Interview with Edward O'Kane

What is your e-reading device of choice?
home PC
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
the internet
Describe your desk
i have a Dell desktop
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In Ireland and after age of 11 our family moved to England.It is my opinion that the move from rural Ireland to an industrial part of England awakened something in me as a result of the traumatic change at age 11. Although I originally pined for the Ireland I'd lost, I eventually came to equally love my adopted country. The original conflict in my soul I think came to inspire me to take up writing at some stage in my life.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was based on the many stories I read about in the national newspapers of schools failing the Ofsted examinations. I thought the subject was worthy of writing about and consequently set about creating the characters and situations in my book to reflect what was going on in schools around the country. It is not, however, based on any single school.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
On retirement I found that filling each day was becoming increasingly difficult. Day trips to places of interest and pursuing my hobbies could not satisfy an inner need to do something I could really get my teeth into. Consequently I started to think of writing - something I'd always wanted to do but had never actually got around to starting. Once I put pen to paper, so to speak, I found I was hooked - I had found something to fill all the empty spaces in my days.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It gave me an opening - a chance to set out on a truly satisfying way of filling all those empty days.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Quite simply the satisfaction of creating something from the very simplest of ideas. I'd maybe see a couple arguing on a bus and begin to think about it. Are they arguing about some trivial domestic issue - or maybe something much more serious and sinister. Thus an idea or two about this would set me off and, hey presto, I would find myself starting to plan a novel.
What do your fans mean to you?
An enormous deal. It simply gives me the added impetus to keep on writing that next novel. I think fans are the true life blood that keeps someone like myself afloat.
What are you working on next?
A novel about a flat. A man enters the flat totally unaware of something - a previous visitor to the flat is about to enter his life with disastrous consequences.
Who are your favorite authors?
Jane Austen, the Brontes, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
To simply get the most out of it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mainly walking and travelling around on buses and trains.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
On the internet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Of course, as I've only written one so far but I intend to change all that with my next novel.
What is your writing process?
I think of a simple idea and mull it over for a month or so, making notes, before planning the book, chapter by chapter.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. Tale of two cities by Charles Dickens. I thought about the inner nobility that can exist in man.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave all that to the professional graphic designers. I just like to think there is a link between a cover and the story which is mysterious rather than obvious.
What do you read for pleasure?
Agatha Christie
When did you first start writing?
In 2013.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I couldn't answer that as I have many favourites
How do I look at myself as a writer
I'm a very humble person and let others be the judge of how good or bad they think I really am.
Do you want to say anything more about yourself
No. I've said all I want to say for the moment
Published 2016-06-29.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Awakening
Price: Free! Words: 140,340. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This is a story about a headmistress's seemingly impossible battle against many odds pitted against her as she struggles to save her school from closure. Evils forces are unleashed by greedy, ruthless characters which seem to thwart all her best efforts and ultimately threaten her life. Tied up with a hangman's noose around her neck she trembles as she sees her life slipping away. Will evil win?