Interview with GM Brown

What are you working on next?
I'm working on a children's edutainment book. I don't like that word much, but the book is about educating children and also giving them some inspiration as well- so edutainment fits the bill I guess. If it goes well of course I hope it will be a series!!
Who are your favorite authors?
I ve been an avid reader of adventure and mystery type fiction since elementary school. The first books I really loved to read The Hardy Boys by Franklin W Dixon and The Three Investigators by Robert Arthur Jr. Devoured them one after another! Then as I got older I progressed through a lot of different authors and stages. But still very much a lover of mystery's and thrillers. I'm one of those people who will try and read everything by one author until I no longer feel the same enthusiasm and then try and find something else. I no longer have a favorite author per se- but if I do like a book, I will seek out another book by that author until I feel time for a change.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The fact that I cant sleep well- so staying in bed seems pointless!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, and my work is usually teaching of one kind of another. I also spend a fair amount of time in the kitchen, at the moment I am in a real pie making phase- mince, steak, lamb, pork. I enjoy watching sport, and the sport I enjoy the most is definitely rugby. When the kids were younger weekends were reserved for them as I was divorced when they were quite young. Now that they are both independent I have a lot more time on my hands so am indulging myself sometimes in the luxuriousness of actually having nothing to do!
What is your writing process?
I have ideas floating around in my head-usually at night when I am not sleeping, and they seem to be the nexus of the stories I come up with. I don't leap out of bed and write these down-and I know I should as I have lost a couple of good ideas I think. Rather when the time and opportunity is there I blast out what I have to get the idea on paper then revisit it over time to finish it. The revisiting takes months and at times years. I guess the best description of my writing process is undisciplined and erratic.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover design has to reflect the content of the book. It is the last thing I do before I publish, and by the time the story is finished- the cover design is firmly in my head. Then its up to my imagination about how I go about creating it. The cover design for "Peace of Mind in the Garden" for example is actually my late Great Aunts backyard in my fathers very small home town on the West Cost of New Zealand. It was such a spectacular day there and the colors of Aotearoa really stood out. I had actually written the story before I took the photo and and when it came time to create the cover, that image came to mind. I was very pleased how the photo turned out, and glad that I could find a good use for it. I don't think my designs are anything specials and I create them all by using photos I have taken and the free software available out there on the internet.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My smartphone. I spend a LOT of time commuting on the trains-on average 2 hours a day, and now that e-books are more readily available, this is a great way to save space and weight in my bag.
Describe your desk
My desk, is also my dining table- so messy and disorganized would definitely be the best description. Right now as I write this, from left to right on my table are-two business card holders, my phone, my glasses, a stapler, TV remote, glasses case, empty coffee cup, pancake syrup, empty glass, glue stick, gloves, and a mat for putting hot dishes on!
Published 2015-03-04.
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Books by This Author

Redacted #823
Price: Free! Words: 590. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Redacted- a modern euphemism for censorship of documents. In this short story, it is not a document that has been redacted-but a person, and this short story is a one page speculative perspective of their experience. Inspiration comes from thinking about where is Edward Snowden now.
Peace of Mind in The Garden
Price: Free! Words: 1,120. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
(3.00 from 2 reviews)
A short story about a man in search of peace and quiet in his life and what he gets is not exactly what he hoped for.
The Plot
Price: Free! Words: 2,630. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Mashups
(2.00 from 1 review)
A short fictional story in which the life of Jesus Christ is depicted as a carefully orchestrated political plot.