I am a writer from South Wales. My life isn’t very interesting, so my imagination has to compensate – hence my stories. I don’t include a lot of description in my writing, because I think it’s important that the reader imagines the characters and scenarios for themselves. I wrote my first novella at the age of fourteen, and I haven’t really stopped since then! I don’t really write certain genres, so I end up trying to fit my books in somewhere after I finish them. This probably isn’t the best way to go about it, but hey. Rules are made to be broken.
What inspires you to write?
Mostly the need to get the stories out of my head. I mean, where else are they going to go? It would be a shame if they were never heard. My main motivation is the need for recognition, I suppose. Also, I just really love to write, which is fortunate, or I wouldn’t make a very good author.
Tell us about your writing process.
Let’s see…first, I get an idea in my head. Then I might make an illegible mindmap. I do all my writing on the computer, because I edit as I go along. If I can read my terrible handwriting, I use the mindmap to help me, though by now the first chapter is usually all planned out in my head. I start writing, and don’t stop until something distracts me. The usual culprits are Tumblr and hunger. Hey, that rhymes! Good thing I’m a writer and not a poet. My poetry would be very banal.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Um…no. Should I? That doesn’t seem very constructive. They talk to and interact with each other, of course. That’s how most stories are born. I think it would be strange to meet one of your characters, seeing as you’re his/her creator. Would they have to treat you like a god? Weird.
What advice would you give other writers?
To write. Otherwise, you are not a writer, obviously. There really isn’t anything more to it than that. If you write lots, you will get good at it. If you don’t, you will probably suck. Simples.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I knew it was highly unlikely I would get a traditional deal, considering the length (or rather shortness) of my work, and the fact that I’m not so good with genres. Also, I am a control freak, and I like eReaders, so eBooks seemed to be the way forward.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Obviously, self-publishing will continue to increase, which is a good thing, although sadly, bookstores will probably become quite rare. I think a few will stick around, though. Owning physical books will be cool, like owning vinyl. I think eBooks will need some quality control in the future. A lot of them, the free ones especially, could use some improvement (to put it tactfully).
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