Interview with Gary Weston

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Black Country of the industrial midlands of England. I now live in a rural town in New Zealand, which is one heck of a contrast. Apart from general experience, the Black Country had little influence on my writing, but in Starlight Army, my memories of the place were used to describe the setting.
When did you first start writing?
I started seriously about eight years ago. I entered a couple of short stories in a local newspaper competition. One heck of a transition to full length efforts, requiring a different mind set. Now, shorts are something I write whilst waiting for inspiration. I'm still waiting.....
What's the story behind your latest book?
Davron : The Universe Is Not Enough.
Following on from the original Davron serial. Davron and his new best friends take off from Spero in search of a new home. They realize the supplies on The Romulus won't sustain them for the journey to their new planet. They have only one option. To use the unpredictable Faster Than Light drive. Barely surviving that, they end up in a place quite unexpected where another adventure begins.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The rejection letters!!!! Now, Indies can let the readers decide, not some faceless individual in an office somewhere. Go Indies.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
By making me try harder? Just having that platform sorted out. Mark Coker's unstoppable enthusiasm for Indies and the whole team driving things along. I probably gave their meatgrinder formatting machine indigestion until I sort of got the hang of things.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the whole process. I start with a single, clear, full colour image in my mind and make a book out of it. It is all about creating something from nothing more than an idea. I'm just a story teller. I have no idea what the story is about and I stay only one chapter ahead of myself. The chapters are quite short, changing scenes quite often, probably in a T V soap sort of way. That keeps the story tight and allows for plenty of cliff hangers. Yes, I do like to tease a reader if I can. I also cry sometimes when I write, and that's good (but it does make it hard to see the keys). If a chapter leaves me emotionally drained, that means I am being genuine to the story, the reader and myself. To temper that, I can be laughing my head off if I think it is funny. If it all comes together, then job done.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot to me. I don't think fans / readers realize just how important they are. When they do a review, they can make or break a book's success. As an example, Last Flight for Craggy. If it hadn't been for Claude Jones and his kind review, there wouldn't have been three following "Craggy" books. Sure, I liked it, but that's just my opinion. Now all six are getting good reviews on Amazon as is the follow on, Deep Space Intelligence...complete series. If Claude had hated it, there would have been no others in the series. So, dear readers, please consider that when you review a book. Be honest, be fair and above all, be constructive. If you hate a book, tell the writer why. Don't just put one or two stars. Your reviews are an essential part of the writers development. Thank you, wherever you are. Not much point being a writer without a reader.
What are you working on next?
Davron. The serial was written in a week while I was drunk, same as most of my stuff. The serial just keeps on being downloaded.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Cussler (the ones he writes himself) Dean Koontz. Edgar A. Poe.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The itch to be writing. That and the need to go to the bathroom.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mundane stuff. If I hit a block, Minnie, my greyhound Staffy cross gets a walk. That is usually three little walkies per day. Minnie ended up in her own stories, especially Dusty Miller 2. Other than that, domestic duties call.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Freebie smash books. Sometimes I will look at one not getting much feedback / reviews, and if I can, say something constructive. It's nice to make somebody's day if I can.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No
What is your writing process?
It usually starts with that one strong mental image. With All Mixed Up, I saw a man buried up to his neck in concrete and he's alive. So I have to write it to find out what it's about. I have no idea beyond the next paragraph. Maybe I should plan my books out....nope. I'll carry on winging it.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. I blame the sixties. I do recall reading Wells Fargo. Read it twice. I must google that.
How do you approach cover design?
photoscape.
What do you read for pleasure?
Not a lot. Too busy writing.
Describe your desk
It's under here, somewhere...
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Again. The sixties. Anything by Terry Pratchet. Unique and funny
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Sony ereader on my pc. I prefer it to the Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Writing series, keeping number one free.
Published 2015-05-14.
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Books by This Author

Davron : The Universe Is Not Enough part 5
Price: Free! Words: 16,870. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Part five. The fight is on! The conclusion to the serial. You do NOT want to miss this!
