Interview with Eamonn Martin Griffin

Describe your desk
I don't have a writing desk. If I'm at home, then I work on the kitchen table. If I'm out and bout, then I'm happy writing in a library in a coffee shop, or on the train.

My secret is to have two computers: one small machine for writing (for years I used a Samsung netbook, but in the last year have moved to using a Microsoft Surface tablet with keyboard) and a separate, larger and more versatile laptop for everything else.

That's how I keep myself in a writing zone.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Lincolnshire. There's a lot of history here and often, not an awful lot to do, especially if you're used to the bustle of a city. That gave space for reading from when I was young onwards, and for imagination.
When did you first start writing?
About 5.30 this morning. I'm an early riser, where writing is concerned.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book (Torc) came fully formed while I was researching my previous book (The Prospect of This City). I had to take a couple of hours and write out in longhand the entire plot right there and then. It took another three years to get back to completing a first draft, but the finished novel is pretty much as it was first imagined.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like having projects completed. Self-publishing a book mean that the book is done, that it has a chance of finding a readership, and that I can move on with confidence​ to the next book.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm writing this on my first day as a Smashwords author, so it's a bit early to tell just yet. I'll come back to this in 2017 and report back!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the ideas out onto the page. And being constantly surprised​ as to what they look like when they're there.
What do your fans mean to you?
A story is nothing without readers. That's when the fiction really comes to life.
What are you working on next?
A near-future thriller, and a novel about espionage in Elizabethan England​.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a big question. Hmm. Growing up, I read a lot of Richard Adams, Enid Blyton, JRR Tolkein, Dr Seuss, and Ian Fleming. Then I moved onto horror and fantasy. That meant for me the classics of those genres, plus more contemporary writers such as Stephen Donaldson, Stephen King, James Herbert, and Iain Banks. Nowadays, I often go in phases where I focus on a particular writer and read an entire series of books by them, or else as much else as I can get my hands on, interspersed with other books. In the last three years, I've been working through the back catalogues of Lawrence Block, Joe R Lansdale, and Michael Connelly, for instance. All are great entertainers, as well as very solid genre writers.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Curiosity.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm learning about photography​.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through recommendations, from friends, and sometimes through browsing online catalogues. Very occasionally from reviews, but not often.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. One day I'll go back and do the same idea justice.
What is your writing process?
I sit down, revise yesterday's output, and then start. I don't second guess, or worry. Just get on with it. There's the radio on quietly in the background (spoken word stuff usually, as I find music too distracting), and the coffee machine. I aim for 1500 words each day when I'm first-drafting. For me, that means 2-3 hours.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I'm on my second Kindle, though I use my Android phone too. I don't read from a PC. E-readers are useful to me because of their portability.
Published 2016-08-30.
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Books by This Author

The Prospect of This City
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 98,760. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
London, 1666. Agent provocateur Rufus Challis is commissioned by foreign interests to bring terror to Charles II's London. Young Tom Farriner, second son to the King's baker, intercepts an element of Challis's plan; can he uncover the conspiracy and prevent an atrocity before it ignites?
Torc
Price: $1.49 USD. Words: 49,500. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Europe
Scotland. Two girls: Ailsa, in the present, and Iona, in the 2nd century AD. Two thousand years apart, but living in the same place. Their lives collide across time when their homes are threatened; Ailsa and Iona will have to work together to protect everything they cherish, against seemingly impossible odds.