Interview with Royston Wood

What are you working on next?
Since writing Tyger Pants I have started writing a series of books for a slightly younger age group - Ruff and Tumble. Ruff and Tumble are dogs with jobs - Pack Protectors! They have to protect the home, or Pack Lands, from all sorts of nasty things that try and invade. In the first book they have to fend of the Invasion of the Goblin Horde and in the second an Invasion of Dog Eating Yetis.

But I am taking a break before the third Ruff and Tumble book to write a second Tyger Pants.
Who are your favorite authors?
I read almost exclusively Fantasy fiction books. I know I should broaden my mind but my skull is too narrow. My favourites are Raymond E Feist, David Gemell and Terry Pratchett.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My infant child screaming. If not that then the cat playing swingball with my toe.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Uh, hello...Infant child! Oh, and two older boys. And two dogs. And aforementioned cat. Occasionally I find time to be with my wife. Which is nice.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. But it was probably about a dog meeting a tree and the inevitable consequence.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Tyger Pants is an ordinary 9 year old. Or at least, as 'ordinary' as a 9 year old boy gets. He should be looking forward to Take Your Kids to Work Day, after all it is a day off school. But Tyger's dad isn't a cool fire fighter or something awesome like a traffic cop involved in high speed chases. No. Tyger's dad is a librarian!

DULL!

Dull until his dad leaves his top secret Library Service issue Editor behind and Tyger starts to fiddle...

and is zapped into a terrifying library dimension where all the stories take place - for real!
What is your writing process?
Walk the dogs. After 10 minutes of white noise my brain normally tunes out of the day and has room for creative ideas to form. I wear a note pad around my neck and jot down ideas. No I do not spot trains. Although there is nothing wrong with that. The next time I shoehorn some time out from home commitments and work I write up the ideas.
How do you approach cover design?
Lots of bold colours - my books are for kids. Then draw a picture that encapsulates the story as much as possible but with as much impact as possible.
Describe your desk
My 'desk' is wherever I can find a space large enough to wedge in my laptop. My laptop is normally quickly followed by a cat that seems to think it is a writer. Personally I can never understand a word he types but then I'm not a cat. He also managed to switch the screen off on my last laptop and I was never able to switch it back on again! Two dogs then congregate around my feet ready to trip me when I get up and forget they are there.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
To be honest, the virtual impossibility of becoming published through the traditional process. If you aren't a celebrity that can guarantee 100,000s of sales then there is little hope there.

But, having started the process I find I am really enjoying it. The only problem is I am now spending more time 'publishing' than I am writing, which is a shame. I'll just have to find more time. I'm sure they sell it on ebay. Or maybe Amazon. They seem to sell everything else.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
You are reading this!
Published 2013-12-06.
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Books by This Author

Tyger Pants 2 - Count Tarantula
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 32,910. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Children’s books » Boys & Men
Cast into a terrifying library dimension where stories take place for real, Tyger had to fight his way through an army of werebeast to get back home. Now he is going back for more…
The A-Z of Raising Smalls - A House Husband's View
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,380. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Childhood development, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Family / Parents
The truth about parenting kids by a house husband and father of three children. The author is not a parenting expert qualified in child psychology or a super nanny that can sort out problem children just by looking at them in a stern tone of voice. He is just a house husband, a father as adrift as any other. He has no parenting advice to offer but can share some of the pain of Raising Smalls.
Lands End to John O Groats - Cycling the Google Route
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 53,690. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » By region, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling
Smashed from his bicycle by an articulated truck Royston Wood found himself unable to complete a long planned for 875 mile cycling event. Battling the demons of failure he devised a plan to ride a similar distance across the UK from Land’s End to John O’Groats. With only a few days to plan the whole trip he delegated the routing to Google Maps. Cycle routing was brand new and in beta testing: what
Ruff and Tumble - Invasion of the Dog Eating Yetis
Series: Ruff and Tumble, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,650. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Vigilance is Vital when you're a Pack Protector. That's why Ruff and Tumble are always alert and on the lookout for Invaders. Well, Ruff is. Having saved the Pack Lands from a Horde of Goblins, Ruff now uncovers a new threat. Dog Eating Yetis have frozen the world and are ready to invade. Can Ruff save the Pack Lands? And can he get Tumble to help? Unlike Amazon this version is not illustrated.
Ruff and Tumble - Invasion of the Goblin Horde
Series: Ruff and Tumble, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 14,230. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Ruff and Tumble are dogs with jobs - Pack Protectors. It's a vital role when there's a Goblin Horde at the back gate! As Pack Protectors Ruff and Tumble have to keep invaders out of the Pack Lands. It's normally an easy job but according to Ruff, there's a Goblin Horde poised to tear down the back gate. This time barking a lot isn't going to work... Unlike Amazon, this version not illustrated.
Tyger Pants - Cretin the Cruel
Price: Free! Words: 25,600. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Chapter Books, Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
Tyger Pants is trapped in a terrifying library dimension, full of werewolves, dragons and spell casting armadillos - can he survive long enough to escape? Written in the first person, present tense it is designed to sit the reader behind the eyes of the narrator, right in the middle of the action. The plot is kept straightforward and linear to encourage reading and engagement.
Lands End to John O'Groats - A Self Help Cycle Guide
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,930. Language: British English. Published: January 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Bicycling, Nonfiction » Travel » By region
Cycling from Land's End to John O'Groats is the ultimate cycling challenge in the UK. Ok, there's 900 miles of cycling but the most time consuming part is the planning! This guide is designed to help you through that process, guiding you in the right direction and answering the questions you didn't even know you needed answers to. It will save you a heap of time!