Gavin Hetherington (born 7 May 1992) is a British writer. Gavin began writing fiction and fantasy as a child. In 2006, one of Gavin’s short stories won a nationwide competition to be included in a children’s anthology of short stories written entirely by secondary school children. The anthology book, Telling T.A.L.E.S. Adventure into Fiction, Vol. 1, was published on 30 November 2006 in the United Kingdom.
Gavin’s debut novel, titled Abyssal Sanctuary: Remnants of the Damned was published exclusively on the Amazon Kindle store on 9 October 2013, and will be the first in a long-line of novels in the Abyssal Sanctuary series. The book reached #1 in the United States in the Top Free Dark Fantasy books on Amazon.com with over 2,100 sales in four days. His debut novel has so far sold over 5,000 units worldwide.
What inspires you to write?
I write purely because it’s the best release of the imagination for me. My imagination is pretty crazy, so to channel that vision that is locked away in my head and translate it to paper is an exhilerating feeling. Reading the books I love inspires me to try my best at doing the same thing writers have been doing for years. A love and appreciation of the craft is what inspires me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I have a part-time job and go to college ready for University in 2014 so it’s very hard to keep a consistant work ethic when I always have work to do at home for college and my part-time job takes up the rest of the time, so I have to squeeze writing in whenever I can. I plan things to a T before I can write. Knowing what I am going to write benefits me in the long run. I have so many ideas that I have to write them down to make sense of them and put them in an order that appears good.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t necessarily talk to my characters, but I feel like they talk to me sometimes, and I try to ignore them because I put them through hell and they’re begging for a reprieve, but it wouldn’t make a good story if everything was sunny all the time. I try to do what’s best for the characters and I try to avoid the stereotypical route of what people would expect. I completely disregard the feelings of my characters though I try to give them some moments of bliss.
What advice would you give other writers?
Come up with a killer story you’re excited about. If you’re excited about it, then others will be. Write all of your ideas down and put them in a clear, chronological order and write. If you can let your words run without having to plan to a T, then just write and the words will come to you. If you’re like me and you’re worried you will come to a dead end because you didn’t see ahead clearly enough, then write out the story in a coherent order, maybe go chapter-by-chapter, and then work it out from there.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve always wanted to be a published writer ever since I read the first Harry Potter book. I wanted to be J. K. Rowling so badly I would try my hand at writing stories about witches and ghosts. They were never really any good, but it felt good to write them and that was when I knew I wanted to learn the craft and try to become better. I think I gradually got better as time went on, and as every draft went on. I had been planning Abyssal Sanctuary for six years before I decided to take the leap and I am very glad I did. The timing may be off because I’m swamped with so much at once, but I wouldn’t take back the positivity the publication has given me.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It depends. I see a lot of people go the self-publish for the Kindle route. It’s in our human nature to choose the easiest thing to do over the hardest and it is so hard to get a traditional publisher to get your book out there. Self-publishing gives you all of the control and you can see everything behind the scenes. You know exactly what is going on, so I think the more aspiring authors realise this, then they will want to jump on the bandwagon.
What genres do you write?
Urban fantasy, Horror, Supernatural, Paranormal, Suspence, Drama, Romance, LGBT
What formats are your books in?