Interview with E H Smith

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I did read A Christmas Carol when I was about six but it didn't really sink in until I read it three years later. In the interim, I read The BFG - that story was the ultimate inspiration to me. A Christmas Carol did inspire me to write but The BFG made me realise that writing was definitely my passion and nothing else will ever come close to it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Thrillers. I like going on emotional and imaginative rollercoaster rides, especially the endorphin rush! I have my favourite thriller writers and just marvel at their talent and ability.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle. It's a very smart device and although I refused to be seduced by modern literary technology at first, but the wife gave me her Kindle after getting a new one and... well, I never looked back.
When did you first start writing?
As soon as I could pick up a pencil! I remember writing stories when I was five, although I cannot recall exactly what I was writing about. It has seriously been the one thing that I can do and do well. I'm not much good at anything else.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a 'non-sequel' to Shape. One of the minor characters in Shape gets their own story. I'm not going to give too much away, mind!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wanted to stay in control of my work. It's MY story, not a collaborative effort. Going through a traditional publisher would mean relinquishing a certain amount of my rights to what I have created and I am not prepared to do this. Publishers and editors can tell you what you can and cannot write. It does depend on the terms of the contract, though.

For me, I value the views of my editor and will take her comments on board. I will be having two people editing my next book but again, their comments are advisory and not compulsory.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The rush when I have got into my stride and words, stories, dialogue and ideas just flow at the speed I am writing at. I have been known to write over 5,000 in just a couple of hours. That is what I love more than anything. Good reviews are always welcome - and by good I don't mean just complimentary ones. I also mean constructive feedback. I don't mind someone saying my work is crap provided they aren't being a dick about it or making personal remarks.
Describe your desk
I don't have one! I write at the table, on the floor, on the bed, on my lap... wherever. The floor or bed are my favourites as there is space to change my position as I can't sit too long.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Kent. I guess it has for some of my personal experiences have influenced the story but I can't say in all honesty that the actual town I grew up in did.
What do your fans mean to you?
So much! They keep me going and I trust them to be honest to give me their thoughts on my work. I'm grateful to anyone that takes the time to read my work, visit my website or talk to me about writing.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Living is a reward in itself. I don't believe in deities, the supernatural, spiritual or 'other worldly' stuff. I'm here right now and being here right now is the best thing of all. What taught me that more than anything is after a death in the family, who was someone that had everything to live for but cancer stopped that. When I was severely depressed, my mother pointed to the picture of the family member, telling me that when I get dark thoughts, think of the person who died. They would have given ANYTHING to have carried on. Now I value my life more than anything.
Published 2016-05-24.
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Books by This Author

The Shape of the Path
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 124,720. Language: British English. Published: September 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
The Shape of the Path follows Kathryn Cayliss on her coming-of-age journey through negotiating her first love, homophobic parents, and the temptations of recreational drugs as a means to escape her suffering. Through a difficult and unpredictable journey, will there be redemption as her path wends in unexpected directions.