Interview with T. S. Watt

What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to have a couple of books going at a time. Usually, one fiction and one non-fiction. I read popular science writers like Richard Dawkins, Brian Cox, Stephen Hawking frequently. I also really enjoy fantasy authors like J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, George R. R. Martin and many others.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I use my iPhone for e-reading most of the time. I've started using iBooks on my mac as well.
Describe your desk
Covered with science and philosophy/atheism books as well as drawings from my son. My wife seems to enjoy adding clutter (like garbage, cds, etc.) to my desk as well.
When did you first start writing?
This is actually my first attempt at writing a book. I started early in 2013 on this and then it sat on my hard drive for almost a year (due to my wife having health issues and obviously she is my priority). Now that things have started returning to normal, I'm picking this back up and looking to make a go of it.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been an atheist most of my life, but it never really mattered much to me. When my son was born, I started looking more at education and articles about the teaching of creationism (or simply poor teaching of evolution) started crossing my view. This is very concerning to me as I want my son to receive a properly science education. Living in the southern U.S., this is a battle as most people here don't seem to be able to separate their beliefs from facts.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had a lot of thoughts on the topics covered in my book and very few outlets to share them. Rather than continue to annoy my wife with diatribes about things she isn't interested in, I started writing it down. When I showed a few friends, they suggested I publish it as a book.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have any fans. I'm just a normal guy who wants to share his thoughts in the hope that people will spend more time considering their reasons for beliefs and opinions. I can't imagine having fans.
What are you working on next?
I haven't decided yet. I'm hoping feedback from this book will give me ideas and motivation to write my next project.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sam Harris, Brian Cox, Bill Bryson, Stephen Hawking, Brian Greene, Richard Dawkins, J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, Rick Riordan...I can go on and on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My family. I live to make my wife and son happy.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing my real job. Since this is my first book, I obviously have a day job.
How do you approach cover design?
I watched a bunch of how-to videos on the web. Then, I grabbed a free photo-editing software and started playing around. I hope people are drawn to what I came up with.
Published 2014-02-03.
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Books by This Author

Why I Don't Believe: Thoughts on Belief, Evidence, Morals, Life, and Meaning
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 22,390. Language: English. Published: February 3, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Atheism/Agnosticism
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Why do you believe what you believe? Is belief justified without evidence? Why I Don't Believe discuses these questions in an easy conversational style by dissecting several key topics.