What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
Having led a very busy life, I am what you would call a late entry into the artistic world of writing.
Always having had a vivid imagination. I was always searching for the unbelievable and making it a reality.
I semi-retired, married and immigrated to the USA in 2005 (My, that was a busy year) I just couldn't adjust to a relaxed lifestyle. What can I do to keep my mind occupied? That was the question that constantly plagued my mind, a question that was only answered on the birth of a new family member. I was to write a children's book, something I could read to little Maddie when she stayed over.
After 50 years on this planet, everything now slotted into place!
The first book I can ever remember reading was The Frogs, what a fantastic book!
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
www.fullproofpublishing.com They really are a new age publisher. or Pashabooks.com That's a fun place for kids!
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
Juggling is what I do best. I juggle the ideas in my head and bounce them off of my wife. The hardest part for me is actually getting on the laptop and typing the words Chapter One.
I always have at least three books in my head at any given time. The Pasha trilogy was finished in my head long before I started the first book.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
I make it a point not to read for inspiration, that way I never have to check for plagiarism. I believe the best inspiration is self made, just look around your self with an open mind.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Now that is a tough question. Some authors find a formula that sells and stick with it. People’s interest has a short shelf life; Harry Potter is a testament to that.
A good novel must have enough bite to get you through the first chapter; once chapter two is started 90% will finish the book. So, I would say a good chapter One.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
The third is the only option here! People have evolved, there quest for inner knowledge is far greater than it was.
What well known writers do you admire most?
Steven King, What an imagination, keep on knocking them out Stevie!.
What is required for a character to be believable? How do you create yours?
A good author lives their charcters, it's the only way to really understand what makes them tick.
A believable charcter is the linch pin of every great work.
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
I am absolutely rubbish at this! Every time I try my hand at it, I find myself adding new bits and pieces.
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
I write for my readers, that is how I entice them to buy my books.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Writing is my form of reading! That's a strange answer I here you say, let me explain.
As I do not generally read to get inspiration, I just get the basic story down then read it through time and time again, each time adding more. Therefore I am writing to read. Life really is so simple if only people wouldn't make it complicated.
I have never had any internal conflicts to affect my imagination.
Does reader feed-back help you?
If I have engulfed the essence of my target audiences minds, then I should be told.
Do you participate in competitions? Have you received any awards?
No, I get more enjoyment out of seeing other people achieve their goals than I do.
I would much prefer to organise a competition than enter one, an example of which is the Young author of the year competition at www.fullproofpublishing.com/competition.htm
Do you share rough drafts of your writings with someone whose opinion you trust?
Yes but only to my trusted wife. Although a fairly honest profession, the whole point of writing a novel is to sell it when finished. Why spoil other people’s enjoyment by allowing them to read an unfinished work?
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
At last I can honestly say "I have found it" Writing is my way to spread enjoyment to a vast audience.
Show me an writer who has not found their voice and I will show you a luke warm author.
What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
Noone should put restraints on any artistry, this would only result in an inferior work.
What do you surround yourself with in your work area in order to help your concentrate?
I need nothing other than my keyboard as I am not where I am.
Do you write on a computer? Do you print frequently? Do you correct on paper? What is your process?
I only use my laptop, only printing to read a final draft. I once got to Chapter ten and lost the lot due to not backing up my work. Lifes a B****
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
I do not share with anyone; this is in fact the first honest insight into the author who goes by the name of T.C.C
ifreelance is a good site though, there are some really talented people on there.
What has been your experience with publishers?
They are the most stuffy closed door types that ever walked the earth!
I must add that my publisher fullproofpublishing.com is a breath of fresh air.
They guarantee to read every submission and respect the work each and every author puts into their manuscript.
As a whole the industry really does need a kick up the backside to bring them into this century. They do seem to realize that there are many superior writers that have yet to be published.
Fullproof have a saying the is very pertinent "The old boy's club is closed"
What are you working on now?
Wow! This page is not large enough! I am afraid you will have to wait and see.
Okay, I will share this with you; I am really excited about a science fiction project that is spinning around my brain cells.
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
Tidy them up and send them to fullproof www.fullproofpublishing.com they know only too well that there are hundreds of best sellers stuffed away in drawers.
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