Interview with Malcolm Brown

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a bit of a do-it-yourselfer as owning your own home provides you with a constant supply of work to do, but being retired it helps to fill the day in along with my gardening hobby which I enjoy immensely. for pleasure I have a cabin cruiser as there is nothing better in relaxing you than a trip down the river stopping at the nearest pub for lunch and refreshments. When I get time I also enjoy walking in the countryside.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes very well, I had a quadruple heart bypass in 1998 where I had to take it easy for a long period to get me over it. Boy, was I bored silly, so one day I sat at my computer trying to pass a little time when I decided I would write a science fiction novel. I have always liked science fiction so I started to plan out a storyline which I somehow found very easy. Six moths later I had my novel and a working title called 'From Beyond Time'. I sent it around a few publishers with little success with nearly all telling me that they only publish 4 science fiction books a year, so into the draw my book went. On watching a documentary some months later concerning children in wheelchairs with various disabilities and the way other children and grown ups looked down on them. It was a little upsetting so I thought I would write a book for children where a disabled child was the hero where he would go on adventures with his best friend who was an able bodied boy. With the aid of a magic stone sent to him by his Uncle exploring the Brazilian Rain Forest which would change his life forever. Sending this around the various publishers it received the same response so into a draw it went to join the first. Nine months ago I rediscovered my children’s book which I had titled 'Four Wheeled Hero' during a clear out of my writing desk, and seeing as times had changed within the publishing world with the onset of ebooks, I sent it out again, but this time to two ebook publishers and two large book publishers. To my surprise all four offered me a contract to publish. I choose the self publishing route and here I am.
What is your writing process?
I think if you are writing children’s books its important to think the way children do. By going back in my memories to the point when I was eight or ten I could still remember what I got up to and the fun we had. I have a keen sense of humour, as my own children will confirm, enjoying my tails of my childhood. My grandchildren are always asking me to tell them stories which I make up as I go along. For writing books you need to lay down a trail with a start and finish so you know where you are going to end, the remainder you make up as you go down the trail adding different trials that you must take on before you get to the end. It sounds hard but once you have put your hero into a sticky position and start to think around that you can really make yourself laugh coming up with details of his escape.
How do you approach cover design?
Cover design was something I had not given much thought to, so I passed it on to a cover designer to come up with it. I told him I did not wish to have a cover covered with to much detail, but I wished it to reflect in the fact that the hero was disabled and in a wheelchair and that a magic stone played a major role throughout the book. I was very happy with the result.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle Fire and as its the only one I have ever used, I suppose that is it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the boot and shoe town of Northampton where my father worked for a company called Crokett & Jones a much respected shoe maker. Growing up in the 1950's not long after the war and things were in short supply, where you made your own toys out of lolly pop sticks and use your imagination to set the screen as a back drop to your play. It was because of this that my memory as a child is so clear and this reflected in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
When recovering from a heart bypass operation in 1998
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As this is my first book its difficult to say as new self publishing authors have to fight to get recognition. Myself I tend to email anyone or any organisation I feel could be interested in my book which has led to a number of sales on Amazon.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Is early days yes but I feel that its the best move I have made. I would like to see my book in the thousands of public libraries in the US and UK for a start.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything,. I wish them to enjoy my book and put themselves into the heroes shoes. I know when I was writing the book I would bust out in laughter just picturing myself in the boy’s position as they followed the clues to the gangs hideout and onto the final battlefield.
Published 2016-02-15.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Four Wheeled Hero
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 16,700. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
This exciting adventure story is for children who love traditional fantasy tales.The story has two young heroes,Tommy and Smithy.Tommy, who is confined to a wheelchair, is sent a magical stone from his Uncle Bill who is on an expedition in the Brazilian Rain Forest.Tommy’s father, who is the manager of the local bank, is kidnapped by robbers. So to the rescue Tommy and Smithy go.