You have totally read every word I wrote about how I write a story, and you met some of the characters from Deduction and Fluctuation. So let’s finish off on a lighter note.
Hey ho. Let’s go!
What’s your favorite thing to write about?
People. Human interactions. I suppose, the human nature in general.
How do you choose names for your characters?
With immense difficulty. I look through baby name websites, go to cemeteries and read the headstones, look through movie credits etc. I spends weeks screaming at a character for not revealing their name to me.
Can you do other things while writing? (e.g. eating, listening to music, etc.)
I take in oxygen. I blink. Sometimes I also eat.
If your book was made into a movie, who would play the main character?
Wow, that’s a difficult one to answer. The production studio would probably choose whoever they think will sell the most, right?! It’s also difficult for me to say because they are full characters of their own in my head. Any actor I think of just feels a little wrong because it’s not who the character is to me. If I had to choose though, for Deduction, I would want Hailee Steinfeld as Ellie. And Jared Leto as Isaac.
Do you outline, or make the story up as you go?
As we discovered in part 1, I outline everything, in great detail.
Which one of your characters are you most similar to?
Well, I suppose they all have an aspect of me in them. I’m probably most similar to Charlie from Fluctuation. Or, I was, at that age.
Which of your characters do you wish you had never created?
I don’t think I have one. They all serve a purpose in the story they are in.
Do you let other people read your writing?
Not often. But I’m trying to change that.
What’s the oddest thing you know about one of your characters?
Oh, I know many odd things about many of my characters, but it would spoil the fun to share them.
Ellie doesn’t like magpies. This fact never plays a part in anything during Deduction. It’s just a little thing I know about her that came up in a conversation I had with her once.
What is the very first story you remember writing/have record of?
Ooo, good question. I remember writing a story about a boy that wakes up one morning, flys out of his bedroom window, meets a snarky crow also flying around, who takes the boy to meet with a frog that needs his help. The frog lives in a pond, but because of the hot weather the pond has started to evaporate and the frog needs the boy to save her frogspawn. I also remember a story about a dragon that wanted to be a vegetarian. I can’t remember which story came first, or if either of them were my very first.
The very first serious story I tried to write was a typical medieval fantasy story full of all the stereotypical tropes. It was about a servant that escapes his village after it is attacked by an evil dark force. The servant gathers an army of local farmers to help fight back, and gets a little help along the way by a witch, a shapeshifting gnome, and a star. There was a lot of fourth wall breaking and an attempt to be funny. It was as bad as it sounds. XD Fortunately, it has long since been lost to time.
Do you have a day job as well as writing?
Yes. I am a Senior Business Intelligence Officer working for the NHS.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
The genre chose me.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
In a way. If I can’t write anything good that day, I simply move on to researching something or just walk away for the day. Because I’m not working with an editor/publisher I can take my time.
How do you come up with a title?
Titles are normally one of the last things that come to me. Often when a story is finished. I said it in part 1, but I never want a title to drive a story, so I very purposely don’t choose one. For instance, if I decided a story was called ‘The Apple of John’, I would feel the need to make the apple from John an important thread throughout, and it would force the story in ways that it doesn’t want to go. I would rather write a story and then realise that John’s apple plays a part throughout. I also like to pick a title that could have multiple meanings and references to the story, and I can’t really do that until the story is complete.
Do you have a favourite quote about writing?
“This is how you do it: you sit down at the keyboard and you put one word after another until it’s done. It’s that easy, and that hard.” – Neil Gaiman
Do you read as well as write?
Yes. Obvs. You can’t write well if you don’t read well.
Are you writing stand-alone books, or a series/trilogy?
I think I would only ever write standalone stories. I know I would get bored trying to write a trilogy or series. But I intend to have all my stories set in the same universe.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
As a writer – a racoon. As a person – a jackdaw.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Oh, easy, Matilda and James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. It’s a draw.
And finally, do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I don’t think it’s my place to guess how many people will find them?
And that is the end of my three part The Rising Author Tag. It’s been thorough and I know that isn’t for everyone, but I want to thank those of you that have read it all. I appreciate the support you continue to give me.
From now on, these posts will be less frequent, maybe just two a month or so. I have plans to do some character interviews and discussions and to have some ‘guest posts’ from the characters. It’s going to be a fun journey.
Anyway, I’m off to visit a graveyard. Until next time, Peace and Love!