Interview with Awesome Gang – Part two

What other books have influenced you?

This is a real toughy. All of them to some degree. I am in my late fifties and have been reading all my life. The great Anthony Burgess didn’t distinguish between ‘Literature’ and other genres, in what makes a great novel. I have read much Science Fiction, but mostly written last century. I think great novels are timeless. Great Sci Fi can be superseded by time and technology, but the ideas and the characters carry on. “Slan,” by AE Van Vogt is as brilliant today as when it was written. But a space ship travelling at 300mph. Things have moved on.

A good novel, like good music is priceless, wherever it comes from.

Sci Fi, Asimov, Clarke, Simak, Van Vogt, Card

Fantasy, Tolkien, Donaldson, Peake, Silverberg, Moorcock

Aldous Huxley is a genius.

Lit, Burgess, Fowles, L Durrell, Hesse, Camus, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Greene.

Action (thoughtful), Deighton, Clavell, Brown, Yoshikawa.

Humour, Sharp, Adams, Moorcock, Elton, Bryson.

Classic, Dickens, Voltaire, Balzac, Goethe.

That’s enough of lists. Modern stuff. I liked The Girl With All The Gifts, by MR Carey. I missed him at this year’s Swecon, as I was only there for a few hours. Pity.

I think Philip Pullman is brilliant, and George RR Martin. I loved Game of Thrones, Ayra Stark is an awesome character.

What are you working on now?

Three concurrent projects.

I am writing the second book in the Polly Granger Series, sequel to The Lift. Set five years after Polly meets up with Walter and André.

As yet untitled, the fourth book in the Friendship Series is well underway, and finally treading water is Vigilante. This was originally two connected short stories in my book Equations Of Being. I always felt it could grow into a novel, and it’s about 20 chapters in. A superhero noir.

Any advice for new authors?

Yes, copyright your book, and don’t blog every chapter. The second caused me massive headaches with Amazon. The first fixed it.

What’s the best advice you ever had?

That’s a pretty broad question. My Dad told me it’s better to be half an hour early than five minutes late. I guess we can apply that to all situations, even preparing a book for publishing.

What are you reading now?

Dan Brown’s new book, Origin. Very good.

What’s next for you as a writer?

More writing, more travel, which often inspires writing, both in content, and opportunity. Audio books.

What books would you take on to a desert island?

The ones I have read again and again.

Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire, Coleen McCulloch’s Masters Of Rome, I missed her out, absolutely brilliant, and Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse.

Thank you

 

 

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Interview with Awesome Gang .com Part One

Tell us about yourself? How many books have you written?

So, I have written 7 books so far. The first two were Philosophical novels about a Boy who is mentored by Death and travels through time and history learning about life. These were privately published. Death was a mix of Death from Terry Pratchett’s brilliant books, and Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal. I used one Chapter, which was set in Space, in my book of short stories, Equations Of Being.

So at the beginning of 2014, I was hospitalised for a month. I was writing a lot of poetry at the time. I had written several poetry books, so that’s 9 books in total, forgot about those. I wrote a poem in Accident & Emergency about what was happening to me and that was how my friends found out what where I was. I like emailing my stuff out for feedback.

Anyway I’m stuck in hospital, can’t work, can barely leave the ward. My one advantage is I have been taught to be positive.

I have great friends who visit me every day. They talked me out of my first plan to be a professional backgammon player in Monte Carlo and Geneva. Writing this, I’m a little sad about that. I thought it was a corker.

So I think it would be a crack to make a graphic novel and go to Comicon. One of my good friends was a brilliant artist. He was too busy to do the artwork. So, I look online for a Sci Fi convention, and find Swecon, Sweden’s National Convention and book in as an author.

Well, I left hospital in February and the convention was in July. I wrote my book of short stories. My friend did a great cover for me, but couldn’t come to Sweden.

Another friend, the author and illustrator, Faramond Frie, offered to come with me and help. Good job, because I would never have coped flying to Stockholm and getting a train across Sweden with two suitcases full of books.

It changed both our lives, and like all pebbles thrown in ponds, has sent its ripples out in to the ‘Verse.

Our adventures sparked off Revenge Of The Hrym, and the books that were to follow.

What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?

My latest book is Beano Grigio. It’s the third book in The Friendship Series.

I mentioned in a previous interview it was based on a joke. The band I am in were trying to come up with a name, and I came up with Beano Grigio. I thought it was brilliant. No one else did. Too good to waste, I made it the title of my next book.

Lucky really because it’s my best book so far.

Do you have any unusual writing habits?

What like sitting in a bowl of custard with a windmill on my hat?

I can write anywhere but I write best in the mornings, often after waking. I need time, and to be relaxed. Years ago, I could only write with a pen. Unfortunately, the writing process is so urgent with the flow of creativity, and comes out so fast, I had trouble reading my writing. That is a little troublesome, especially as sometimes individual words can be quite specific, and important.

Now I write straight into Notes on my smart phone. This is great, because I read it through, spotting errors. Then I send it to a few friends by email, both because that is satisfying, and also, it’s good to get feedback.

I will read it through a couple more times, because I enjoy it, which is good, but I also pick up a few more commas, and maybe tiny alterations, and email myself the edit.

Later I transfer it into Word, which picks up all kinds of errors, and finally into the final publishing software, ready for my proof readers.

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Bristol Conversation

Tell you about Gothenburg?
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My friend Faramond Frie and I have been invited by Swedish publisher Andra Varldar to go and sign books at the Gothernburg Book Fair. It’s the largest book fair in Europe apparently.
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Pleased, I should say. Their own authors will be there of course. Andra Varldar will have the books available for sale and I have an hour slot on the Saturday afternoon for signing. It’s all incredibly well organised by Anna Vintersvard from Andra Varldar.
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At the moment I’m finishing off my next book, Beano Grigio. I had hoped it would be ready for Gothenburg but it didn’t work out. I often work well with time pressure. Equations Of Being was very last minute before Swecon 2014 but that was short stories, which I guess are easier to get together. I have a vague notion about Beano Grigio but I have no idea how it’s going to end.
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Well each book is a stand alone novel, but this is the third in a series that started with the Rabbit Chronicles, and then The Adventures Of Miss Ann Thrope.
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Well a few characters are in each book but there are new characters appearing or developing.
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Beano Grigio? Well he’s a confidence trickster who becomes involved with the friends.
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The name? Well it was a joke really. The band I’m in was looking for a name and I came up with Beano Grigio. Nobody else was impressed but I loved it, and decided it was too good to waste, so I based my next book on it.
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Actually my whole writing is done spontaneously. I never know what’s coming until I write it, which is really exciting. With the novels though, I get themes to develop. A friend of mine was sailing across the Atlantic so I have put him in the book.
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Well he becomes a mentor to one of the main characters, a young boy who has trained as a warrior and assassin. That old chestnut.
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What’s next? Well I know where I’m going to go, I’ve even written the first page. Got to finish Beano first. Funnily enough I was thinking yesterday of doing two side by side.

It’s a bit like learning two languages. I found I had to discipline myself. Compartmentalise. However I think one at a time is saner. I imagined getting the stories all mixed up.
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I did have a horror story I was going to write ages ago but got lost on the way. It would be nice to do something different.
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Well thank you. I’ll let you know how it goes.

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