Interview with Jim McCool

What is your e-reading device of choice?
I usually read on my phone - less usually on my laptop. I use my phone simply because it's handy and because it's always with me. And as screen quality is getting better over time, it's becoming a more enjoyable experience.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm not that into marketing... However, when I get picked up - for instance by the Pogues facebook page - that REALLY kicks things off. And I use Twitter quite a lot.
Describe your desk
Er, kitchen table, spare table upstairs, or more usually my knees on the bus - as I write as I travel. And I commute and travel a lot.. So that's important.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northern Ireland, and although I left when I was only 18, I have kept my accent (so I'm told) and the experience of growing in a region which was 'at war' has certainly influenced me. I've always detested violence and view politicians with a a great deal of suspicion. Just why is it, exactly, that they try and get people to kill one another?
When did you first start writing?
I started writing poetry in primary school, kept a journal for many years, and have written stories and non-fiction pieces as long as I can remember. It's a compulsion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm currently writing stories about Australia - about the effects of our way of life on the environment. And it's not bad guys versus good guys. We're all involved, to a greater or lesser extent. The landscape of Australia is very beautiful, but also very delicate - and we need to be aware of the consequences of our actions, whether that's just trying to earn a living, or adopting a particular ideology.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I can't help writing. I've just got to get it out, somehow.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has given me a platform and I'm grateful for that. It's well designed and seems to be a relatively effective distribution medium.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Just seeing the words on the page, coming to life. Second or third drafts are good, when you know You've really got something.
What do your fans mean to you?
I haven't got any, so they don't mean anything.
What are you working on next?
Short stories on Australia - The Industrialization of the Australian Landscape.
Who are your favorite authors?
William S. Burroughs, Raymond Carver, Philip K. Dick, Jim Thompson, J.G. Ballard, Allan Moore.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The sunrise.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
At work, at home, trying to make a living.
Published 2016-10-21.
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Books by This Author

Goodbye To Pittwater - Short Stories From The Northern Beaches
Price: Free! Words: 8,190. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
These stories were written for Australia's Berkelouw Books Pittwater Short Story Award between 2011 and 2016. This collection includes the 2014 winner, 'The Hole Thing' and three other stories which were either short-listed or commended. Following the contest rules, each of the stories is recognizably based in Sydney's Pittwater region, including the city's famous Northern Beaches.
Life Before Death
Price: Free! Words: 9,960. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Literature » Literary
Features foreword by SHANE MACGOWAN of the POGUES. Beat / alt-lit short story collection. Set in shady pubs, squats and flats in London's Camden Town and Brixton. Originally published in fanzine style in 1994, with some of the stories picked up and republished by the Irish Post.
I Believe In The Man In The Sky
Price: Free! Words: 74,280. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Not your ordinary, limp, fan fiction. I BELIEVE IN THE MAN IN THE SKY channels Johnny Cash, 2000AD, William S. Burroughs, Phillip K. Dick, Elvis, J.G. Ballard and The Louvin Brothers in a slaughter house classic of hillbilly ravings and personal redemption.