Interview with Paul G. Anderson

What are you working on next?
the sequel to Does It Hurt to Die has been completed. This book will be the second in a quadrilogy called Do You Want to Die and may well be out before Christmas 2013. Also in the pipeline is a romance novel titled A Complicated Summer Love. Children's short stories are being assembled centered on a character Herbert the Galah
Who are your favorite authors?
Dan Brown/Steig Larsson/Wilbur Smith/Michael Crichton/Jeffrey Archer/Matthew Reilly/Patricia Cornwall/Lloyd Jones
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
the sheer excitement that is out there to encounter on a daily basis.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
my main job is as a surgeon. I love the privilege of being able to treat people and hopefully improve their lives. I am chairman of an organization called Specialists without Borders and we go for two or three weeks a year to teach in developing countries. I also ride/run /swim and read
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have to confess a preference for paperbacks. However my friends will often recommend an e-book which I will then download
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
the first story I ever wrote was a description of the terrorist attack that I was involved in. This story primarily a catharsis to eradicate memories of the event and ended up inspiring a medical mystery thriller Does It Hurt to Die
What do your fans mean to you?
readers who have been entertained, enthralled and for some completely immersed in what I have written to the point they would love to have more.
What is your writing process?
I usually takes six weeks of each year awayfrom surgery just for writing. The plot is well scripted out before that as well as the chapters in a storybook fashion. The book is written over this six-week period and then I usually take three or four months to review and edit before giving it to a professional editor.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually give the idea of the book with a summary to graphic arts friends of mine to see what they can come up with.
What do you read for pleasure?
I enjoy good fiction, which you can tell from the list of authors, but I like the fiction to challenge my intelligence and for there to be twists and turns so that one is never quite certain how the story is going to turn out
What is your e-reading device of choice?
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
a website for Does It Hurt to Die and Facebook ads as well as reviews in local newspapers
Describe your desk
a wooden desk, three draws on one side computer accommodated on the left. Relatively uncluttered with a phone in one corner. Large computer screen at the back
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the geothermal city Rotorua which is located in the central North Island New Zealand. What influenced my writing most was the experience that I've had of living in different countries; United Kingdom/United States of America/South Africa and Australia. They have all provided interesting chapters in my life which I have been able to incorporate into my writing
When did you first start writing?
when I was 35 shortly after the terrorist attack that I was involved in. While the initial writing was for catharsis so many people enjoyed what I had written and I so enjoyed creating fiction that has grown to be a significant part of my life
What's the story behind your latest book?
Do You Want to Die is set partly in Australia with the characters from the first book also being involved in a conspiratorial story which involves conflict minerals in Africa. In the second story new characters are introduced as well as great romance and sex
What motivated you to become an indie author?
the sheer enjoyment of writing and entertaining others through my writing
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
it has made available my work/writing to many who might not have been aware of it
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
creating a story that you are convinced people will enjoy reading
Published 2013-09-12.
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Books by This Author

Does It Hurt To Die
You set the price! Words: 105,820. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Dr Iannie de Villier’s, a well-known liver transplant surgeon avoids death,in a terrorist attack but two weeks later, while recovering at home he is mysteriously murdered.Sixteen years later his son returns from Australia to discover that his father was involved in the murky world of apartheid , and a secret germ warfare programme, targeting people of colour.