Interview with Texi Smith

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing allows a creative process to occur as I type. Often the story takes twists and turns based upon a whim, and it is unusual to change direction once the story gets a full head of steam. So, the most joy is when I get to read a finished section for the first time which has come to life based only on a general story idea.
What does it mean to you when you see that you book has been downloaded?
There is a strange mixed feeling of happiness that someone has trusted their time to the book, and also anxiety that the book might not be what that person is looking for.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Morpeth, Northumberland. It's not far from Newcastle. It has probably influenced the writing style because everyone takes the mick out of everyone else as a show of affection, and self-deprecation is a way of life.
Describe your desk
I tend to hot desk. I might be tapping away on the train if I get a seat. Then sitting at the kitchen bench, or reclining in front of the TV. Often though, I'll be at my desk, typing away when I could be doing work at night. The desk is huge, my Dad made it, but it becomes a dumping ground for anything that hasn't got a home in a cupboard. Yes, it's a mess.
Who are your favorite authors?
I've got a penchant for Christopher Brookmyre - there's something about his writing style that resonates with me, although sometimes he goes totally off-course and tries the shock factor.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote this book over a few years. I started then stopped for six months, then got really into it and got about 75% through before leaving it again for about a year before spending six months gradually putting the final manuscript together. The motivation came from having tried the traditional method of contacting publishers and agents. Ain't nobody got time for that.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm a total novice, but I used Canva. The template designs look so professional, I probably made the template look less professional by dumbing the colours down. I'll see if I can get a new one when I get time.
What are you working on next?
The next novel is an entertaining twist on a serious story, returning to our hero as he enters the next part of his career.
Published 2017-03-07.
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