Interview with Geoffrey T Wood

Describe your desk
As an Artist, my desk ( apart from my computer ) is a very old easel.
As an artist, what do you like to paint ?
Mainly portraits, though at present I am working on an exhibition of Wild Life and Still Life.
Have you painted anyone famous?
I have been fortunate enough to have painted a number of famous sports personalities including Tiger Woods,
David Beckham, Eric Cantona and Sir Clive Lloyd's family portrait.
where did you grow up?
In a suburb of Manchester in the north of England, a place called Moss Side which at that time was the home of
Manchester City Football Club. I lived there until I got married at the age of 22.
When did you first start writing?
I have only written the one book and completed it 10 years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's a story I made up as I went along. I told it to my Grand daughter when she was very young but old enough to enjoy it. It must have taken over two weeks of adding bits night by night. On completing the story she enjoyed it that much I had to keep re-telling it to her and to her pals. When one of them said it was the best story they had ever heard, the seeds were sewn and I decided to write it down.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I will have to let you know!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I tried to get my book published and it came back each time looking as though it had never been looked at, so, I decided to put it into print myself. As an Artist I did all the illustrations myself. My local paper gave it a wonderful review and at a book signing I sold enough books to cover the cost of publication. Unfortunately this was only local and I was struggling to get it into the big wide world and the unsold books were gathering dust. Last year an old friend visited from New Zealand. During her stay she read and enjoyed my book. It turned out that she is now a successful Indie Author and suggested I went down the same route.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
To get positive feedback from readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
Lots of kids around where I live have read my book and lots of others have had it read to them by parents, grandparents and even in school by their teachers. A good number have said it's the funniest story they have ever heard, and this means everything to me.
What are you working on next?
I'm busy working on my next Art Exhibition at present.
Who are your favorite authors?
John Grisham, Michael Connelly, David Badacci
What inspires you to get out of bed each day
At the age of 75 just being here to do it.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Painting, walking holidays, playing golf, entertaining great grand children.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
To be honest it is a very new discovery
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. I have only written the one.
What is your writing process?
At the computer
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes. It was called " Victor Gaunt, master spy " I loved it and couldn't believe I had read a complete book. The next book was " The Maneaters of Tsavo " the author of which was John Henry Patterson who visited and talked at my school.
How do you approach cover design?
For my cover design I asked my Grand daughter who is called Alex to pose for me while I sketched her.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Game of thrones". For such a huge book I couldn't believe how easy it was to read.
"Sycamore Row " Great story line
"Pelican Brief " A/A
"The wrong side of goodbye" Three stories intertwining
Any Jack Reacher book.
What do you read for pleasure?
Detective / lawyer books.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
Published 2017-10-11.
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Books by This Author

When Alex got Stuck to the Toilet
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,630. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales
This is a funny and moving story, about a little girl who is counting down the weeks, after which she will become a bridesmaid for the very first time. During this time she comes to the rescue of a mischievous little mending fairy, and sets about helping her to regain admission to the Magic Kingdom.