Interview with Nick Jago

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I quite like to express myself by using language that creates humour. As a child I loved Roald Dahl, especially his Revolting Rhymes, which were so intelligent in their perversion of rhyming couplets. My writing started out as match reports for my football team, taking the piss out of my team mates and the opposition, trying to think of amusing metaphors and analogies for each game. I hope that my writing can bring a smile to the face of the reader.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest (and only) book is set in the time period when I went travelling. It covers all the cliches and standard travelling mantra. It also happened in 2003, so I was a much younger, more naive version of myself, with far more capacity to make mistakes and poor choices without suffering drastically from the consequences. It was one of the best years of my life, and it has genuinely shaped my world since. I want to be able to look back on the events in future, and realised that if I committed it in writing, it would always be there to return to.
What are you working on next?
Oh crumbs, nothing to do with books. House renovations are next on the agenda. If I can find some time, I'd love to try a book for children, and I absolutely love reading anything by Julia Donaldson to my kids, her work is so neatly rounded and constructed. The key will be finding a subject that is engaging and fresh. Imagination will be really important for this.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Ben Elton, his books are so hilarious, well crafted and stinging - his take on modern society is spot on. I also have a soft spot for David Baldacci, his books move at a breakneck speed and are so easy to consume.
What is your writing process?
For my first full book, it was a long drawn out affair, only contributing when I was in the mood to write. That's why it took over a decade. I did try to compress the time it took, and found myself writing absolute drivel, so I relaxed and realised that I was mainly writing for my own enjoyment.
How do you approach cover design?
I immediately ask my friend Wendy Wang to help me. She is a creative guru who has an uncanny ability to translate words and thoughts into an image. After I spoke with her about Furry Tongue, she took one week to produce about a dozen different ideas, each of which was (in my opinion) brilliant. It was a tough task to narrow it down, so I just went with the one I personally liked best. Interestingly, the 'fuzz' on the tongue that features on the cover is an extract from a custard tart!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time and have two young kids, which sees a good chunk of my time taken up without even trying. I also play football (soccer) at a fairly reasonable level, and enjoy a cheeky bit of PS4 when I can fit it in.
What do you read for pleasure?
Something funny or trashy action / adventure is my preferred stuff. Some sports biographies as well, though there are a bunch of absolute duds out there (said the man ready to launch his stones in the house made from glass).
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I hope Facebook will be a good start - I can't imagine that my book will appeal to a wide audience, so let's start with those who know me and work from there. My style is very colloquial and familiar - so if you know me and how I speak, it will probably resonate more than for a stranger.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No-one was willing to publish my book on their own coin. I did once approach a publisher for a work related book (Project Management), and they reviewed what I considered to be a fantastic piece of writing in the PM professional world. They rejected it and smashed my heart into a thousand pieces, so I just did this one on my own with no problems or objections from a third party!
What do your fans mean to you?
Generally my fans mean that it is summer time and our house it too hot. I don't have any fans that are not powered by electricity at the moment.
Published 2017-11-12.
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Books by This Author

Furry Tongue
Price: Free! Words: 74,330. Language: British English. Published: November 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Nonfiction » Travel » Travel - Reference
(5.00 from 1 review)
Furry Tongue is the mostly true story of two young men travelling around the world in 2003. It's neither tasteful nor articulate, and it's certainly not something that I'll proudly be directing my children towards when they are old enough to read. But I tell you what - we gave the world a good lick, immortalised forever in words that some critics are referring to as 'nearly a book'.