Interview with Warren Gwilt

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Africa in the dying days of Apartheid. Although I was still quite young when South Africa became a democracy in 1994, I still remember witnessing the hardships that the majority of people had to deal with. One particular event that really sparked the desire to impart knowledge to others was when one of the farmer workers children, who I had become quite good friends with was drowned by the farm owners son, the reason - because he was black.

It's not the only reason, but it certainly is one of the major motivating factors.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Knowing that I am a human-being, the only species of it's kind in the universe, which is something that should be seen as a blessing because our capacity to create, share, grow and learn makes us truly unique. Making the most of the magical journey that is my life and hopefully sharing the journey with others along the way.
Who are your favorite authors?
George Orwell, Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, R.D Wingfield, Mark Billingham, James Ellroy, Simon Scarrow.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to travel, experience new things, meet people. I like to meet new people and broaden my horizons. Besides my desk job, I try spend most of my time living out each day as if the last grain of sand in the hour glass is about to drop.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Up until recently I would rely solely on Amazon. Living in South Africa, people's choices are very limited. After a bit of digging I came along Smashwords and have found it to be very extensive and well stocked with good reads.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever remember reading was a Biggles Learns To Fly by W.E Johns. My dad read all the Biggles books when he was a kid, and in turn handed them down to me. There were other books that really enthralled me as a youngster - particularly the Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, but Biggles really jumped out at me because of my keen interest in The Great War and World War II.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of fiction, especially pulp however I do like old world stories about the Viking raids of the british Isle's as well as those about the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

I don't only limit myself to fiction, there is a lot of non-fiction that peaks my interest. A subject I find particularly fascinating is evolutionary biology. The wonders of the universe are immense and fascinating.
Published 2013-11-12.
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