The second in a series of biographical books about the unusual incidents that have made up my life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Frederick Forsyth, Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum, Jeffrey Archer, Nevil Shute, Wilbur Smith, Bernard Cornwell.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The ideas revolving around in my head and the desire to put them on "paper"!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Repairing old cars and motor bikes and gardening.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Plugging through various book lists to see what interests me.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, was for the newspaper I worked for in 1963 and was the road test on the new (at that time) Citroen DS 21 Pallas. A true dream of a car!
What is your writing process?
I am afraid it is basically putting the stories on paper as I remember them, then connecting them all up in sequence and period of time. Then having them all make sense.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, it was "Children of the New Forest". It made me look out for stories with similar themes. Adventure was the main focus.
How do you approach cover design?
First I look for a bright attractive photograph or illustration that depicts the period of the book, then work from there.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
We go to Ken Follett here, "Pillars of the Earth" and its sequel; then the Bernard Cornwell "Warrior Chronicles".
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I 'm afraid I only have a humble basic "Kindle".
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
It's all early days, I am just starting on the ladder, so using all I can get hold of.
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
About the age of 40, when I lost the company that had dominated my life for the previous 12 years! That was when the living began and writing started.
When did you first start writing?
Originally on leaving school with no G.C.E. "O" level passes, although I took eight subjects. I eventually realised that the examiners could not read my writing. That was my excuse anyway!
I began work as a junior space salesman and copywriter at the local weekly newspaper. I loved this but the cold canvassing of potential clients was difficult to get into.
Writing stories brought me back to Newspapers in 1985 when I became a freelance photojournalist.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Incidents in my life between 1960 and 1970, beginning work and getting married. Sounds boring but believe me, my wife of 48 years, is the first to admit that life has been one long surprise. I am afraid that I am a risk-taker; sometimes it pays off sometimes it doesn't but life along the way is certainly not boring! The books to follow contain around 50 stories each, from just a few hundred words to 5000. The involve cars, boats, horses and people; lots of people.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Reactions from visitors to the Horse Centre as I recounted incidents from daily life. Then the local weekly newspaper who I had worked for previously began printing the "Diary Stories" together with a suitable cartoon picture. After this, I just kept on writing things down as they happened. I started the Sammy Shire Horse Book series in 1993 which sold a few thousand of the first print run. Demands on my time meant I had to stop writing for a while. Now I'm retired I have the time to catch up!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
This is the first book with Smashwords so hoping for great things!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Making the words produce an exciting picture.
What do your fans mean to you?
Their support and enthusiasm produces energy to work harder.
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