Interview with Giorge Thomas

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Poetry isn't a priority for publishers. Which I get, given it isn't one of their big sellers. On a few occasions I've had publishers interested in publishing my collection, yet this never eventuated due to budget cuts. So I felt it was time to take matters into my own hands.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The art of creating. To just be able to delve into my own mind and release what I find there.
What do your fans mean to you?
I'm pretty sure that I don't have any 'fans' yet, but hopefully that will come. I do have a great group of supporters on giorgethomas.com, however, and it's great having their support and regular feedback. I love when someone writes to me to tell me how something I've written has affected me. That's what means the most.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I'm working on a fiction novel - very different from my poetry.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh gosh! I'm sure I'll miss some here but these are the ones I can think of off the top of my head:
Marian Keyes - a great Irish author whose ability to combine humour with tragedy surpasses that of anyone else.
Minette Walters - I fell in love with Minette's work as a teenager. She has a wonderful gift for creating strong yet flawed female characters.
Maeve Binchy - another great Irish author. Maeve is the ultimate story teller.
JK Rowling - I love her ability to draw you into the scene or whatever world she's creating, whether it be that of Harry Potter, a small conservative village or the strange world of celebrity.
Ken Follett - for his intricate and descriptive historical (and mammoth) novels.

My favourite poets are Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes and Dylan Thomas.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life inspires me to get up each day. As a depression sufferer, getting out of bed in the morning is the ultimate struggle. Yet for me it's all about moving forward, and trying. It's that simple. But it is also the overwhelming need to write which has me putting my feet on the floor each day. Oh, and not being able to put up with the constant meows from my cats wanting to be fed. Any cat owner will tell you how demanding they can be in the mornings. There's nothing quite like a whisker prod up the nose to get you moving.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I don't really do a lot. Because when I have down time, I write. It's not only my profession, but my hobby also. I still haven't got out of the habit of picking up a pen whenever I have a spare moment, because when I was working, any time away from the office was spent writing, much to the annoyance of my husband.

I do like spending as much time as possible with my niece and nephew - two gorgeous little creatures I can't get enough of. I have also taken up gardening in recent months, growing anything which will provide food. I have found gardening beneficial to the mind; it gives me a nice escape from the words and the world.

I love watching movies, cricket and rugby with my husband, Mr Thomas. I support England in the cricket (a paradox, I know, given I'm Australian) and Wales in the rugby (because it was Mr Thomas who introduced me to rugby and so I support his team, the mighty Welsh.)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm quite narrow-minded, to be honest. I'll search for the authors I like. But often in conversation with friends I'll find out about a book they enjoy and go and search for it myself. The great thing about ebooks is that you can download a sample. I pretty much know within the first ten pages whether I'll like a book or not - I have to be in tune with the author's style of writing. Once I read an entire book I like, I'll quite often download the entire collection of that author.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I probably wrote a lot of stories when I was super young. When I was four or five, my dad would make me these little books out of scrap paper from his office which he would staple together. I think that's where my love of stationery began. I'd take those little books and write my own little stories on them, but nothing I can remember now. The first one of memory was a story called 'Our Love is Forever' - crap title and probably a crap book. I was fourteen or fifteen, I think, and I'd be up all night on the computer just writing this thing. It started out as an eight page story for english class and grew into a few hundred pages. No idea what happened to it.
What is your writing process?
Handwritten in notebooks first, because I always like to be able to write whenever I can. I also love the art of actually writing free-hand. Then I'll type it up and that's when the editing comes into play.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read Shakespeare at quite a young age - I think I was about seven. It was a children's version, with explanations of what the text meant. I just remember being blown away by the words and the form of words, and from that point I always challenged myself when it came to reading. I was never daunted by the size of a book, or the age group. I just didn't believe in limiting myself to my age group.
How do you approach cover design?
I don't. I had this fanciful idea for The Vase, Reconstructed, that I wanted a photo of some old broken vase. It involved a trip to the markets to buy a selection of horrible old specimens and I took them to the talented Sean O'Donnell to photograph. Which he did, but a week later he sent me an email saying he was not 'feeling it.' He then revealed he had read the poem the title comes from - The Stones by Sylvia Plath - and produced a cover which was his interpretation of it. I was blown away. A dark and evocative cover which completely related to my collection of poetry. So I've given Sean notice. He will always be my go-to person for cover art because his vision is a lot better than mine!
Published 2014-02-20.
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Books by This Author

45 Notes on London
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 29,580. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Harriet Small has just arrived in London. She’s here to write a screenplay with the famous ‘M.D’, based on her book, To the North of Nowhere. Writing this screenplay is a dream for Harry. Almost as much as leaving her home in the impoverished northern suburbs of Adelaide. There’s a lot she’s desperate to get away from. A Novella by giorge thomas
The Vase, Reconstructed
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,130. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Poetry » Australian & Oceanian
Moving and evocative, The Vase, Reconstructed is an accurate portrayal of Giorge Thomas’s evaluation of her darkest days, and moves us forward to her hope for the future.