Interview with Andy Smith

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Are most writers left with much choice in the matter?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Joy? Hmmm. Not sure it's the word I'd use. I'm hardly in a "state of happiness or felicity" or outwardly showing "pleasure or delight", or "rejoicing", when I'm sat at the computer! It's hard work, frustrating and with little hope of reward.

I see it more as a duty to myself. There's something inside I have to get out. This is how.
What do your fans mean to you?
When I get one I'll let you know.
What are you working on next?
A YA title that will give meaning to life. Inspired by Sophie's World, The Alchemist and A Brief History of Time.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't really do "favorites". Most authors have books I like and books I don't. Some writers I admire are Cormac McCarthy, David Mitchell, Neal Stephenson and Truman Capote. There are others that don't come to mind right now.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Back ache.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Jiu jitsu, reading, watching films and series, surfing youtube for weird videos about aliens, or atheists arguing with theists.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations, articles, similar books to books I like. Reading reviews. Books that win awards. Books of films I've enjoyed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. I think I probably drew one on a blackboard.
What is your writing process?
Get inspired. Let the idea stew until it becomes unbearable. Brainstorm a bit with mindmaps. Start writing. Edit. Edit. Edit.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I always found that a weird question. I read and enjoy, or not. Nothing ever had an 'impact' on me. Until I read Blood Meridian by Cormac McCartyhy. That left me stunned. I'm still stunned.
How do you approach cover design?
Er... not very well. I do them myself in an art program. Tough one that. Something I need to work on.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Like I've already said, I don't really do 'favorites'. Five books that marked me, in no particular order, were:
Breakfast at Tiffany's, because I read Norman Mailer was quoted as saying that he "would not have changed two words" in it. Is that even possible to think? Upon reading I kind of agreed.
Blood Meridian, because it left me gobsmacked. Stunned. Sickened. Impressed beyond belief by McCarthy's use of language.
Seveneves, because, well, I like sci-fi and this is sci-fi at its best.
Cloud Atlas, because I wish I was able to come up with ideas so brilliant and express them so beautifully.
Almost anything by Bill Bryson, because he's fun.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything. Perhaps with a slight bias towards sci-fi.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
er... none yet?
Describe your desk
Messy
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Birmingham. I don't think it did. Leaving to see a bit of the world might have helped.
Published 2018-02-25.
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Read This BEFORE You Lose Your Shirt In The Stock Market
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Tup
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Squinty: A Teddy Bear's Tale
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,100. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
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Cap'n K and the Dragon
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Arimathea's Box
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 154,810. Language: British English. Published: November 7, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
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