Interview with Ian Atkinson

Published 2018-11-29.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wrote a memoir entitled 32 Years Man & Buoy charting my service in the Royal Navy. After it was published, my editor suggested writing a novel, as he put it, 'You have a way of telling a story'
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Probably my mother. I created a web site detailing my career in the Royal Navy and my mum said, 'There's a book here, why don't you write about it?'
So I did.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to tell a story and not exactly knowing where the story is taking me. I have often told my frineds, that the book is writing itself.
What do your fans mean to you?
Reviews are everything. It is nice to be appreciated, but also to receive honest critical feedback to enable me to improve.
What are you working on next?
Hmmmm, not sure. There is scope in my current novel, Back in Action for a couple of the characters to have more adventures. I will see how the book is regarded by the readers. This may spur me on to write more.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are many. I enjoy Tom Clancy, Clive Cussler's early work but I also read a lot of militry non-fiction
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life and surviving another night. I love life, rise early and go to bed late.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Amateur dramatics, watching football, dining and socialising with friends and DIY
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Amazon usually or through my Kindle, but I have only recently discovered Smashwords
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was an unpublished account of a visit to The Lake District.
My first published work was 32 Years man & Buoy
What is your writing process?
Spend a lot of time thinking about the plot, then bullet point the timeline before fleshing it out. My writing often takes me in unexpected directions, but that's what I love about it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not really no, it was obviously at school and I wasn't much of a reader then. Maybe the Enid Blyton novels about the Famous Five
How do you approach cover design?
Try to portray a colourful and dramatic scene from the narrative
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Silent Deep - Very well researched naval non-fiction
The Hunt for Red October - It was ground breaking and gripping
The Flight of the Intruder - An all action flight novel
The Hobbit - Read late in life, but thoroughly absorbing
What do you read for pleasure?
Military history and spy thrillers
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Amazon and KDP to date, though I am exploring Smashwords
Describe your desk
Large and on two levels. A desktop PC with two screens, messy, drinks coasters and a printer to hand
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Lancashire and in the midlands. I'm not sure it did
When did you first start writing?
2010 on my first book, a memoir
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll let you know
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Books by This Author

Back in Action
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 170,250. Language: British English. Published: November 29, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
In December 1986, the Swiftsure-class submarine, HMS Saracen sailed from Devonport for a routine patrol within the Arctic Circle, but stumbles through a time portal back to WW2