Interview with Jamie Bowlby-Whiting

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I remember loving a story about pirates when I was very young. Because of this story, I always wanted to be a pirate and last year I finally built a raft from recycled materials and labelled myself as A Pirate of the Danube. I floated down the Danube for a few hundred kilometres until I was arrested by the police in Budapest. Stories certainly have a lasting impact.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The thought of living a memorable day. Every morning when you wake up, the world is full of opportunity and all you have to do is put yourself out there and make the day worth living.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being outside makes me feel at ease, especially when I get my blood pumping. This could be because of beautiful scenery, physical activity, or doing anything that pushes you to the edge.
What are your five favorite books?
His Dark Materials (a trilogy) by Philip Pullman
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Life of Pi by Yann Martel
If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor
Pretty much anything from Haruki Murakami
Describe your desk
Desk?! A cafe, a friend's floor, the hallway of a shopping mall... as a semi-nomad, anywhere I find space works for me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this affect you?
I grew up in rural England, attending a school of less than fifty students, playing outside until the sun went down every evening. Because of this, I appreciate small things in life and try to focus on the amazing things things around us that we fail to miss everyday. Cities still make my head spin.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The desire to share, but to do it in an independent way by not having to conform to the rules of others. I can see many benefits of mainstream publishing, but I have never attempted to move in that direction.
Published 2014-04-16.
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Books by This Author

The Avant-Garde Life
Price: Free! Words: 26,300. Language: British English. Published: April 15, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation & inspiration, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Anxieties & Phobias
Have you ever felt like quitting your job and living your life exactly how you want to live it, but never quite had the guts to do so? If yes, this might just be this book for you. This is everything that your parents told you not do: disregarding society in a quest for sustainable adventure. It is written for dreamers, to give them a solid kick up the bottom.