Interview with V A Wilson

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Initially one of my devices, I think it was my 1st tablet, had samples on it. Now, however I receive emails suggesting what I may like based on what I have already purchased, read and reviewed.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
This question made me smile. When I was at primary school, aged about 10, I made up a story about the Circus, mainly the clowns. I fashioned a cover for my "book" from a split tube, turned it inside out so that it was gold. I knew then I would love to write. I had not thought of that wee story in many years.
What is your writing process?
With poetry a line or 2 will pop into my head, often while walking or driving, so I always have a wee notebook handy to scribble them down. For the non-fiction I am attempting for the first time I had an idea, so I scribbled down page after page, and am now putting meat on the bones of my characters, and researching some things to see if it will fly as a novel/novella or if it will be a short story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As I was an avid reader from the age of 5 I read Enid Blyton's Famous Five books, Secret Seven and, not sure if she wrote, Adventurous Four, but the book I read that made an impact on me was Great Expectations by Charles Dickens which I read when I was 12 and have read again since. I became engrossed in the telling of the tale, the characters and how their different statuses made such a dramatic difference in what they had and how they each reacted to their situation and those of others around them.
How do you approach cover design?
The only book I published was back when it was called vanity publishing, you paid a fortune to a publishing house, and if you were lucky, I was not, you got books to market, distribute yourself a drive . So the only cover, until yesterday, that I had been involved in was a drive from Edinburgh to London for a 10 minute meeting to be shown a cover and that was that.
Yesterday I chose a different tact and had a look at various book cover designers. I found one I liked that went with the facets theme I wanted to stick to and bought it.
Somehow though it is too small for Smashwords so I am having to ask for help!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Good question, but I do not have an answer to it. I read so many books. I can tell you that ever since I was a child I have loved crime, legal and particularly murder books. I read all of Ian Fleming's James Bond books before I was even old enough to take books out of the adult library. Now I like James Patterson, John Grisham, Tess Gerritson, Lynda La Plante and Ian Rankin books.
What do you read for pleasure?
Everything listed in the last question, except the James Bond books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Currently it's my phone as it's always with me so when I am on public transport alone I read.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have not used any yet. Due to the publisher going bust, keeping my money and not providing books I had nothing to market. This time round I hope to learn how to properly digitally market my book/s. With that in mind I have been attending talks within the self-publishing group that I am a member of.
Describe your desk
Laptop on one with paper, pencil and pen on it. On another there's a computer notebooks, pens, pencils, ruler, eraser, post its and hole punch. Those are the 2 downstairs and the ones I am using at the moment. I have 2 large desks upstairs in my office, I do not know why I do not work up there these days. It would certainly make my living room look more spacious if I moved everything
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Edinburgh. I cannot see its influence in my poetry however I intend Edinburgh to be the backdrop for my non-fiction writing.
Published 2016-10-01.
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Books by This Author

Facets In Poetry 1
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 3,720. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » U.K. Poetry
This eclectic volume of poetry, subtly exploring different facets of relationships in the twentieth century, cannot fail to arouse and provoke the reader's interest.