Orwell Danes is a prolific writer of fiction and non-fiction and is now working on his next project — The Chronicles of Maggie Zephyr.
Orwell has had successes with Corbyn: First they ignore you, and short stories such as The Favour and The Good Ptisoner.
Frequently Asked Questions answered:
Football team: Arsenal FC
Snooker player: Ronnie O’Sullivan (who else!)
Food: Chips, Egg & Bacon Sarnie, McDonald’s (anything that isn’t Marmite or liver!)
Drink: Tea and Coffee
Hates: Reality TV
Plays: A Raisin in the Sun, A Room with a View
Novels: 1984, A Room with a View, Tale of Two Cities
Bands/Acts: Oasis, Primal Scream, Blur, Madness, Chas & Dave
TV Show: Walking Dead, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Billions, Black Mirror (of course), Friends, Pointless (Sorry), Homes Under the Hammer (what?), Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish
Current Car: VW Lupo
Swimming Level at School: Achieved Bronze and 800 metres
Degree Class: BA (hons) English Literature
What's the story behind your latest book?
I came up with The Chronicles of Maggie Zephyr because I absolutely adore dystopian action adventures. I love books like The Hunger Games and Divergent, and I feel Maggie Zephyr gives lovers of those books something a little different whilst being true to the genre.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been writing short stories for years and hadn't even tried to get an agent or publish a book. One lazy day a couple years ago I decided to write my first novel (yes, it really was as spontaneous as that), so I started outlining a story. Next thing I know, it's written, edited, and ready to go. Of course, then I approached roadblock after roadblock from agents. Obviously, I wanted it out there, so I thought "Why not self-publish?"
So I did. The first book didn't sell too well, but I wasn't overly disappointed because I was just happy to have achieved my dream — to finish a book. Then of course my next book was finished and I decided to get a little bit more professional about the whole thing. Before I knew it, I was making a tidy living from self-publishing, and I haven't looked back since that lazy day a couple years ago.