Interview with Medeas Wray

When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for most of my life, spent years as a professional writer, which tends to make the process of sitting at home writing anything you please, more tough than you can imagine. I'd also done a few other jobs in my life and gained a wealth of experience over the years, through travelling and meeting all kinds of people. So when the work coming from my usual day job started to dry up, I started to concentrate on my own creative writing, coming out the other side with a handful of stories, novels and ideas for novels in the speculative fiction category.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Finding out about Smashwords was a boon - it meant that I could publish my work as an indie author without having to go through the long-winded and nerve-grinding business of finding an agent or publisher or investing large sums of money to self-publish in print. I'm new to it all and don't know how it's going to go, how my books will be received (though my first readers' comments have been extremely favourable - some have read The Big Crunch over and over, though they are, it must be admitted, younger readers) - but Smashwords has given me a platform and that's unbelievably valuable.
What are you working on next?
At present, I'm trying to pull a collection of short stories together, called 'Jabberworky and The Other Odd Story'. (I've just commissioned the art-work for the cover from Anna Cleary, the designer I used for both The Big Crunch and Down To Zero - I really like her work). Jabberworky is set in Medieval times, it's quite amusing though has a certain pessimistic slant and I think watching TV news started me writing it. This was in the early days of the global recession when everything seemed so bleak and the idea of 'fun' seemed like a distant memory, from another time, a more medieval time, perhaps. I did some research into life in Medieval England and somehow Jabberworky was born. It seems to fit together with the other odd story I'd written over the years - and so the idea for a collection emerged.

I'm also working on a couple of sequels to Down To Zero which I eventually want to publish as a series with the title 'The Eaters of Light' - but haven't got very far with those, still quite a few more months to go of hard slog, I reckon.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favourite authors and I'm sure my own writing has been informed and influenced by them all: Ray Bradbury for one (such a brilliant way with words and huge imagination), George MacDonald Fraser (for his rollicking sense of fun and his super-cad hero Flashman), Richard Condon (hard-nosed, witty and pithy), Iain Banks, Will Self, Martin Amis and DBC Pierre (for revitalising English fiction with their brave experiments), Raymond Chandler, James Ellory, Ian Rankin, Patricia Cornwell and Val McDermid because I like crime (in fiction, obviously) and a huge amount of others: John Steinbeck (genius), Hermann Hesse (The Steppenwolf particularly), Franz Kafka (surreal and more real, it seems, as time moves on).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch loads of films and TV - mainly new stuff as it comes through, catch up with friends and go out and about.
How do you approach cover design?
I think cover design is massively important and I've gone to great lengths to ensure my covers absolutely work - as thumb-nails particularly - hooking up with cover designer/graphic artist Anna Cleary to achieve it: they give a hint - a promise - of the content of each
book - evoke the spirit and time-frame of the books and are memorable, attractive and have had really good feed-back. It's taken us a lot to get there but I'm very pleased with the results.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
This is a really hard question: I'd say The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake is up there but there are so many. Loved The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell (so that's seven right from the off), Really, it's impossible to pin it down to just five.
Published 2014-05-06.
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Books by This Author

Down To Zero
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 107,100. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Mashups
A groundbreaking novel from one of the most exciting new voices in urban fiction, the first in a series, set in the near-future London of 2018 and featuring seasoned murder detectives, Mallory Vine and her partner Bob Dario as they work on a couple of grisly assignments and start to unearth indisputable evidence of the paranormal and its power- changing the investigative culture world-wide.
The Big Crunch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,540. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: May 12, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Urban, Fiction » Mashups
Amusing, moving, fast-paced new adult fiction with strong language in places, dark themes, shady deeds. Malkie is a computer games designer with a life spiralling into free-fall down down to computer crashes, a car mysteriously totalled and a failing marriage. Ian, his ex-hacker assistant has his own problems. Like having a stiff in the living room and working with Malkie. What could go right?