Interview with Stephen Jansen

When did you first start writing?
In 1991 I had a short story published. But I had written notes and plots before then, I wanted to make them better before I sent anything out, so 1991 was the year zero.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I was looking for something different to write and someone introduced me to Harvey Bainbridge who is an ex member of the rock band Hawkwind. We agreed on a fictional story based on his touring experiences in Europe & USA so I set about creating a chase/caper novel. It wasn't difficult, as there were plenty of adventures much stranger than fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Trying to attract the attention of the big publishing companies requires an agent. Any writers who are reading this will need no further explanation (laughs). After a while I gave up the chase, and at one point I thought about making money through writing by using the rejection letters to make life sized paper Mache statues of famous literary persons to sell on E-Bay. When the technology became available I self published through Amazon. Then I had something that people could review and offer an opinion on. This eventually lead to a contract with an indie publisher. So it worked out eventually.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The process of getting and idea and turning it into something sellable and entertaining for myself and the reader.
What are you working on next?
A book about a gambler. Specifically a Roulette player. I've been trying to get this done for a few years but its coming along now. I also work on freelance projects so there's always something new happening.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I do get asked questions as if I am one of the characters in the books, which is a bit strange sometimes. Facebook is good for all kinds of feedback though. I enjoy book signings and listening to their ideas and interpretations. I once got recognised in a stationary store while buying note pads. The dizzy heights of fame?
Who are your favorite authors?
Brett Easton Ellis, William Burroughs, Michael Moorcock, Philip K Dick. I also like screenwriters as I write scripts as well as books, Paul Schrader and David Lynch are writer/directors, but I like reading Vincent Ward and David Koepp
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A deadline (laughs). I also have a lot of ideas I want to develop and write as novels, and the ideas are faster than my typing speed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. I walk around a lot as well with my dog. When I get back to the laptop I usually have the next bit of what I am working on. I don't really have a life outside of writing and books or films. I'm happy in that world. Reality feeds the plots and I try to look at life as a way of inspiration or meet people who have unusual stories to tell.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
They usually lead off from a recommendation from a friend or my partner will say 'have you seen this book?' Recently I read Gone Girl on my Kindle(I still haven't seen the film.) because Nine Inch Nails did the music. As a fan of the band I investigated the reason why they chose to score this project. I've also just read Philip K Dick's last two books (The Divine Invasion and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer) because I read VALIS years ago and wanted to complete the trilogy. It was quick and easy to down load them.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Unfortunately, yes. (laughs) With a clarity and embarrassment that still haunts me. It was a 'twist in the tale' story. 500 words. The magazine it appeared in is out of print.
Published 2015-10-29.
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Books by This Author

The Light from Dead Stars
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 143,140. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
larry bain battles the daily hazards of staying sane on tour with a gathering of crazed musicians, deranged fans, freaked out road crews, psychotic lawyers, twisted managers and the memory of the band’s dead singer.