Interview with Mick Wright

When did you first start writing?
I must have been about 12 or 13. I started writing a novel about an offshore pirate radio station which was being used as a base for an international spy ring. My late mother found the pencil written manuscript some years ago and sent it to me shortly before she died. She thought it was pretty good. It's ironic that I went on to work at radio stations for many years.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was an attempt to write the uneditable book. Prior to The Rude Adventures Of Brenda Smith I had written a full length crime novel which I almost got published by a major publisher - but not quite! It had taken me over a year of research and a similar amount of time to write. I suffered from a problem that I suspect most writers struggle with. Whenever I wrote, I wrote quickly and from the heart. Later I would look back at what I had written and start to edit it. I still think that was a big mistake because every time I changed something it diluted the passion of the original version. With Brenda I intentionally used as few words as possible to create short, sharp sentences that contained nothing that could be edited out. I still think it works and it makes for a very fast read. And although it is a raunchy comedy I also wanted to make it balanced between the sexes. The boys talk lustfully about the girls and the girls talk equally lustfully about the boys. I was also determined from the start to use as little bad language as possible. Although one major published said:- 'This is very funny indeed - spontaneous and earthy. A riot in fact' there is only one use of the 'F' word in the entire book - and that comes from one of the girls, not the boys!.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Little boys never grow up. They just get older and look different from the outside. Inside their minds they are still climbing trees.
What are you working on next?
I'd like to write more adventures with Brenda and Mary. I like writing comedy and it allows me to be outrageous!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Lack of money.
Describe your desk
If a cluttered and untidy desk is a sign of genius I must be Albert Einstein reincarnated.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Frustration. Like many aspiring authors I have enough rejection letters to paper the walls. I did get very close to a publishing deal with a major publisher for one of my novels - but it still never happened. At that point I gave up trying. Then I discovered Smashwords and decided to publish Brenda online rather than leave it languishing in a drawer collecting dust.
Published 2013-11-10.
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Books by This Author

The Rude Adventures Of Brenda Smith
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 47,230. Language: English. Published: July 28, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Brenda Smith is a bored housewife looking to put some fun back into her life. Her best friend Mary suggests that they try the contacts pages of their local newspaper... with hilarious results.