Interview with John McQuillan

What are you working on next?
It's a novella about a weekend reunion of four university friends and their husbands and partners. It turns out to be a rather surprising weekend for all four couples.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
If you really want to go back that far I think it was 'The Snuffly, Snorty Dog'. It was a prize at primary school and I remember reading it dozens of times. The first 'grown-up' story that had a real impact on me was 'The 39 Steps' by John Buchan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life is full of surprises and opportunities. If you stop worrying about what might happen and live for today, there's always something worth getting out of bed for. And of course, there's always another story to tell.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a kind of ghost story, but not the scary kind. I've re-written it many times. It has a special place in my life.
What is your writing process?
When I'm in writing mode, as opposed to making notes or planning, I set aside a time for writing. This is usually about four or five hours a day, Monday to Friday. At the end of each session I try to leave it where I know what I am going to write next. This way, the next time I sit down I can start typing straight away and I'm off to a flying start.
How do you approach cover design?
As a creative person I love designing my own covers. My training as a signwriter helps me tremendously in this. I enjoy the challenge of designing the cover almost as much as the challenge of writing the story.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love reading but I don't feel the need to always have a book on the go. When I am reading, it will usually be a biography, a thriller or maybe a mystery based on truth. Oh, and I still have a great love of short stories.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reader is a simple Kindle which serves very well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I get most joy from creating characters that stay with me long after the book is finished, and the thought that those same characters will hopefully stay with my readers too.
Describe your desk
I am fortunate enough to have a small study where I can shut myself away to work, in which you will find my very orderly desk. I am quite a tidy person by nature.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Being an Indie author means you can get your work out there at very little cost. There is still no guarantee that you will find recognition but at least it's a more of a level playing field.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I am new to publishing on Smashwords but it was recommended to me and I have found the website very user friendly, so if I don't make good here, it will be down to me.
Published 2017-09-01.
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Books by This Author

The Wrong Crowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,120. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
When young Ethan Locke falls in with a bad crowd at his new school, following his family's move to a new district, older brother Jake desperately tries to extricate his brother from the gang leader's influence. Can Jake win the trust of the gang and come up with a plan in time to save his brother from the serious consequences in which he has become deeply embroiled? But time is running out.