David Cuff built a four-decade career in operations management and logistics, in the UK and then Western Australia, before reaching a point in his life where he wanted to engage in something completely different; hence his first book, “The Last Noah”. In his earlier years, he read most of the works of Isaac Asimov, which gave him an interest in sci-fi books with a superb plot, but which explore social science fiction as well. He now lives in Leicestershire, and also composes classical-style music.
What inspires you to write?
I was inspired to write my first book by my love of 'social' science fiction. As a younger person, I very much enjoyed reading most of the works of Isaac Asimov. I hope that you'll find my book to be written in a similar vein. I was also motivated by my desire to do something creative in my life which, hopefully, will bring enjoyment to many readers.
Tell us about your writing process.
First of all, I prepare a basic outline before starting to write, but from then on I'm basically a seat of the pants writer. Any aspects of the plot derived from the initial outline seem to change as I progress through the work…. I get fresh, new ideas in my head, and develop those as I go along. This, I hope, makes the plot fresh, interesting and full of twists and turns.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
In my first novel, the characters were loosely based on various aspects of the personalities of people whom I have known during my life, including myself. This meant that I built a close relationship with them as I constructed and then developed their personalities. My ability to closely communicate with them ensured that I wrote about them in a very human, realistic way.
Who are your favorite authors?
As mentioned above, many years ago I really enjoyed reading most of the works of Isaac Asimov, especially The Foundation Trilogy which is well up there in the league of all-time best books. I've also enjoyed some of the works of George Orwell, and recently read 1984 and Animal Farm.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
After quite extensive research into the various options, I decided to self-publish initially, as I wanted to get my book into the marketplace quickly. This was so that I could 'test the waters' and see if it had a chance of selling well, without having to wait for the seemingly slower process of the traditional publishing route.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It's difficult to know what to think at the moment… there is so much change taking place with the huge forward strides taken in recent years by the on-line publishing and marketing arenas .
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What formats are your books in?
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