Interview with C P Sennett

How do you approach cover design?
I often outsource this, I have a theme or idea in mind but I do let a lot of creative input come from people more artistic than me. Often it is friends, my publisher or wife that help with the final details.

A cover is often a hard thing for me to get too involved in I find. Usually I am still trying to clear my mind from writing or editing the book or story and it's easier to let others help.

I am thankful we use some great artists.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
It is hard to put my five favourite books and even harder to put them in any order. Here as someone who writes I often feel as though I should put five great literary works, instead I am going to be honest and put 5 I really enjoyed.

As a young kid I enjoyed the Dragon Lance novels. Especially the first three. Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning. As a young boy at school I loved these books, they were great entertainment and not as hard going as some other heavier fantasy books.

I also enjoyed The Seventh Swordsman series, not as well known but beautify written by Dave Duncan. A great twist on fantasy and so refreshing. Three great books that everyone I know who has read them has loved them.

The Horus Heresy, a couple of bad books in what is otherwise a ground breaking long set of books (and growing). They really bring the Sci-Fi element of Warhammer 40,000 alive and in an adult and mature way.

For me these are three sets of books that I have really enjoyed as they have given me a great break from reality.
What do you read for pleasure?
Usually something in the Horus Heresy series at the moment. Good books with more coming out all the time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad if I am honest or in difficult times my iPhone when I am about and about.

I don't see the logic of lugging a Kindle or other device around when I have my phone in my pocket.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
The best marketing ploys I have found are reaching NEW people.

It is reaching new people that will increase your readership. Speaking to your publisher a lot and sharing ideas for reaching new people is a big help. Keeping ahead of the technology trend is a great tool also, too many people often overlook this, please don't.
Describe your desk
Tidy today, as we have been cleaning for the Christmas period.

I have three big screens on a very powerful computer. Lot's of data storage so I can take a break and plenty of music if needed. It usually has a cup of tea or a soft drink to hand and occasionally printed bits of my work which someone has read and edited outside of my normal pool of editors.

It's nice to get a fresh viewpoint occasionally.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Now here is a long story but I will keep it simple.

I went to 5 primary schools and 3 high schools around the Ipswich area (one in Felixstowe). One great advantage of this is you met and had to adapt to a lot of people. I was always the 'new guy'. Great for improving your social skills but not so hot for you academically.

Growing up influenced me a lot, I learn't how to adapt and mixed with a wide range of kids. Smart ones, social ones, sporty ones, good ones and bad. It gave me plenty of info to draw from I can tell you.

The main thing though is I go out of my way not to write about people I know. The funny thing is there aren't that many types of people around when you consider it. We all know people from one group of friends who is very like another friend in a different group.

People are strange, yet oddly predictable.
When did you first start writing?
I think it was 2009. I did some bits before this but never to any great level so I think I have to say 2009. On the plus side I have learned so much since then that you are honestly always improving.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Currently I am working on the latest Squad B short story and this is introducing the latest character into the group.

Mira is an interesting one, a master of a number of martial arts but she has a chequered past. Set in the future she is one of a group of operatives who do a range of jobs for a mysterious Frenchman. The future isn't a nice place and she fits right in.

Italian by birth she has an icy cool about how she works but all isn't well with her.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has given me a platform to reach more people.

It is also a simple one to use, so my publisher says. We plan to do more with it in 2014 and to push our works harder but for now it is about marketing the free stories to get the traction I need as an author.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The chance to cut loose.

People don't often see my as the writing type, listen to Brad Paisley's song, I'm still a guy and that is pretty much me. I wasn't the English genius at school but I am a better storyteller than writer. I can come up with interesting multi layered characters and tell a plot well.

The thing I like about it is that it rewards on so many levels, it is fun, interesting, something to get stuck into. Actually though the sense of achievement is a big thing for me. You know when it is done and copies are being downloaded or sold that you have really achieved something.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
A range of ways.

Having recently lost my father I spend a lot of time helping my mother, work is a big part of my life but also I am into martial arts, Airsoft and watching documentaries.

A real love though is my wife and kids, they are a great bunch and adding to that I mentor some other business owners and do a fair bit in the local community with some charitable groups I am involved with. Oddly I don't know how I fit it all in but somehow I do.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely I do, I wrote a short story at school about a Samurai and the difference between honour, duty and love in feudal Japan. My English teacher didn't get it, the whole honour system.

She said that there should have been more dialogue. I did explain that isn't how Japanese culture was back then but you can't win them all.
What is your writing process?
As I write in a few different genres each ones has it's own nuances.

I work with the overarching story and then plan from there. I've gotten better at writing and I do feel if I spent more time reading what I write in the first draft I would save a ton of time on editing. However, when I'm in the flow I go for it. If I am excited writing it then hopefully that translates to the readers.
Published 2019-01-02.
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The Anniversary
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Mexican Lights
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Family Duty
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The Squad B archives Vol: 4 Mira, Italian, beautiful and very very deadly. Mira is a Squad B member and no stranger to violence, but this time it's not an assignment, it's personal. It's not in some far-flung corner of the world, no, it's home, it's more than a request, it's Family Duty.
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