Interview with Dean Sharples

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was very fond of the many books I read at school. The earliest ones I can remember were a set of books about pirates such as Rodrick the Red, Gregory the Green and Benjamin the Blue. I loved the idea of being able to escape into a different world where I could be anything I wanted to be.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to think of a catchy title and sub-title to capture the reader's attention. I also pay attention to finding a suitable picture that works with the book I write. I believe many people really do judge a book by its cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I would have to say everything by Dan Brown. I really admire the work that went into researching everything he needed to know to make the novel believable. It much have taken a lot of time and effort to visit the locations his books are based around and learn all the information his main professor character knows about.
What do you read for pleasure?
I am very keen on reading anything computer related. I especially love reading about retro gaming and computing. I also enjoy novels by Peter Robinson, Dan Brown and John Grisham. Another favourite of mine are spiritual works.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use the Kindle and the Ipad 3.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Rochdale in England and I soon got a taste for reading comics and various books. I especially enjoyed the Choose Your Own Adverture Books, the Goosebumps books and basically any piece of spooky and adventure fiction I could get my hands on. I discovered my interest in reading encouraged me to start writing.
When did you first start writing?
I had the childhood ambition to be a comedian and spend regular nights in my bedroom writing jokes in the early 1980s. I took story writing more seriously in the 1990s when I purchased a home study course. I also started writing articles and tutorials for Atari ST diskzines.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Escaping into my own world and having the power to do what I want. Also the joy of reading reviews and comments from people who have read my work.
What are you working on next?
I love programming and have programmed many games for the Atari ST and Amiga. As I am also planning to program for the PC I would like to start writing books on game programming.
Who are your favorite authors?
Dan Brown, John Grisham, and Peter Robinson.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time programming and playing games. I also like to watch a lot of comedy and detective type shows.
How does Writing help with Game Design?
Just like books games have a story to tell. Especially adventure games where the player enters a world which is described by words rather than pictures. Being a writer gives me the skills to form a story and created challenges for the player that they need to overcome to progress with the game.
Published 2017-08-24.
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Books by This Author

Home Business School
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 8,260. Language: English. Published: September 10, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Home-based businesses
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Basic information required for running a business from home using your computer and the Internet. This guide has no links to other websites but provides the foundations you need to know.
Spooky Tales
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 11,110. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Six chilling ghost stories for your entertainment which include: THE WALLET: Jack Waite is a small time crook who attacks a man for his wallet. Taking the money he throws the wallet away thinking he can move on...but can he? THE PERFECT MURDER: A writer wants to get rid of his lazy co-writer who holds a secret over him. He plots the perfect murder but does it work for him?