Davron : The Universe Is Not Enough part 4
Price: Free! Words: 10,050. Language: English. Published: June 18, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Part 4. Back on "Earth" April Golightly makes a remarkable recovery. They are all prepared to take off into space to fight the enemy. Lieutenant Carver is suspicious of Patrick Davron and he isn't alone in his suspicions. Then the enemy strikes and lives hang in the balance.
Davron The Universe Is Not Enough Part 3
Price: Free! Words: 9,890. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Part 3. To earn the right to a new life on the new Earth, Patrick Davron and his friends must put their lives on the line. The aliens are set to attack but the humans have little to fight their superior technology. Not everyone on Earth was convinced of Davron's sincerity. Only mortal combat would prove their worth. The fight was on!
Davron : The Universe Is Not Enough 2
Price: Free! Words: 9,420. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Earth! It loomed large before them but it shouldn't. With the crippled Romulus, they had no alternative but to land. The reception they got was unexpected. Was Akrins right and this was meant to be? Futures were intertwined and lives were about to change forever but only if they could survive.The human race faced annihilation and it was time to make a stand.
Davron : The Universe Is Not Enough
Price: Free! Words: 12,960. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The new Davron serial. READ the previous serial first! Davron and his friends took off from Spero, with the promise from the aliens that the war with Earth was over. But where to go now? The advanced ship The Romulus had the ability to go where no other Human ship could go. They had only one option but dare they take it? And if they do, what will they find? For Davron, the universe is not enough!
Davron part 5
Price: Free! Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Part 5 and the conclusion of the free Davron serial. The aliens attack the humans.
Davron part 4
Series: Davron, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 8,010. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
#4 of this space opera. If love isn't in the air, it could be in deep space. Davron takes them to Spero. They have no doubt that the aliens will be chasing them and they will have to make a stand if they are to survive. Akrins still has his suspicions about Davron but with the odds stacked heavily against them, five humans will put it all on the line and fight as one against a common enemy.
Davron part 3
Series: Davron, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 11,320. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Part 3 of the Davron serial. Captain Belle is using the device which can save her and her crew or kill her. But is Davron the evil genius set on destroying the Earth and the Venom, or is there something even more dangerous to contend with? A decision has to be made, but one member of her crew is not convinced. Sides have to be taken and the future of the human race could be determined by one man.
Davron : Part 2
Series: Davron, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Part 2 of the Davron series. Captain Jazz Belle is feeling isolated, unsure of her own crew, and becoming doubtful of General Burns and the W S A. As her ship streaked through deep space towards Davron in the stolen Romulus, Belle was acutely aware she was on her own. The device called the HATED had killed its inventor but her only chance to survive was to use it herself. And if she survived...?
Davron
Series: Davron, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 11,010. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Davron. A space opera serial. Davron. Evil genius, or mankind's best hope? Captain Jazz Belle is sent off with the dregs of humanity to destroy him. Contains moderate bad language
Oceans Of Death
Series: A Little Bit Creepy, Book 4. Price: Free! Words: 3,540. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(4.00)
I was alone on a yacht when the war wiped out most of the Human race. All life on land had been wiped out, and without food and water, I would soon be sailing the Oceans Of Death. Short Story.
Go Out With A Bang!
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,890. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
By popular demand. A novel length “Ferret” book. Sandra Mitchell is back. Rogue agent with death in her hands. The city is in the grip of a highly professional gang, threatening to blow up buildings worth millions, if the owners don't pay up. They need the Ferret, but he's missing. Sandra is on her own mission. Is the Ferret involved? It's all on the line and they could be going out with a bang!
All Mixed Up The Complete Series
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,770. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
All eight of the series together, including the latest adventure, Hell Let Loose. This time, Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris And the team are embroiled in a deadly occult case. A naked hanging woman takes them into the dark world of witchcraft and demonology. All Hell Let Loose is also available separately. Audio book versions available
Hell Let Loose
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,650. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris and the team find themselves embroiled in the occult. A trap is being woven and demonic forces are at work. Number 8 and the finale of the series. Can be purchased separately or as part of the complete series.
