Interview with Chris Sheldon

When did you first start writing?
I enjoyed English Language at school, and had a wonderful, inspirational teacher , Margaret Manuel , who encouraged me to write. I didn't do much serious writing until about 2002, when I wrote an article for a website. It was well received, and I did a few more. The Countrymans Weekly newspaper printed a few, and still do; and in 2016 I had a feature printed in Staffordshire Life magazine. 'Thinking Fishing' (October 2017) is a compilation of these articles, plus some new material.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I'm a Staffordshire lad; and proud of it, its a wonderful place to live. I was actually born in Burton on Trent, as were most of my generation, as Tamworth and Lichfield only had small, GP-run 'cottage hospitals'. My family originated in the north of the county, (the Potteries and the Moorlands), so although I lived and grew up in Tamworth, I've spent my life travelling around the county !
My writing has been massively influenced by growing up in Tamworth; as an angler, and writing about fishing, Tamworth was the perfect place to be. Its almost surrounded by water. The rivers Tame, Anker and Mease; Coventry and Birmingham Fazeley canals, countless gravel pits and farm pools. I was, and still am, spoilt for choice.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work in a local Secondary school, teaching Maths to special needs kids.... ! One of the most rewarding jobs there is, I think.
What is your writing process?
I rough out an idea in a notebook, in pencil. I edit it 'on the go' when I type it up, usually in Word, which I save in 'the cloud' . The title of the article comes last.
What are you working on next?
A sequel ! 'Thinking Fishing 2' !
Seriously, more of the same. Its a huge subject.
How do you approach cover design?
I'm lucky here - I know a cover design genius called Joe Watson. I tell him my idea, he then goes off and produces something completely different, which is invariably brilliant. You can find him online.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Walkers Pitch - Richard Walker . The book I want 'Thinking Fishing' to be. Its brilliant, even though it was written in 1954 !
The Lost Diary - Chris Yates . Descriptive, thoughtful, evocative. Wonderful book.
The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy . Based on a true story. I couldn't put it down.
The Accidental Angler - Charles Rangeley-Wilson. Fishing and travel. I'm envious, C. R-W has a wonderful job; he gets paid to go to these places, fish, and write about it.
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein. I read it aged 9 and was captivated. I still read it occasionally.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle.
Describe your desk
Simple, modern one; just a monitor and some speakers on the top, the PC and everything else is underneath. Picture of Daughter nearby, plus the printer. My notebooks live under the monitor stand. It underneath a window, so I can see the fields beyond.
What do your fans mean to you?
er.... i'm pretty sure I don't have any! I'd like to think people enjoy what I've written; I hope it makes them think a bit about their fishing and how they do it.
Published 2017-10-03.
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Books by This Author

Thinking Fishing
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 29,400. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Reference
Always Wondering; Why? A new ebook, aimed at the angler that thinks about their sport... not about 'why we go fishing', but about 'why things work', and what to do when they don't. Partly a memoir, partly instructional, but always thought provoking, this is a book that should inspire anglers to think differently about their fishing, and maybe try something different.