Interview with Eric Lawton

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in Newborough, Victoria (State), Australia. It was idyllic, when you consider most of the world's children don't have the privileged surroundings I had. My region was urban, being about two hours SE of Melbourne. My family were 'ten pound poms' - an immigrant program well known to Aussies. I was born in England, and came when I was barely two years old. I am the second of seven children.

I did not write until I was in my late forties, so my upbringing was not a factor, other than I was naturally good at English in school. The injustices of life were my biggest motivator. I would love to be a social commentator, but fear people are not interested. The second greatest influence is my inventiveness. I often feeI I am like Michael Keaton in 'Night Shift'; I am an ideas man, and just as superficial as he.
When did you first start writing?
My first book was 'Teleconned'. It was therapy for being sacked for having threatened an aborigine - a trumped up charge borne of PC nonsense, and one of the biggest injustices of my life. I would make an e-book if I could find a digital copy. Saved on floppy disks and lost over time. That must be nearly twenty years ago.

I then wrote to Government to try to prevent then from making mistakes. It was not possible every time. I also wrote suggestions to do better. They fell on deaf ears, also.

I added the three e-books intermittently between letters to government. The first was Lord of the SpRings.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'True Religion' is because I want to save the World, and I was prompted to challenge myself after reading false scripture. Other writings were of specific importance to me, however, on the spiritual front I was well established, and my religion was outside the scope of a book topic. After reading a major religious book that claimed to be revelatory, I was gobsmacked to see what drivel was passed off as coming from God. I could not fathom how a billion followers could believe it. At the same time, my church began encouraging more evangelism from members using social media. I am hapless at the 'friends' stuff, so I went my own way. I wrote it off the top of my head (so to speak) in about 30 hours. I believe I am far clearer than the god who spoke to the self-professed prophet. I used no editor - if he be God, he is inept at communicating.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Nobody hears me. I am sure nobody wants to. I want to be heard. I feel most people are heard when they have little of value to say. It's a strange World. My invention would help the World, but it will remain anonymous. My idea for voting, likewise. My identification of True Religion is far more important than both, yet it will stay hidden from people because they show no interest in truth, nor their Eternal welfare. Satan has them thinking they are OK as they are, and they don't realize it.

As for indie; Eight years ago I spent and lost $2,000 self publishing Lord. Indie is free. After three weeks, I have not sold one copy of three books, so recouping two grand looks slim, but it costs nothing to try.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It hasn't. Time will tell. I hold no illusions of success, as saturation is a problem.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I believe I am making a contribution. It provides frustration later when nobody is interested, but when writing, I write with hope. I have more ideas than those I have published, but they are not books, nor could ever be, simply due to size. However, if my few books get recognized for the viability of my ideas (Lord and Elections, not True Religion), I may get the government to hear me on local issues. It is the reality of nothing good can come until I am heard that motivates me to write.

People read rubbish in mountainous volumes. I am not concerned with the purity of the language constructs, or the cleverness in presentation; my writing is about the substance of the subject.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't want fans in the context of authors if they are similar to movie stars, etc. If I have entertained someone, well and good. If I have enlightened someone, even better. Neither needs to become a fan. I would sooner see some means to build my invention in Lord; to see the World's traffic problems solved as a result. I would rather see my voting revolution in Election be implemented in many countries, with the ensuing benefits. And I would (most of all) rather see masses join my church having read True Religion. The lives changed would contribute to World peace and prosperity; that thing all beauty contestants want and, like me, cannot assist.
What are you working on next?
I am looking for a digital copy of 'Teleconned'. If I don't find one among relatives, I will be typing from a manuscript, and I am a two-finger typist. Other than that, I have no set plans. If people don't read what I have already written, there is no point in providing more.
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't endear myself to authors; only to their works. Of Mice and Men; Lord of the Flies; and To Kill A Mockingbird are my three favorite books, respectively, when I don't include scripture. Each book is rich in values, which is the basis of my liking them. I never read books about love and lust, wizardry, vampires and werewolves, crimes and other frivolous topics that are the preferred subjects of the masses.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
When something out of bed is better than staying. It is usually the toilet; sometimes the refrigerator first. These motivators don't happen straight after waking, on most mornings. Staying wins out for a good while.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am looking for a new building project. My son and I have finished a large extension to an investment property and I need another soon to create wealth; something that has eluded me all my life. I have a lovely kitchen in storage ready for the next project. Writing is only done in the interim months, like now.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I look under Religion.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first writing in memory was a short poem in about grade nine, and I haven't written another, since. At least I can remember it:

When people get old
Their love runs cold
And they're not so bold,
So I'm told.

(I really am a rank amateur,)
What is your writing process?
As I have mentioned, I am not concerned with professionalism. I want the content to mean something more than just entertain. People eat the same food repeatedly through life because they have to, but they don't have to read the same things. I try to be different, but the mechanics of getting there are simplistic - a result of little interest in professional polish.

I gather thoughts and put down headings from them. Then I write on each heading. I read what I have written and think of what it hasn't said, and add it. Then I re-read for grammar corrections. I look for ways to reorder paragraphs and sentences in the section. When that is done, I read the entire book and consider the order of the sections and reorder, as appropriate. Then I add whole sections of irrelevant padding.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I'm 60.
How do you approach cover design?
Sloppily. It is more amateur than my writing style. I did all three covers in MS Paint, and it is so rudimentary, I can't do great covers. I am no graphics artist, either, but I do like playing around with ideas. I put a red face and horns on the Pope for True Religion before settling on clouds; my brother-in-law talked me out of using the devil-Pope. If I had spent $40 on a designer three times over. I may never get it back. I am risk-averse. It may be a bad move. Time will tell.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I am useless at marketing. I don't have a technique and the lack of success speaks for itself.
Describe your desk
I don't use a desk. I lie on a couch and use a laptop. I lie a lot on my couch, and never lie in my books.
Published 2013-09-03.
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Books by This Author

True Religion Explained
Price: Free! Words: 45,140. Language: Australian English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Comparative Religion
There's one way to Heaven revealed by God, and thousands of Satan's counterfeits making promises that don’t save. Mostly, there hasn't been God’s way. The true path of religion is unknown to most, and is probably in the least expected place. This is a straight-shooting account of where truth lies. It tracks God’s revelations, debunks altered doctrine, and tells what YOU must do to discover truth.
The Last Election
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,690. Language: Australian English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Democracy
How to eliminate politicians from our democratic system. We save billions of dollars and get more say in the important issues. It's a revolutionary idea without the need for a revolution. Examples of why we don't need them will surprise you.
The Lord of the Springs
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,830. Language: Australian English. Published: August 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Transportation » Automobiles
An invention with jokes. This idea could revolutionize private transport as a dedicated commuter. It could potentially surpass Microsoft. If you don't like the idea, you should like the joke book in the second half. Without them, it's hardly more than a pamphlet.