Interview with Paul Michael Dubal

When did you first start writing?
I first began writing as a ten year old. I was a voracious reader of science fiction and I loved the concept of faraway worlds and fantastic adventures. I drafted lots of plots that never got used and kept them hidden in a cupboard because I was scared my brothers would laugh at me. My first story was a handwritten short story loosely based on Bowie's Space Oddity. I really wish I had kept it!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
There are more opportunities than ever for an author to self publish. It is inexpensive and the opportunity to reach and connect with your readers has never been greater with the advent of social media, if you are prepared to put yourself out there! It is an exciting and intrinsically more rewarding path and the beauty of e-books is that they never go out of print. My strongest advice for any indie author however is make sure your book is properly edited and professionally formatted. My aim was for my book to be as professional and impressive looking as a product by any established publisher and I am glad to say I have achieved that.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The germ of my latest book The Dictator of Britain came about when I looked at the economic gloom and social unrest in 21st century Britain and it led me to question where the country is headed - it was not a happy path and so many people seemed to complain about the influx of immigrants and how they failed to integrate. This feeling was perpetuated by the right wing media and there has been a marked rise in right wing sentiment and fascist groups. I thought what if this went to its extremes? What right does the UK have to always be a democracy? What if someone came in promising reform and a return to the Great Britain of old? I projected 10 years into the future to creates a dystopian but plausible scenario of a country on the brink, which rapidly falls into a right wing dictatorship.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am still waiting to achieve critical mass so Smashwords has not made me a fortune! That's OK because Smashwords is a terrific forum for authors to get their work out on a global platform and because they publish the ebook on all formats and distribute widely and on a global basis, they have opened up huge markets for me. It is up to me to promote my books, but Smashwords is the best forum for e-book authors and my website has Smashwords up front and the main entry point for people wishing to buy or browse my books
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love writing, period. I love the intellectual process of creating interesting scenarios, interwoven plots and strong characters that people can identify with. My favorite part is definitely writing action scenes so you will find a lot of action in my books. In fact many people have particularly mentioned that Crimes Against Humanity would translate perfectly to the big screen. Seeing my book on screen would be a huge buzz I have to admit. The other thing I love about writing is the research - my books rely heavily on real situations and they are deeply researched - I develop the story by putting a creative spin but always aim to make my books as realistic and plausible as possible.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything. An author lives or dies by his audience! The biggest buzz for me as a writer is when people tell me how much they have enjoyed reading the book. That to me makes all of the investment in time and intellectual effort worth it to create something unique that has inspired or moved people. I love connecting with my fans where the opportunity presents itself and always welcome them to contact me. In fact my website has a contact page at http://paulmichaeldubal.com/get-in-touch.html
and I am always happy to connect with fans. Without them there is no me the author!
What are you working on next?
I am working on Part two of The Dictator of Britain. In Book One the Rise to Power, the Prime Minister Lawrence Pelham has taken strict control of the country. The next book explores life under a dictatorship and the horrific consequences of abuse of power. I promise that when it comes out it will have you on the edge of your seat!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually go to Smashwords! The beauty is that there are so many different titles added every day. I have to confess that since I got into writing as a serious art, I have less time to read books now. Perhaps I need to get really famous and give up the day job!
What is your writing process?
I am not a person that can write for long periods at a time and my demanding work and family life makes time at a premium. However, the plots and characters are constantly in my mind so when I get time (often on the commute home!) I will take the opportunity to write a few paragraphs and it's amazing how it adds up! I view my novels as a film running inside my head and as I observe that film I write what i see. The visual aspect of writing helps me to keep it realistic and exciting.
How do you approach cover design?
I see the book cover as the single most important marketing tool to attract a reader. If they like the cover they may pick it up to look further. Both my books published so far have very moody scenes. Crimes Against Humanity has a shot of a late afternoon Toronto skyline and creates stunning imagery, and is actually a scene from the book as Marisa enters the city from Montreal where she has been imprisoned. The Dictator of Britain has an almost surreal shot of the London House of Parliament. There are heavy grey clouds and that was designed to signify that there are storms ahead for the country.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love to read many authors. One of my favourite is Richard North Patterson. His plots and characters are superb and his books are clearly extensive in their research. That is a style that I love to emulate.
Published 2013-12-24.
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Books by This Author

The Dictator of Britain Book Three: The End of Days
Series: Dictator of Britain. Price: Free! Words: 121,490. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Book Three is the explosive finale to the compelling Dictator of Britain trilogy. With Britain in chaos and Prime Minister Pelham 's brutal dictatorship under increasing pressure, the United Nations is forced to intervene. Pelham will stop at nothing to cling to power. Having survived another assassination attempt, he decides to strike back, putting all of Europe under threat.
The Dictator of Britain Book Two: The Dirty War
Series: Dictator of Britain. Price: Free! Words: 130,510. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Book Two of the Dictator of Britain continues the theme of a country held under the iron grip of an oppressive and tyrannical dictatorship. In a high octane mixture of thrills and action, Harry Clarke is at the epicentre of a new and covert war against the nation's brutal leadership, the voice of the underground resistance as the UK slides into anarchy and brutality.
Crimes Against Humanity
Price: Free! Words: 133,230. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
Crimes Against Humanity is a compelling tale of human trafficking in Canada that strikes at the shocking heart of the trade in slavery and misery just below the surface of civilized society. Its strong characters provide an insight into the victims and the perpetrators of this predatory activity and its thrilling plot will leave you breathless.
The Dictator of Britain Book One - The Rise to Power
Series: Dictator of Britain. Price: Free! Words: 115,270. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A nation is on the brink…..but its about to get worse…. Much worse.... Britain has been a bastion of democracy for as long as anyone can remember. But could democracy in Britain be swept away in the blink of an eye? This compelling novel of a dystopian Britain in the near future explores that very concept.