Yes and no. I think they are losing popularity, with ebooks cannibalising sales, but I don’t think the old-fashioned hardback or paperback will vanish entirely. As much as there are significant benefits to the ebook phenomenon, both for readers and writers, there will always be millions of people (myself included) who appreciate a well-produced physical book, and enjoy a large library. There is room for all types of books, digital and print, and options are never a bad thing.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
Marketing is definitely the hardest and is something that all authors struggle with, regardless if they are self-published, published by a small press, or published by one of the Big Five. Making people aware of your work is a constant battle, and no author can afford to ignore this.
To put this into perspective, when J.K. Rowling published The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, only 500 copies of the book were sold initially. Sales jumped by 4,000 percent once it was revealed that the author was really Rowling, which shows that having a big publisher behind you isn’t enough on its own to generate interest. The book would likely have continued to have modest sales were it not for this revelation.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Most definitely. I aim to write at least one book a year going forward, though this will obviously depend on many factors, including my day job and other commitments. Regardless, I plan to write and publish indefinitely. Writing is a core part of who I am, and has been for a very long time.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
I also work as a technology journalist, so technically I write full-time, albeit in very different ways.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I write on my PC in my office. I do, however, have a pen and paper by my bedside for those middle of the night ideas.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I like to play video games, watch TV, read, or socialise.
How often do you write? And when do you write?
I wrote on most days, usually several times a day. My fiction work tends to get done in the late evening or night time. I am generally not a morning person.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going?
Sheer will and determination. If I want a book to be done, then I have to write it. I usually set deadlines for myself to push myself more.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I hope people find they have read an enjoyable story, with an interesting plot and intriguing characters. I hope that they will learn a lesson, feel moved, or come away pondering something deep and meaningful. I hope the reader finds the language used something that will make them want to read the book again.
What’s your favorite meal?
I like variety, with many flavours, a hint of spice, and some kind of sauce or marinade. I strongly dislike dry food, and am not a huge fan of meat, but will eat some. I don’t have one specific food that I would eat more than any others, but I do like Chinese and Italian cuisine.
What color represents your personality the most?
Blue. It is my favourite colour, and I think most people pick a colour they can relate with for their favourite colour, and this can perhaps reveal something about their personality. The reality, of course, is that we are, or at least have the potential to be, the entire prism, focusing on a different colour in a different circumstance or environment, or when around different people.
THE DYING BREATH. THE DYING WILL. THE DYING HOPE.
After the catastrophe of the Call of Agon, Ifferon and his companions find themselves in the unenviable situation of witnessing, and partaking in, the death of another god—this time Corrias, the ruler of the Overworld.
With Corrias locked inside the corpse of the boy Théos, he suffers a fate worse than the bonds of the Beast Agon. Yet hope is kindled when the company find a way to restore the boy, and possibly the god, back to life.
The road to rebirth has many pitfalls, and there are some who consider such meddling with the afterlife a grave risk. The prize might be life anew—but the price might also be a second death.
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Genre - Epic Fantasy
Rating – PG
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