Interview with simon goodwin

What are your five favorite books, and why?
Only five? Wow, okay:
Swan Song by Robert R McCammon. this is the best apocalyptic novel I have ever read. A tale of good versus evil after a nuclear war with clear cut, realistic characters that shine for you. This is the Lord of the Rings for the nuclear age
The Shannara series by Terry Brooks (okay, strictly more than 5 books in itself but that's why I am grouping them). Fantasy edged with intrigue and an almost modern day political view. these books are all that a good fantasy should be, aided and abetted by the prequels that bring together the Kinght and the Word series.
Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry> A zombie action adventure that makes the scenario all too possible
Lord of the Rings. Really? You need an explanation?
The Rats by James Herbert. the very first horror book I actually bought and read. Lean, but brilliant.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be honest, in the current market in the United Kingdom if you haven't appeared on the X factor or TOWIE (don't ask) then you haven't got the proverbial cat in hell's chance of getting your book published. Amazon Kindle is the only way forward for many of us
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
when I am in a good mood? Creating characters that I will take forward and build a future for
When I am in a bad mood? Taking a character, giving them a thorough back story, giving them hope for the future, and then finding a particularly nasty and gory way for them to die.
What are you working on next?
Book 2 of the four and the Seven entitled Darkness Beholden.
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Brooks, James Herbert, Thomas Emson, Jonathan Maberry, TW Brown, jon Schafer
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
usually the dogs wanting to be let out to go to the loo
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
reading, walking dogs, watching geeky shows
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just type in a search string and see where it takes me
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not exactly, but it had something to do with Star Wars, killing Lando Calrissian and bringing him back to life in a volcano....
What is your writing process?
turn laptop on, drink coffee, write.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The Hobbit as junior school, brilliant then, brilliant still
Published 2014-02-26.
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