James Murdo was born and raised in London, where he still lives. He graduated from university with a Masters degree in Physics, which added fuel to his early love of science fiction. His favourite book, hands down, is The Algebraist, by Iain M Banks.
What inspires you to write?
Science – theories, news, personal musings. All of it. Aside from that, I have an overactive imagination, which helps.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am a bad outliner. I often try to draft a plot, but it becomes pointless as I really enjoy letting stories take on a life of their own. I believe there's some credence to the notion that we merely "discover" stories, as oppose to make them up.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
One of my characters talks to me – DeVoid. He's similar to the genie in Aladdin in some respects.
Who are your favorite authors?
Banks, Brin, Niven, Herbert, Reynolds, Asimov, Simmons, Tolkien, Milton, Lewis, Stross, and many, many more.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Self-publish. Many reasons, aside from and including the difficulty of finding an agent, then a publisher. Predominantly, you have control and speed on your side when you self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Barriers to self-publishing are breaking down, and authors themselves have become a large market/target (for various writing/proofing/editing softwares, advertising mechanisms and so on) for many businesses. Overall, it's harder to establish a career, but easier to put yourself in the running.
What genres do you write?
Cerebral Science Fiction – mainly Space Opera.
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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