Interview with Michael Hadfield

Who are your favorite authors?
In non-fiction I enjoy Esther & Jerry Hicks, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer and others who write about the magic of living and how our minds are not separated from our physical experiences.

For a little light reading I love Jean M Auel - her stories abut the emergence of homo sapiens around the end of the last ice age are so filled with glorious detail, passion and realism. I also enjoy pretty much any good adventure stories with my favourites being Clive Cussler and Wilbur Smith - especially his series starring Taita the ancient Egyptian magician/polymath.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The clock
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I do a lot of photography, in fact I've written a couple of photography books. I also like to walk and be out in the real world away from noise and people.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I rarely read ebooks. Strange since I write them. But I much prefer to have a paper book in my hands. I find it more satisfying. I know how far I have to go to the end without even thinking about it. It's easier on my eyes and I don't have to worry about dropping it since my e-reader is an iPad one which is not the easiest thing to hold comfortably while sprawling in my favourite comfy armchair.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't remember the first story I ever wrote but I remember the first one that was published. I was eleven and a nativity story I had written as homework was included in the school magazine.
What is your writing process?
I write non-fiction mostly about stuff I already know. I first decide what the book is going to be about, then I create a chapter list, then I get to work. When I need to flesh out my knowledge with specifics, research data and the like I either use my library (very hit and miss because it depends on my memory) or Google. When I'm working on a book my goal is 1000 words a day, though that occasionally hits 2000 or 3000. So I don't spend all day writing. If I'm in the mood for creating a blog article that takes me a couple of hours. My self-help books usually have MP3 downloads to accompany them so I also have to work on relevant scripts and organise and edit the recordings.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Again I have no idea about the first, but the there are two that stick in my mind. I was around 9 and we got to choose and read a book from the school library, but we couldn't take it home so it was just an hour of reading. I remember it was Alice in Wonderland and I never finished it. The school holidays came along and the timetable changed. Looking back at that and what I write about (hypnosis/self-help/Law of Attraction...) it must be the magical aspect of it that drew me in. Maybe even an awareness at that young age that life was not quite what it seemed.
How do you approach cover design?
With difficulty. I design my own covers, read all the stuff on how, unless you are a graphic designer, you should never do it yourself, and then do it anyway. My biggest problem with cover design is finding a suitable illustration. The first book cover I did I found the photograph I'd bought on the cover of a similar ebook - though I think my cover was better :) Mostly I look at the competition for ideas and to see if there are any themes (like colours) that I need to emulate. Then I just go into Photoshop and plug away until I've got something I like the look of.
Describe your desk
My desk has a big monitor (for photoeditiing); a desktop PC that I built myself; a scanner that is rarely used; an in-tray with a pile of stuff that I never look at unless I can't find something I need; a printer; my reading glasses; my diary opened to show the current week; and a fair bit of clutter which is mostly notes I've made while watching webinars and training videos. I rarely look at the notes but knowing they are there is comforting :)
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing about 20 years ago when I signed up for a mail-order writing course. Through that I had a magazine article published in a gardening magazine. I subsequently became a regular contributor to that magazine (a real paper magazine available in local newsagents) and ended up writing for them for around 5 years. I also discovered that I was rubbish at writing fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The ease of getting a book out in the marketplace without having to satisfy anyone but the reader.
Published 2014-07-23.
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