Interview with Bigga Day

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up partly in Africa and the UK. I'm not sure what influence this has had on my writing since I'm more influenced on what I see, watch or hear.

When I write I just write so I guess it will be others and my readers that will see patterns or influences.
Describe your desk
I write at my dining table which is cluttered with of paper, bottles of mineral water and a jar of moisturising day face cream. I also have scattered around the table a few random notebooks, an empty vase and a placemat.

It's a solid oak table with lots of watermarks because I forget to use coasters for my drinks. Not a big deal because I'm not that bothered.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was seven or eight at school. However so did the rest of the class - it was part of my primary school's curriculum that everyone wrote stories.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a platform to show my work directly to others without having to go through a middleman (publisher/agent).

It balances out the previous rejections I got because I see that my work is read by at least some of those who download it.

So it's the increased and greater platform Smashwords has given me to show my work to the public.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escapism and distraction into something different. The joy of writing tends to change depending on what mood or situation I am in.
What are you working on next?
I'm writing a hot romance novel at the moment. I'm struggling with bits of it but it's coming together. It's about a woman who's about to get married but the boyfriend calls it off. She meets some other man and sparks fly.

I don't have the knack for writing traditional romances since my main characters then to be quite stubborn and strong-headed. I've nearly finished the first draft, I just need to put in a few more scenes - get it edited and the post in on Smashhits.
What is your writing process?
Messy and chaotic. So I usually get an idea or situation then I need to pull in into a full length story. I tend to have to plot and do an outline then start writing.
How do you approach cover design?
Ahhh....that is a great question. I'm learning about this. For now I just plonk something on the covers but now I'm learning to appreciate the value of good design.

Basically I have no approach as my main focus is writing but I appreciate I need to package my storues to attract readers so it is something I have at the back of my mind.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Waiting for the Evening News: Stories of the Deep South by Tim Gautreaux This changed my veiw about a lot of things. Tim Gautreaux is a excellent writer who makes reader think about simple things.

Sula by Toni Morrison. It's a beautifully written narrative with many layers. I also like it because it's short. I like it because it's about relationships.

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky translated by David McDuff. Great novel and true to life. It was also aggravating and infuriating to read at times but it just shows you how good the novel was. It may be also down to the translator David McDuff.

I can't think of any others at the moment.
What do you read for pleasure?
That a difficult because it depends on what is available. So anything from literary to commerical fiction. I don't read horror, gritty crime or soppy emotional novels.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Right now I have an iPad.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hmmm.....I don't do any but maybe I should.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The current one I'm writing well it's about a woman who is obssessed with getting married that she is willing to ignore certain signs about her boyfriend. At some point it all goes a bit pear shape for her.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It's easy - really. I just focus on writing, editing and doing my best then upload it. Completing work is enough for me anything more than that is a bonus. Also I like to do things on my own timeable.
Published 2013-09-22.
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