Interview with William Wyatt

What do your fans mean to you?
They give me a great deal of encouragement. Additionally, I endeavor to write funny stories and when children laugh about the Professor, this is rewarding.
Sometimes, when I am reading to a class in schools, to hear laughter about the events in my stories gives me pleasure to know that the humor is transmitted in my writing. Best of all though, when I return to the schools again, the children say: "Hello Professor Molecule!"
What are you working on next?
I am working on a ghost story set in a boarding school in England. Hopefully, this book will be finished by the autumn. May I add that the ghost is very friendly.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being a writer is a privilege and in my case, making readers laugh, when appropriate, is my ultimate goal. So in the morning, climbing out of bed, especially if a thread of ideas is bubbling, is inspiring.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing is a passion but does not offer huge rewards. So I have to earn a living from elsewhere. When I was young my life was in the music business, but now, with a family, I have to consider costs!
When I am not working, my wife and I like to go running and my children enjoy shopping! Reading is my favorite winter pastime.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, a friend at school wrote with me. But being eleven years of age at the time, we turned our attention to writing songs. However, they were terrible, so when we were fifteen, we formed a band singing Beatles, Beach boys and Rolling Stones songs. Our singing was not much better than our song writing! My first real story was written for my children when they were very young. To see their little faces, as we read to them at bedtime, was a joy.
What is your writing process?
A very rough outline, almost like 'bullet points', followed by a first draft. After testing this on my family, the next draft and may be another! My wife edits my stories for me, for which I am forever grateful.
How do you approach cover design?
Lots of sketching and trying to give an idea of what actually happens in the book. Not always easy!
What do you read for pleasure?
Mainly books about art or Twentieth Century history.
Describe your desk
I work on a large oak table. This enables me to scatter pages around because initially I write with an ink pen. Yes, I know, this is old fashioned but I do move to the computer when the story is coming together.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in England and there were no real influences other than my father. He had lived in many countries and told wonderful stories of his experiences. He died when I was a teenager and I miss his guiding hand throughout my life.
Published 2014-07-08.
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Books by This Author

Professor Molecule's Fantastic Listening Machine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,250. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
For Sam and Sabrina a stay at Grandma's house turns out to be a roller coaster adventure when the eccentric Professor Molecule comes to call with his FantastIc Listening Machine. Voices from the past tell of pirates, hidden treasure, and secret hiding places. A great first chapter book for the independent reader, suitable for both boys and girls aged 8-12 years.