Interview with Elliott Nixon

When did you first start writing?
I first started writing seriously in 2014, but had loved the concept of short stories when I was six.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided me with a successful platform to share my books with as many people as possible.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown, but my favourite writer is Aaron Sorkin.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time researching things relating to my next book or figuring out how to live in London off a writer's income.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is based off of television writing. Shows such as Breaking Bad and the Legend of Korra are about as efficient as they get. My process is similar. First, I write out a rough draft and don't reject any ideas. Then I write summaries of each chapters (in the same way as these shows wrote their episode premises) before writing the story proper. It makes the process easier and way less stressful.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I enjoy reading long articles or essays, non-fiction books and books about rock bands. In addition, reading scripts of movies and transcripts of audiobooks get the ideas flowing.
Why did you start to write?
I started writing properly because I was frustrated with school and I ended up with more free time than expected. So I decided to learn how to turn my hobby into a real passion.
What do you listen to while writing?
I listen to the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Queen and U2. I've loved these bands for a long time and the fact that they are so familiar means that I can block out sounds I don't like and focus on what I'm doing.
What are you working on next?
I am writing any ideas that come into my head and then shaping them into books. I am not done with the Culture Thief's characters and there is more to come in this series.
How do you deal with being criticized?
Being criticized is a part of life as a writer. Being aware of this as it is something that comes with job is important. So when it comes, I breathe in and figure out why I'm being criticized before either dismissing it or seeing if something useful was in there.
Published 2016-01-14.
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