I love to write fiction, it's a glorious escape from the routine of my work as an IT engineer.
To be able to immerse yourself in realities of your own creation. Well… ‘It don’t get no better than that!’
I like to mix up my genres, I think it keeps me fresh as a writer and broadens the scope for learning something new.
As for novels, I have two on the go — one is science fiction and the other a mystery, set around the Church and the Sex Trade. I’ve set myself the goal of completing the latter book this year and publishing it via the Smashwords site.
I have just pulled together a collection of short stories and compiled them for publication as an eBook. This is now available for free from this site and will remain free. I am leaving it available at that price as a way of introducing myself to the reading public prior to the release of my début novel later in the year.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are everything.
I'm as human as the next person. Without the encouragement of the readers, I would never have come this far with my writing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing? For me it has to be that point where you go from imagining a character to perceiving them as real.
When you find yourself suspending your disbelief and being drawn into the scenes in the same way as you hope your readers will be, that’s a wonderful feeling.
Clever plot lines and a vivid imagination are all well and good, and a vital part of the story teller’s art, but it’s the characters for me. Without them you just have someone clever and articulate putting stuff down on paper. It’s the characters that you relate to on a human level, and never more so than through good dialogue.
I post my work on Scribophile for critiques from fellow writers and often get back really useful comments that help me develop my writing… But it was a simple comment from the Bajan cleaning lady that I treasure the most.
I had given her a scene from my novel, one where three Caribbean characters where talking in a kitchen; I wanted her take on the accuracy of the dialect.
She’s not a writer and could give me no authoritative comments on the quality of the writing, but she did say this, “Mm, mm! That Julius!”
Now that’s quality feedback! That’s when I knew that I'd nailed it and he had become real for her.
A free glimpse into the fevered imagination of Bradley Atkins. This compelling and original début work consists of five short stories and a taster chapter from his upcoming book. Download it now, enjoy his singular prose, and whet your appetite for the release of his first full length novel!