Interview with Andrew Turner

Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite author is Kurt Vonnegut Jr; simply because I enjoy reading unique voices, stories that don't feel overly polished, an author who is telling a story not constructing one.

Breakfast of Champions blew my mind. The idea of "the Author" spying on his own creation then entering it. Less breaking the fourth wall more demolishing it. I'm sure it was a very well planned out novel but it seems as though the events within it were unfolding as you turn each page.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The catalyst for British Winters came from me wanting to make a film that was set around winter. I love the visual beauty of the season; the glittering frost on the grass, the normally invisible cobwebs now appearing all over bushes like giant snowflakes and the winter fashions of wooly jumpers, bobble hats and scarfs. My only story thoughts, before writing it, were - a secular Christmas play and a grumpy protagonist.

To be honest my first thoughts were that the story would be a social commentary on how bizarre the Christmas festivities are but as I wrote I found myself more compelled to explore Noel's denial and misconceptions.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was for my English class; we had to write a horror fairytale. I chose 'Snow White and the Seven Werewolves'.

The story, as I'm sure you have guessed, revolves around the events of Snow White returning home to find her new dwarven friends have all turned into doggies and are a bit bitey. It ends with Snow White blowing Doc's furry face off with a shotgun, "Grooovvvy."

I have no idea where it is now but I got a B grade despite it being an untidy dyslexic mess.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm guessing "the alarm" isn't a respectable answer.

I recently started working for a great charity/social enterprise called Tape Community Film and Music and that has really changed my life and definitely inspired me to get out of bed in the morning.

We work with a vast array of people from young people with behavioural problems (anti-social, low confidence) through to people with learning disabilities, mental and physical impairments. Through the medium of media we help boost skills such as communication, confidence, teamwork, planning and time management. It's an awesome (in that it inspires awe) organisation.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working at the aforementioned Tape Community Film and Music. But in my down time I spend every moment I can soaking up one form of storytelling or another. I'm no story snob, I don't care what form it takes if it's good, it's good. For those of you who believe comics are no match for a traditional novel I say try reading Alan Moores, 'From Hell' which is dripping with literary prowess or Art Speilman's 'Maus' which won a Pulitzer Prize. For those of you who believe TV rots your brain let me say 'Deadwood' (my personal favourite) has been referred to as Shakespearian more than once. And for those who would say video game are for kids let me say 'The Last of Us' is a game that can go toe to toe with most other media when it comes to storytelling, it hooks you in with great characters nail-biting action and drama that gave all my emotions a good ol' workout.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I would have loved to have gone the traditional route in the sense of having professional help with the things I'm really bad at (i.e self-promotion) and it would have been nice to see British Winters in hardback however, I realised that the main reason for writing the book was for people to read it.

Self publishing allowed me to make my book free to the masses and that's what I wanted.
Describe your desk
I have a big old wooden desk; the kind you'd see in a headmaster's office in the mid 70's. It's clustered with things that have nothing to do with writing or even help during the process. It's full of scuffs, scratches and coffee(tea) rings and I love the bloody thing.
What is your writing process?
I'm a stream of consciousness writer, I need the story to pour out of my mind and onto the page.

Then (to continue the water metaphor) I go back and put in dams, weirs and locks weaving the story back on itself and then through a dark wooded area of melancholy and then onto a reservoir of conclusion. Or I bang it out then do re-writes.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The honest answer is writing a cool or clever sentence. That moment when you write something and then read it back to yourself and say, "that really works" it's a real buzz.

I also love how, in an overly complicated world, a few words can make the reader have a whole range of emotions. That in a time where gadgets and novelty rein supreme that true enjoyment can still be found in someone telling a good ol' fashion yarn.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't know about fans but I treasure anyone who enjoyed my book. That's why I wrote it - to tell a story and have people connect with it. The idea of creating something out nothing and having others respond to it is a truly remarkable feeling.
What are you working on next?
Right now I'm working on the script for British Winters with the plan of it being filmed at the end of 2014.
Published 2014-01-02.
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Books by This Author

British Winters
Price: Free! Words: 80,590. Language: British English. Published: February 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Noel Winters is lonely this Christmas. Lonely, despite being overcrowded by friends and family, which he would prefer to label as associates. This is a tale of a lazy procrastinating youth who is no longer young enough to pull that lifestyle off. Disillusioned with himself as much as the outside world, he draws inspiration from his younger adopted sister, Hannah.