Lee works in the Travel industry but has recently had his first Children’s Picture Book published. With three children ranging from 19 Months old – 11 Years old, Lee has had plenty of experience in reading Children’s books to his girls. These years of experience have given Lee the confidence to write his own stories.
What inspires you to write?
Writing for me is a great way to wind down after a long stressful day doing the 9 – 5 job. Just to get thoughts, feelings and ideas down onto paper is a great way of dealing with all the thoughts and ideas you have running around in your head.
I also thoroughly enjoy the challenge of having a simple idea and trying to add layers and context to it, to make into something you think your target audience would love to read.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don't think of myself as an author, i have ideas and like to get them down onto paper, more often than not they do not amount to anything but its more of a mechanism to make my life more calm and less stressed. I never set out at the beginning thinking this will be my next book, it's just thoughts, ideas and observations that over time sometimes shape into something that resembles a book, that's when a little more focus on character and plot development starts to happen. I try not to put time constraints on myself in any of my writing as it then feels forced and not organic.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often have conversations with my characters or even ask them what they would do in certain situations. As all my writings are Children;s picture books its a great way to let out your inner child!
Who are your favorite authors?
For the purpose of Children's books, it's Julia Donaldson, David Walliams, Gracie Wright and Francesca Simon.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to publish with my publisher as they truly believed in my story and the message attached to it. It meant a lot to know that somebody within the industry thought the book was a good idea too and not just something that you yourself think is good. For a new writer like myself the knowledge and confidence they gave me was invaluable as i'm not sure i would have had the confidence to pursue the book if i had tried to self publish.
However now having had the experience and knowing what it takes to get a book 'out there' i wouldn't feel so daunted in tackling it through self publishing if the opportunity arose.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Being new to the industry its hard to say as i do not really have a point of reference from before. It seems to me though that there are a great deal more opportunities for people to publish books, be it either through a publisher or self published. For me that's a great thing as i believe everybody has a story to tell
What genres do you write?
Children's, Picture Books,
What formats are your books in?
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