When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly nowadays it's spent walking and in conversation, the days of intensity are behind me now I think and I am looking forward to spending my remaining days building castles in the sky and talking to interesting people about how the world needs to change.
Coffee and Cake is always welcome. Whether in a coffee shop locally or sitting in a kitchen with pleasant company.
I like cake
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My reading may seem a little chaotic to many people. As a publisher and ghost writer I spend a lot of time reading for business but my pleasure reading isn't much different. Terry Pratchett, Patrick O'Brian and Bernard Cornwell for relaxation (amongst many others) or a good politics read also works, philosophy (that's how I got to modernise Confucius) or Political Greats (Mao Tse Tung)
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, but I don't talk about it!
What is your writing process?
Usually I spend a few days procrastinating, then I mind map liberally and then finally I write something that almost exactly completely fails to match what I intended (sometimes even a different subject) with my re-published books - I am a bit more systematic though.
For my own stuff I free wheel most of the book in a couple of sittings but then take an age to edit it into shape - I then share with my best mate - who usually shreds it and then I edit again before moving into the formal book publishing process
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story, I do however, have a recollection of the first book to move me intelectually - it was small is beautiful, economics as if people mattered by Schumacker. And the first fiction book that I remember making an impact was the Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner and Animal Farm.
I do find dystopian fiction a really
How do you approach cover design?
I outsource it and accept others opinions - though I am not consistent!
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