Interview with Dick Webb

What do your fans mean to you?
Well, "fans" is probably an exaggeration, but since I've published the stuff, obviously it's great if it actually gets read by someone. If they like it even better.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have to be inspired to get out of bed, it just sort of happens when I don't feel like sleeping / lying in bed any more.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
This is such a good question, and I wish I had the answer. My time. Is any of it actually mine. Do I spend it or just let it dribble through my fingers. Or throw it away. And where does it go? Who gets my time when I've spent it. But seriously I like spending other people's time, and I do it as much as I can, which isn't as much as I like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I was 14. As is obvious from the story.
What is your writing process?
I think about stuff until I know what I'm going to write. Then I write it down. It turns out different.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Apart from my own? obviously? And not counting the collected works of Will? or the Bible? George Eliot "Middlemarch" - a novel where everyone gets a fair chance. "Precious Bane" Mary Webb: read it because of the author's name, no relation. Such good stuff. The Baroque cycle Neal Stephenson: Science philosophy, swashbuckling piracy, intrigue social history and the invention of money all rolled into one. Staggering. Games People Play Eric Berne - could have been any other book on transactional analysis but this was the one that opened my eyes (age 17). A Communicative grammar, Leech and Svartvik: clear concise comprehensive. Wish I could have written it. Rudyard Kipling The Just so stories; Lewis Carroll Alice through the looking glass - embroidered my childhood days. The Differential Geometry of Curves and Surfaces - well you did ask. Animal Farm, George Orwell - need I explain. Does that make five?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have not employed any, and none of them have been in the least successful
Describe your desk
Chaos only less grand. Squalor only cleaner. A jungle only mostly inorganic.
Why this interview, these questions.
I thought it might be amusing. For me. For the fictitious reader perhaps.
Published 2016-07-02.
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