Interview with Kieran Nimmo

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This is a rather comical story as I wrote my first 'real' story (It was a novella) when I was twelve - at which point I had not yet read George Orwell's Nineteen-Eighty-Four. I truly believed I had a fantastic idea in a character called Raymond whom lived under the oppressive eye of a government controlled by capitalism - to cut a long story short - the government led the citizens to believe that all of their toil in this harsh, unforgiving and violently polluted wasteland was for the good of the EU (which had merged into a single country) when in actuality the government existed as a World Government - everyone's government (the government was the embodiment of Capitalism). Atop the societal hierarchy were not the intellectuals or those who truly deserved but in their place faceless greedy inhumans (human but I rather wished they weren't due to their disgusting actions, so I referred to them as inhumans), while the rest of the world suffered, so much so the air was no longer breathable without a respirator they consumed it's labour. He tries to rise up when conscripted into a war than he knows is fictional, even though the fighting is real. He ends up killing himself and I reflect "now Ray was truly free - a brand new sensation and it was great." Tremendously similar ideas (but with capitalism) to Orwell's work!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
iPad as I am never too far away from my emails, Facebook or Twitter.
Describe your desk
Everywhere. I break expectations when it comes to where I actually write. Unlike many writers, I don't have a structured place and time to write, where everything is neat and organised. Writing is chaotic and therefore if one wishes to truly write they must surround themselves with chaos! My favourite place to write is late at night while laying in bed, listening to some smooth jazz. I write at the end of the day as it means that I have collected a further day of experience that I can reflect upon in my writing. Of course I tell you all this and in reality I edit at my desk, ensuring the balance between organisation and chaos is met!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I have two, there as follows:

1. Being able to touch other's lives through the written (or typed!) word.
2. Writing is therapeutic, if you've had a bad day, make your character have a bad day. As a human when I know something is fictional I can happily enjoy the suffering of another, even better, if it was an individual that had ruined my day I can hide them within my story, immortalizing them in word - the best revenge possible!
Who are your favorite authors?
George Orwell, H. G. Wells, Jane Austen, Kate Perry, Aldous Huxley, Stephen Leather and Stephen King. *

* however these are the authors that mainstream publishing and education continually ram down my throat, therefore they become memorable. I prefer to read indie fiction as they are raw content and haven't been continually attacked by editors and/or publishers.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am dedicated to skiing (probably more so than writing), learning (I'm in full time education), watching the world pass usually through the window of a crowded metropolitan Starbucks or reading!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am the Chief Political Editor at a reputable journalism organisation, we have a culture section. As I am acquainted with most - if not all - of the culture writers, whom monitor indie publishing intently, they share the latest best indie reads with me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have been a journalist since early 2012 and it seemed as though the art of word is universal, so it was a natural progression in my opinion. It also allows me to say things (fictional of course) that I couldn't openly say in my current position.
Published 2013-12-22.
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Books by This Author

Silent Dreams
Series: Matt and Sam, I. Price: Free! Words: 7,090. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
When Matt catches sight of beautiful girl from his window he couldn’t have possibly imagined what happened next. Matt desperately scrambles in an attempt to impress Sam, but does he need to or has he already done it? Matt collapses under the seemingly irrational emotions he feels towards Sam. Whenever he so much as sees her, he goes wild. But does Sam feel the same way?