Welcome to my blog David. Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions about yourself, your books and your first book 'The Seed Garden'.
Q. Tell us about your latest work—title, genre, etc. — and why you wrote it?
A. Flight of the Tristan - suddenly got the idea! (still with proof reader)
Q. What draws you to your genre(s)? Why is this type of story compelling to you?
A. I like the old type sci-fi. ADVENTURE
Q. What is your writing process like? Do you map the whole thing out or do you just let it unfold?
A. Get an idea and start writing- don't know where it will lead - most times!
Q. What kind of research was involved in writing your book?
A. Have good knowledge of science etc just had to check some navel data
Q. How much of YOU makes it into your characters?
A. My readers say 'quite a bit'. I look at how I would react quite a lot
Q. When did you first start writing?
A. I first wrote sci-fi in 1998
Q. How do you balance the need to have time to write with the needs of family, society, etc.?
A. Fits in nicely
Q. When your are able to take time away from your business what do you do for fun and relaxation?
A. Sailing, horse-back riding, building a real-time 3D computer game. Working with electronics – experimenting
Q. Does being a writer run in your family?
A. Not that I know of
Q. Have there been any authors in particular, that inspired your writing?
A. Yes - all the old masters - Clarke - Russle - Asimov - Aldiss - Harrison - Heinlein etc
Q. Is there a story you want to tell behind or about your work(s)?
A. Not really - but I have written a section of my life from 1939 to 1946 - mainly 'cos so many friends have asked me to - very rich time in my life!
Q. Which of your thirteen books was your first?
A. I now have 14 books, and one more half finished – the first was The Seed Garden
Q. Which is your favorite and why?
A. That’s difficult – Seed Garden for idea and content, and Inosculation Syndrome for sheer adventure
Q. What other projects are you currently working on or about to start?
A. Real time 3d computer game - God, it's difficult, but I am getting there - bits of game come into some of my stories!
Q. Could you share some of your marketing strategies? Which ones are the most effective in your opinion?
A. Smashwords - can't beat 'em!
Q. Would you consider having your works published by a major publishing company?
A. Yes, don’t see why not. I did try that route, but it’s a bit like pushing toothpaste back up the tube!
Q. What would be the top five, (or 3 or 1 or however many) things you would tell aspiring authors?
A. Keep at it - don't be put off - reread and rewrite, again and again if necessary until you can't improve it any more - take a rest, and do it again!
Again, thanks David for taking the time to share your knowledge with us. We appreciate you and your work.
Good luck with your current and future publications.
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