This could go on forever so let me list who I'm reading now. China Mieville, Neil Stephenson, William Gibson, Iain Banks (with and without the M) - such a sad loss.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read was Heidi and i don't remember it at all. I didn't really get the reading bug until I was about 14 when I went crazy over James Bond.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Actually, there's not much joy in writing but there's heaps of joy in reading what I've written - especially if it's good.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing in one form or another all my working life. Mostly comments on exam papers, discussion papers, business-type letters, reports and so on. On reflection, I tried to be careful with my word choice - even though there was very little creativity involved, I was still a perfectionist. Six months ago a friend of mine, Mark, was round at the house and he started talking about his own lyric writing. I probably said something like "I'll write a book, one day" when i get round to it and he said well go on then start now! That was too big a mountain to climb straight away but I did have a go at a short poem about my little boy, Toby. I showed it to Mark a few days later and he really loved it and kept asking me to write more. I owe him a beer.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My son has to go to school so he gets me up. I don't get up at the weekends.
What is your writing process?
I believe that the ideas are already in there, in my head, I mean. The hardest job is looking for the key to unlock them. Once I find the flow, it's not finding the ideas that's a problem, it's writing the ideas down quickly before I forget them. My best poems seem to write themselves, I just edit them - which is probably the most important part of the process.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There came a point where I really started to believe in myself and knew that I cared more about my writing than anyone else ever could. So rather then try to jump on a roundabout that someone else controlled, I decided to spin my own.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I'm on a few email lists. The problem is, I want to buy everything I see so I have to cover my eyes when searching the net or I'd have no money for food.
What are you working on next?
My intention has always been to write a novel. Poetry and plays were a way of getting the hours in. I'll have a book out next year.
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