Interview with James Erith

Published 2015-11-11.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to play football and cricket - sports in general - with my kids. Often, I'll take Rollo, our wonderful long haired Dachtshund for a walk to the woods. For a dog with such short legs, he's surprisingly determined.
I'm currently building a swimming pond - or organic pool - which is terrifically exciting.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was awful.
Everyone died right at the beginning and, as I couldn't remember what the point of it was, I threw it away.
What is your writing process?
I like to get my draft down in big chunks, so my mind is entirely captivated in 'that' place where there are no distractions. The story flows better that way, too. After that, it's cutting and editing. Endlessly. You really do have to be quite bonkers to do this.
After that I need time away from my MS. On return, with fresh eyes, the genius parts are often ghastly, which is always a bit of a blow.
Then back to the editing...
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I loved Treasure Island, Narnia and Huckleberry Finn and would spend hours with my brother imagining that we had been abandoned in strange lands and would have to survive on nothing but our wits. We built camps and fortresses and tried (unsuccessfully) to snare wild animals with ridiculous home-made bows and arrows.
Now, when I'm writing, I get that wonderful drifty feeling that I did then - of the imagination taking over - and become enthralled with my very own adventure.
How do you approach cover design?
I hire and trust. I have a great old friend who is simply fabulous at the art side of it and we work through the ideas. I love the hints and atmosphere he brings. It's clever stuff.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Recently, I loved the Hunger Games and Life of Pi. Good ideas, well executed and nicely thought provoking. One of my favourite books as a child was The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis. Why? Well because the children are so real and the event of morphing to another world is so skilfully and subtly executed. It makes the magic believable.
There was also was an old book called the Children of Cherry Tree Farm, which my Grandmother read to us when we had the measles. I thought it was amazing but in retrospect, I think it may have been because my Granny was such a marvellous reader was a beautiful, classic English voice.
In my twenties I was captivated by a book called The Dice Man, by Luke Reinhart. I'm not sure if I'd love it quite as much now, but the idea of basing life decision on the roll of a dice was not only hilarious but shocking and alien. It put me off gambling for ever.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oh yes! When I'm not so busy, I read in good long bursts, for maximum impact.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle - the older one. I love it but could do with a light! Must upgrade.
When did you first start writing?
I started the original Eden Chronicles nearly years ago! (WOW) The whole story was outlined in a manic period of about six months. Book three is just over halfway through.
My wife is absolutely sick of it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's the continuation of The Power and The Fury. It hasn't got a name yet but it's feeling really good. Plenty of drama. I can't wait to get back to it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Initially, frustration.
EDEN CHRONICLES sat in two big publishing houses for six months. I was close to a traditional deal, but every time I couldn't quite break through. Eventually, I thought I might as well do it myself. I couldn't sit around forever doing this and hell, if they liked it, (which they really did) then others would, eventually.
I started hearing a lot of indie noise and after delving deeper, I discovered a whole new publishing world with a big rocket going off under its bottom.
EDEN CHRONICLES is turning out to be a terrific series and maybe one of the big pub's will come back and take it to even greater places.
In the meantime, though, I'm having a lot of fun and learning about a whole new way of doing things.
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Books by This Author

Power and Fury
Series: Eden Chronicles, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 78,770. Language: British English. Published: November 17, 2013 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Daisy, Archie, and Isabella tumble into an extraordinary quest. To find the source of life itself, the Garden of Eden. But a primeval force stands in their way and it seeks revenge from events from a long time ago. Now, the children of our present must conquer the evils of the past to save our future. To save us, first they must survive.