Interview with Tony McFadden

Published 2013-08-29.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up?

My father was in the Canadian Air Force, so I spent much of the first ten years of my life moving around Canada. I still have a bit of wanderlust in me, and it's all his fault. When I was (roughly) 10 he stopped in Saskatchewan, the middle of Canada, where weathermen were fond of saying the phrases "a beautiful day" and "highs of thirty below" in the same sentence. I started plotting my escape at an early age. I didn't have enough hair on my body for that kind of climate then, and I certainly don't now.

I can't say that this directly influenced my writing, but it made me a reader. Books are easier to make friends with, and with six schools in five years, I stuck with easy. Indirectly my bookworm habits drive my writing habits today.
When did you first start writing?
I puttered around with my first "book" eighteen years ago. It took me over ten years to "finish" it, and it was "crap".

But I enjoyed the process. That "book" got tossed in the electronic "bin", fortunately, and I started for real about six years ago. Four years ago I finally discovered what I was doing wrong (yes, Virginia, there really is a structure to stories) and it's been hell-bent since then.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behing "Have Wormhole, Will Travel" is in one of my earlier books. In "G'Day LA", the antagonist is a d-grade Hollywood director, and a subplot through the book is his attempt to get a sci-fi movie off the ground. The general plot line he used (aliens on Earth keeping an eye on us, until it's time for the hero alien to choose between loving an Earth girl or destroying Earth) is the plotline for this book.

It made writing interesting. In the genesis book, the director had cast the parts, so I used those actors, and their voices, when writing the book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two things. One was a motivator, the other was an enforcer.

The initial motivation came from an exercise I was going through with an Australian based Sc-fi magazine. They were a startup, and I had spent almost a year working with them to get three of my sci-fi shorts in their publication. Then, a month before launch, they folded, believing the finances didn't make sense. That was a wasted year. At that point I decided to place as much control in my hands as possible.

What enforced in my mind that this was the right decision was a casual conversation during one of our writers' group meetings. A new member had mentioned that it took three months to find an agent, almost a year for that agent to sign her to a publisher, then a further two years to get the book on shelves. In that period of time I wrote and published six full-length novels. Case closed.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has allowed me to offer free copies to reviewers, distribute very broadly in the market (India, here I come!) and their premium catalogue enforces quality.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Building worlds that didn't exist before I created them. I've been married longer than I can remember (I'll get in trouble for that) have two kids and too many bills. Writing (and publishing independently) is the *only* thing I have complete control over.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. I received a Tweet from a reader in Ireland who thought the books were fantastic and wanted more. A fan in the office (of my current day job) shows up with paperback copies of each book when it's released for an autograph.

I write for me, but it's very heartening to have so many people read and enjoy my words.
What are you working on next?
A screenplay adaptation of the book I'm writing (if that counts) and then I'm going to write the next in the Matt Daly series ("Matt's War" and "Daly Battles" being the first two). This time the telecomms engineers are in Australia, where nothing could possbily go wrong.
Who are your favorite authors?
Early James Patterson, David Baldacci, Agatha Christie, some Clancy, and in the independent field, William Knight, Lisa Hall Deckert and the fantastic Simon J Townley.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There's too much stuff to do to stay in bed. Plotting the next book, editting and marketing this book, learning how to write a screenplay. It never ends.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I manage my son's soccer team, and I'm on the committee for my daughter's ten-pin bowling team. Plus, I live in Australia near beaches. If I didn't live near the water, I'd probably never get out of bed.

And seriously, not writing? "Writing" includes actual writing, editing, plotting, planning, marketing, cover design (and approval if someone else is doing it) and hours upon hours of daydreaming. I'm *always* writing.
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