Interview with D.P Tighe

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yeah. I remember it very well. In fact its still an ongoing project much bigger than my short story Azazel. I completed the first part of the book when I was in my early teens so it needs modernising and editing by a pro. Its called The fourteen Shrines and its about a bunch of students who are in their last few months at a special military school that is hidden from the world. Fourteen huge gateways connecting to dimensions such as Hell and Asgard are amongst their world but all of them are closed for the time being.
It doesn't take long though for trouble to find the students and they soon find themselves neck deep in a huge world war between the very people they wanted to serve and many outlaws and demons.

Besides being a fantasy novel its filled with artwork that I spent a fortune on and its also got some heavy erotic scenes in it too.
What is your writing process?
Normally when I'm incredibly bored ideas will strike and I will remember them but its only when I literally have nothing to do that I will put pen to actual paper. If the story I start writing seems good for the first chapter and I hook myself then normally I write a chapter a day after I draw up a plot. Does depend on how long I want the book to be though.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
First decent story I ever read was 'The lion the, the witch and the wardrobe'. Moved me to tears when the lion died. Really hate animal cruelty. I'm still a soppy bugger now.
How do you approach cover design?
If I have the money I will ask my artist friend to make me a cover using descriptions from within the book, I like to make the book itself come to life. as with my short story Azazel I had no funding for such a thing so my misses found a cheap way to design your own cover and to be very honest it fits well with the story and looks great.
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't actually read books any more, I mainly read manga. Hooked on it. Cant live without it; wish I could draw too and make my works come to life.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle fire. Great for looking through my own works whilst I am out and about.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Sadly I don't know any. I am not very good at trying to sell stuff. I am a very honest person and I think honest people have the worst luck at trying to sell anything to someone who has never heard of it.
Describe your desk
Hmmm. A creative mess!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Grew up within a rough council estate, forced to live inside because going outside meant getting bullied. My home also got broken into a lot so never really had a telly or anything nice. That's when I first started to write and my imagination exploded I guess.
When did you first start writing?
Around the age of seven. Started quite young.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I should ever get any fans (fingers crossed) they would literally mean the world to me. All I want to do is entertain and if I can do that in the form of my writing it would be great. If I had fans it would make me work harder because I hate to let people down. It's literally a dream of mine to have huge fan bases.
What are you working on next?
I honestly do not know. I was going to carry on writing Azazel and turn it into a full blown novel or several more short stories but I'm not having any success with people leaving me a review good or bad, or even getting the book so I am concerned that my writing skills have still not taken too people.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Gaming. Love to game. My great ambitions in this world is to create great literature for people to read and then turn it into a game. sadly you need a boat load of money for that. I'm not a money orientated person but I would love to create an epic game of my books.
Published 2015-12-11.
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