Interview with David Winship

What do your fans mean to you?
If I had any, I would hide from them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The thought that I'm helping people become better readers. People invariably go on to read something better after they've read one of my books.
What are you working on next?
My next book will be the ultimate key to the map of life, a jeweled window to the soul of mankind, an illuminating journey through the complexities and mysteries of the human condition. Or it might be another tale about wacky space aliens. I haven't decided yet.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Needing to go to the toilet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No.
What is your writing process?
I operate the keyboard on my laptop with incredible skill and dexterity, although sometimes I hit Ctrl-Alt-Del just randomly. I hate it when that happens.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was Hamlet by William Shakespeare. I didn't understand a word of it. I was only three at the time.
How do you approach cover design?
Usually from the left, weaving in and out of the trees, disguised as a ninja.
When did you first start writing?
After breakfast.
Describe your first attempt at fictional writing
I was at Alfred Sutton Primary School in Reading and my Year Six teacher, Mrs Way, told us to write an imaginative piece of prose. I decided to write about an adventure. After a few days, I finally came up with the title - The Adventure. I still remember the plot. The main character decided to walk towards Swindon. After a dark and stormy night, he walked through a field that had cows in it, then a field that had no cows in it, then a field with flowers and then a field with no flowers, just trees, then back through the field with cows. Be fair, I never said it was an interesting or exciting adventure, did I? Anyway, my teacher was so impressed, she gave me a prize - I think it's because she came from Swindon and could relate to it.
Published 2016-07-23.
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