Interview with Karl Beecher

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a town built from coal and steel in England's industrial north. However, I don't think those surroundings influenced my writing as much as the house I grew up in did. As a child, I was always encouraged to learn about the world around me and deep discussions were always there to be had. My family were quite happy that I spent most of my time with my nose pressed against either the pages of a book or the glass of a computer monitor.

As a result, I'm an avid reader of non-fiction and I love to learn continuously about the world around me.
When did you first start writing?
In a sense, I've written for as long as I can remember. As a small child, I filled notepads with stories, sketches, comics, you name it.

My first professional writing was for a magazine called Linux User and Developer in 2012. I wrote several features for them before writing my first book, "Brown Dogs and Barbers: What's Computer Science All About?"
What is your writing process?
I'm a 'top-down' writer: start with the big themes, come up with a basic structure and then progressively break that down into chapters, then sections (maybe even individual paragraphs).

I'm also a fan of the 'vomit draft': get the first one out no matter what, don't look back and don't start revising until it is completed. That first version will be riddled with problems, but I find it far easier to produce results that way than to struggle getting a first draft really good.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My infant daughter's cries usually.
Describe your desk
I would if I could see it. Unfortunately it's covered in pens, papers, books, notepads, and coffee cups. And, randomly, a miniature light sabre.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
For me, it's almost no different from discovering print books. Recommendations from friends or people on Twitter, browsing online outlets, looking for a particular author, etc.

One thing I find ebooks particularly good for is getting old classics that are out of copyright (Project Gutenburg is a good resource for this).
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Amazon Kindle.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a dad, reading (essential to being a writer), playing golf or pool, teaching myself the piano, working on some kind of computer project, improving my new house.
Published 2016-06-01.
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Books by This Author

Brown Dogs and Barbers
Price: $9.33 USD. Words: 55,280. Language: English. Published: September 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Computer science
Brown Dogs and Barbers is a story about computer science. Join me on a journey through the story of computing, discover just what makes the machines tick, learn why computers work the way they do and meet the cast of characters responsible for it all.