Colin Guest, A.K.A Tigerman, is a writer in various genre. His books are available in both digital and audio format. After working in fourteen countries in different parts of the world, Colin has lived a life most only dream. He now lives in Istanbul with his wife and their cat Bella.
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What inspires you to write?
As I am retired I have plenty of time on my hands. Given as I have always liked reading books, I thought it would be good to write one myself. My first book was a memoir about my nineteen years of working in fourteen countries spread through the Middle, Far East, and North Africa. The book was meant to show that there is more to life than a boring 9-5 job. One thing is certain, readers will see that I lived a life most only dream
Tell us about your writing process.
I am basically a seat of the pants writer. I just think up the basics for a story and start to write, and make the characters in my books as life-like as possible. I want readers to get to know the inside of the main characters minds. How they think and what makes them act as they do. I always try and make my stories as intersting as I can, with the situations the main characters face as real life as possible.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I try and put myself into some of the situations that my characters find themselves in. What would I do if faced with the challenges I put them in. I must point out that this only applies to my adventure/thriller books. In my erotic romance stories, I let my mind loose and rely on things mentioned in books of this nature I have read.
Who are your favorite authors?
Clive Cussler, Lee Child, Edgar Lustbaden, Dan Brown, Tom Clancy and Chris Ryan.
When I pick up one of Lee Childs books featuring Reacher, I have a job to put it down. This series is full of action in all sorts of situations.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I wrote my first book that was my memoir, I knew nothing about publishing. On coming across a publishing company that sounded interesting and affordable, I called and spoke to a lady who I later found was a sales lady. When she mentioned the price that they would be selling my book for, I said it was far to high. After her saying I could lower this cost, I then signed a contract with them. On speaking to another lady dealing with publishing, to my shock and dismay, she said it was not possible to lowere the cost of my book. Although they did an excellent job of printing, due I feel sure to the exhorbient cost, only one copy of my book was sold. Years later I found that this company had a bad reputaion and used a number of different names. Due to this, when I wrote my next and future books, I used Draft2Digital. This company I found to be most helpful. Last year I was aproached by two companies interested in publishing my books on the same day. As a result, I put all my published books with Endevour Media. A new book I had just finished, I gave to Liquid Gold Publishing company. They then published it in both digital and a print version.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I have had a number of my books made into audiobooks. This I think is the future of publishing, and a good way fo authors to get more publicity and the possibility of selling more books.
What genres do you write?
Non Fiction, but mainly fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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