I’ve always been interested in books. This goes back as far back as my primary school days. I’ve been an avid reader of Enid Blyton’s books for many years. My favorite series being “The Secret Seven” and “The Famous Five.”
I’ve wanted to write a book for some time, and the advent of eBooks, self-publishing and Kindle have given me the perfect platform to write my debut novel. It’s called “Anne and Stan’s Magical Salt and Pepper Pot Adventures,” and published as an eBook in September 2013. This book is now available as a paperback book, using payment on demand. I have also written a short, education & reference eBook. It’s called “Halloween, What’s It All About?” – and this was published October 2013
I am now in the very early stages of setting out my initial ideas for my second novel, which I plan to have ready for publishing by the Spring of 2014.
Today, I live in Wroughton, Wiltshire, England. You’ll find me in my office Book-keeping, in-respect of my own self-employment business.
What inspires you to write?
As I mentioned earlier, I have always had a love of books. As a young child, I was always writing about something or other. I can remember writing a very short story about our Milkman, and my Mother really enjoyed reading it, and I was asked to read it, to our visitors! Great memories!
Another inspiration comes from reading Enid Blyton books, as a young child. These days, I find writing a kind of escape. It gives me my own space, and it’s a time that I can use my very own ideas, and imagination.
Tell us about your writing process.
At the moment, I can only write in my spare time, as I still have my day-time work to do. To that end, when I do find the right time to express myself with my writing, it can feel so special. I do find it useful to have a specific note book, so that I can jot down any ideas that suddenly come into my head! and it’s also a great place to write down things to follow-up on.
My characters are usually fixed in my mind before I start to write. It’s also very likely that I will add a few more characters to the story-line as the story unfolds. So far, I have prepared my own cover and illustrations for my Children’s book, but I hope to make use of some software in the future.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
No, I can’t confess to talking to my characters. I do however, enjoy creating and expressing, their individual personalities.
What advice would you give other writers?
I’m at a stage in my writing career where I am very much learning about the whole process, on a daily basis. So giving advice is not so easy for me to do, as this time in my development. Having said that, the obvious things that come to mind would be: keep writing, express yourself through your writing, don’t give up, share your work as it develops, with other people, feedback can be very important!
Always be nice to readers and fellow authors. Do your best to support each other. Promote their work.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
The opportunity to self-publish my books through Kindle has been my major source. The world of e-publishing has really opened up, and I feel that this platform makes writing and publishing much more open to everyone. I would also like to add that the opportunities to prepare a paperback book, through payment on demand services, have been such a great help.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I like eBooks, and the growth in this market is there for everybody to see. This format has enabled myself to learn more about other authors, at the fraction of the cost. I certainly don’t see the end of printed books, not at least in the short term. I still prefer to see Children’s pictures books in the printed format. It will however, be interesting to see how the market continues to develop in the future.
What genres do you write?
Children’s books, fiction, young-adults, education & reference
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print