Eyes
Series: A Little Bit Creepy, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,950. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
Some things are so terrifying they are never meant to be disturbed. Short story
The Ancient eBook Reader
Price: Free! Words: 960. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(3.00)
Written an ebook? Join the club. Will it be read in hundreds of years time? Maybe this flash fiction will be the future.
Three Blind Eyes
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,660. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Another all meat and no potato adventure for Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris and his team. The Ferret returns from honeymoon to find a case is already well underway. A mechanic, a popular family man, meets a horrible death. The deeper the team dig, more questions are revealed than answers.
The Phone Never Rings
Price: Free! Words: 1,730. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
(5.00)
Life has to have purpose and meaning. Sometimes, it doesn't. Short story
Outside The Box
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris and the team are in the thick of it again. A terrorist organisation has targeted some of the country's top people. To try to save the hostages the team need to think out of the box.
One Way To Mars 3
Series: One Way To Mars, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,900. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00)
Andrew Foreman is still stumbling his way across the solar system, and he has to wait until he gets all the way to the moon for news that will stun him. But the bad guys are at it again, ready to hold the world to ransom. Thank goodness there's a veterinarian to sort things out!
One Way To Mars 2
Series: One Way To Mars, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 14,490. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(5.00)
Andrew Foreman was looking forward to meeting the visitors from Earth. He expected a few surprises, but got more than he bargained for.
Explain That To A Martian 3
Series: Explain That To A Martian, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 2,690. Language: English. Published: March 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
(5.00)
It's good to stay in touch with friends, even when they live on Mars!
Sick
Series: A Little Bit Creepy, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 4,720. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction
(4.00)
If you had a bottomless pit of money and a very sick body, just how far would YOU go to have another chance at a healthy life? Sir Charles Wynstanton-Tawneycroft was prepared to go all the way!Short story
One Way To Mars
Series: One Way To Mars, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 22,010. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.50)
Veterinarian Andrew Foreman hadn't wanted to go to Mars in the first place. But somebody had to look after Monkley the GenMoP, the genetically modified primate. Foreman had always regarded space travel as a dangerous business, but he had no idea just how dangerous.
Words and Other Stuff
Price: Free! Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
If it's big heavy poems you are trying to find, to stimulate brains and clog up your mind, then this bit of light stuff won't do for you. Put a smile on your face is all it will do. If you like quirky poems, Please check out poet Barnaby Wilde. I highly recommend his poems. You will love it.
Explain That to a Martian 2
Series: Explain That To A Martian, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 3,900. Language: English. Published: February 18, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
(4.50)
Ok for kids 15 to 99. I had visitors. They had come all the way from Mars for my fish finger sandwiches.
Shadows Of The Night
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,830. Language: English. Published: February 4, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Another case for Senior Sergeant Detective Stanley Morris and his team. Solving a murder case is one thing, preventing another violent killing is something else. The race is on to save a life. Look out for the next two Ferret books. Outside The Box and Three Blind Eyes!
Shiny Rocks
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,500. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris investigates the case of the Empress Jewels, trying to avert an international incident. He could use the Ferret's help, but the Chief has him working on a mysterious case of his own. Number four in the series.
A Serious Case Of Ferret
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,450. Language: English. Published: January 27, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris and his team are fighting time to save a kidnapped teenager. One girl has already been murdered, he doesn't need another one. Number three in the series.
Double Bluff
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 3. Price: Free! Words: 11,940. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Plenty of blood, but no bodies. Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris and his team have to piece the puzzle together and try to prevent a murder and The Ferret goes to prison. The sequel to All Mixed Up. Check out number three. A Serious Case of Ferret. Audio Versions Are Available
All Mixed Up
Series: All Mixed Up, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 9,480. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
A wealthy, jealous and possessive husband takes unusual revenge on his beautiful wife's lover. Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Morris needs to dig deep to get to the bottom of this one. The complete novella series is available in one hit, as All Mixed up, the complete series, or all eight can be purchased individually. Audio Version Available
Explain That to a Martian
Series: Explain That To A Martian, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 7,740. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.50)
This for Nadia. It was three in the morning, and I had a Martian in my house. Just how drunk was I? But here he was, looking like something molded out of play doh. What else could I do but have another drink and make us fish finger sandwiches.