Stephen King, J R R Tolkien, Alice Sebold, Annie Proulx.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes - a sci-fi novel. Hatched out in scribbles during school art class and never fully finished.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life in general, creative inspiration in the main, and my wife - if all else fails!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting, drawing, taking photographs, cycling, walking and enjoying life and nature.
What is your writing process?
Thought and inspiration, followed by energy spikes of frenetic writing with only a vague knowledge of where I am heading. The thrill of that first spontaneous journey more than makes up for the further re-writes and later revisions.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories I ever read, that had a lasting effect, were Roald Dahl' novels. Full of interesting characters and fabulously funny situations. I love comedy and those novels always made me laugh.
How do you approach cover design?
I always try to create a strong visual thread in my writing which makes it very easy for me to visualize a cover design for my book. I have each scene clearly defined inside my head as I am writing. I hope my writing might someday be considered for TV visual media publication.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading and listening to short stories & poetry. I also find plenty of inspiration for my own writing from social media sites.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am new to this area, so I am still learning...
Describe your desk
Perched by the window with a beautiful view of open countryside. Room and desk littered with visual references of all kinds. I work at a large Apple Mac computer screen, but have cameras, paint brushes, pencils, art books, reference manuals, studio lights, props and backdrops scattered all about me. There are even two bikes sharing my office at the moment; probably there to lure me outdoors now and then and take a break from the big screen.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Hessle, Kingston Upon Hull. We lived not far from the River Humber. The Humber Bridge was built practically on our doorstep. The landscape here is so flat, the tidal river was always a keen point of focus for childhood discovery and adventure, and the wide arching sky above was ever omnipresent. I learned to love nature and the wild spaces where we roamed as children.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing seriously around the age of thirteen / fourteen.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is a comedy farce set in Yorkshire in 2003. It follows the exploits of a forty-something divorcee in pursuit of a meaningful romantic relationship with Clare Gaines, a female inspirational speaker and business guru. The protagonist, Richard Ross, is a troubled soul in need of salvation.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It is important to trust your own creativity and inspiration regardless of current fashions or vogues. Traditional publishing houses select or reject submissions based on quotas. Indie publishing therefore offers a lifeline to undiscovered authors like myself.
Published 2015-05-26.
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Books by This Author

Salvation
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 86,420. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Set in Northern England in 2003, Salvation takes the reader on a black comedy journey through the eyes of A.B.Wallis's anti hero: Richard Ross. Full of larger than life characters and farcical situations, this is the tale of one man's mission to finally take responsibility for the failures of his past, by rediscovering the good soul he somehow lost along the way.