Interview with Joey Beret

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
"Life is an occasion - rise to it". i love that quote, it stops me being lazy and inspires me to make the most of my time, which does often involve sleeping, but more often than not i manage to find a bit more to it than that!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full time job which requires close relationships with my clients and would possibly be affected if they read my books, so i can't say what it is, though it is just a normal job. I take every opportunity to spend time with my family and to support and encourage them, maybe in a way that i feel was missing from my earlier life.............
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, i remember the first prize winning story anyway. It was when i was in infant school and it was about graffitiying on some new wallpaper. I received fifty pence worth of book tokens which came in a presentation card showing the newly opened seven bridge (first crossing!)
How do you approach cover design?
Title must be easily read. Colour tones inviting. Some mystery in the imagery, and the whole thing is done in complete oblivion to what is the style of the time. i would however be quite happy for somebody to put their own interpretation of my work into a cover, i like the idea of my work meaning different things to different people.
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly fiction - i just like reading things which i regard as being well-written. Skillful use of language and clever craftsmanship are what excites me.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love this topic, though i don't have any surprises: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Milan Kundera, Gunter grass, Dostoevsky and recently John Williams. Yukio Mishima used to be there, but i haven't read any of his stuff for a long time, so don't know if it would still do it for me...........
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Middle aged man lists time!
One Hundred Years of Solitude - you can feel the heat rising from the pages.
Tin Drum - the whole thing is so pent up and confined until you get the most amazing two pages of writing where everything is explained.
Immortality - i just love the pace of Kundera's writing
Stoner - John Williams is the master of character development
Jonathan Livingstone Seagull - started me on grown-up reading when i was about nine or ten years old
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Wales (mainly South Wales). It is such a claustrophobic place to live: all these little communities who can only look backwards and inwards. There is an unexplainable joy taken from being repressed and a refusal to move on and embrace a new world. I find this whole attitude to be most stifling and i think some of my work is a kick out against it and a hope that i might some how be able to drag my nation along with me.
When did you first start writing?
I guess my fiction writing started in my early thirties when i used to be working away from home for prolonged periods of time. I dragged an old Amstrad word processor (complete with monitor and printer) around the country and wrote whenever i could - i still have original drafts on floppy disc!
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book, soon to be published on this site is The United Colony of Bennettown. It's basically about how different communities cope when oil finally runs out. It really gets you thinking when you write something like this, because inevitably different communities will respond in different ways and i had to try and put myself in their shoes to see what they would do in such a situation. Of course i could be way wrong and there might be a more global response, but until it happens this book might get you looking at your neighbour in a slightly different way.
Published 2014-06-12.
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Books by This Author

Getting Drunk With Jesus
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 27,470. Language: British English. Published: June 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Cultural & ethnic themes » Cultural interest, general
If Tommy Jones met Jesus drinking in a bar, who would have the greatest stories? In this book Tommy tells his story to Jesus and to us: some of us recognise the story, some of us pretend we don't. Jesus listened and added to this, the oldest story. Read it and discover how much you already know, you might even want to add a line or two - Jesus did, but only after the second bottle.