Interview with Xadrum

When did you first start writing?
The first proper attempt was in the mid '90's, it was a ghost story called 'Trucks' which I hope to upload here soon.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
While I enjoy writing I have found it hard to keep momentum with the trawl of submitting material to publishers, competitions etc. Going it alone, so to speak, offers a greater feeling of control over how my work is received.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It's still early days and so far most of the material I've published are short pieces and flash fiction. But just the fact that people are getting the opportunity to read them is a really fantastic feeling.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It varies. Sometimes just finishing a first draft is a joy, it is certainly feels like a conquest. Editing has become more of a joy recently; like moulding the rough edges from the clay.
Also I have found scriptwriting to be a really pleasure, especially as - through my indie film connections I've had the opportunity to see my work literally come to life.
What are you working on next?
Currently assembling and editing a few pieces to publish as a collection. This will comprise short stories, flash fiction and poetry and a short screenplay. The pieces themselves contain elements of gothic and horror and reflect my love of the genres. It should be available on Smashwords in the next few weeks and is called 'The Book of Squalor.'
I am also collaborating on the script for the next feature film project I'll be involved in as an actor; an arthouse picture: 'Paint My Soul; The Colour of Truth,' which starts shooting later in the year.
Who are your favorite authors?
I think, like most writers, it's impossible not the end up writing a list as long as your arm to a question like this. So here are a few of the authors who have helped colour my own work, or who I simply love returning to. Conan Doyle, Poe, Terry Pratchett, ETA Hoffman, Mikhail Bulgakov, James Herbert, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, Salman Rushdie, Anaïs Nin, Hugh Howey, Fernando Pessoa, MR James, William Hope Hodgeson, WG Seabald, Dickens, Bruno Shultz, Arthur Machen, Danil Kharms.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
On an ordinary day: work. Although that's more a necessity than an inspiration. Trying to use the time that I have to help shape my dreams into reality is high on the list.
I am constantly surprised at the contrast between dragging myself out of bed at the last minute to go to the office, or leaping out of bed at 3am to catch the early train or coach to wherever for an audition or film shoot. Or even just to sit at the computer and work on a new story or script - not usually at 3am!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Day job (alas). I like to stay in shape and go running and to the gym a few times a week. Reading, there is a never decreasing stack of books that I'm ploughing through.
Otherwise it's usually to do with my acting. Which could be going to the theatre or cinema, or maintaining my website and other forms of social media.
When I do get a chance to switch off that could be with friends or gaming on the computer.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was for a school project when I was about eight. We were given a title - 'The Island' - and a number of items we had to include in the story.
It started out quite well; the main character had survived a plane crash and was washed up on an island and the items were things that had also been washed ashore and were all he had to help him survive. Unfortunately in the week we had to write the story; I had watched 'The Empire Strikes Back' for the first time and everything ended up going a bit...umm...Jedi.
Describe your desk
Cluttered, not wholly ideal and round.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I'm still quite new to self publishing and have yet to find any particular techniques that are consistantly effective.
Published 2016-03-26.
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