Q. AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?
The moment you finish your first story or article, however short, you can call yourself a writer.
Q. WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?
An author is a published writer conveying his ideas and stories. A writer writes not only about his opinion but also describes facts and relates news stories.
Q. HAVE YOU EVER CONSIDERED WRITING UNDER A PSEUDONYM, AND WHY OR WHY NOT?
I have never considered writing under a pseudonym. I have no reason for it.
Q. WHAT DO THE WORDS “WRITER’S BLOCK” MEAN TO YOU?
Writer’s block is like ending on a cul-de-sac in the journey of your thoughts. The ideas stop flowing, and you can’t make progress in your story. The way to avoid it is to write whatever comes to your mind, even if it doesn’t make much sense at that point. The more you write, the more you unblock your thoughts.
Q. HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?
Every person that gives a review is their opinion that doesn’t necessarily coincide with everyone else. From a negative review, I take what I can improve.
Q. ARE THERE THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS TO MODELING A CHARACTER AFTER SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
There are benefits to modelling a character after someone you know; it is easier to describe the character as you can borrow your favourite traits from the real person. It is very satisfying to see the character develop and come to life just as you imagined it to be.
Q.. WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
One of my biggest challenges was writing in English since it is not my first language. Although having lived in the UK for thirty years, all my thoughts are in English.
I had so many characters and subplots that it was challenging to organise the whole book. So I had to draw out the scenes and the character’s physiques and make a wall chart where I could place carton cards containing a summary of each chapter to set up a storyboard from the initial, middle and final scenes.
Q .HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?
Since I was very young, I have loved reading and writing.
Every day, I spent hours imagining characters and situations and then would sit down and write for hours.
I would be inspired by anything I would see in my surroundings, and I would come up with a story just by looking at the cloud shapes. Fiction and adventure were my favourite subjects, and I felt very inspired by Jules Verne and Alexander Dumas, amongst many other adventure writers.
At 17, I finished my first handwritten book; it was a collection of children’s stories, which my friends and family enjoyed. But I had so many other interests and hobbies, so I did not see writing as something I should pursue and took it only as a pastime.
I concentrated my efforts on my university degree and my passion for software programming and astronomy projects. Writing became something that I used to do, nothing more.
More than thirty years after that first book, I found myself wondering, “What If..?” I believe that it is never too late when you are determined to achieve something, so I started to get back into writing.
Writing a book in English was an amazing challenge for me, plus I had to do it while working full-time.
It has taken me five years to see my book project finished, and I hope readers find it as fascinating as I do.
Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?
Write everything that comes to your mind, and turn your ideas into words, sentences, paragraphs, chapters and sections. Let your imagination flow as you write and enjoy every moment. Then you can work on the storyline structure, dialogue and refining the characters. Set your goals and celebrate every milestone that you achieve.
Q. WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU –THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS — AND WHY?
This does depend on the story. Sometimes a character comes to you while working on a plot, and sometimes the character’s behaviour causes a new plot to be created. While reviewing the book storyline, sometimes you need to remove characters to make the plot simpler. So I would say that characters and plots are interrelated throughout the story and it is very important to get the right combination of vivid characters and exciting plots to create a compelling and enjoyable story.
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