Some of you may have seen the post titled “Indie Collaboration Presents.”
This is a collection of short stories by some of the most talented indie authors around. Tales from Dark Places is the first of these offerings, hopefully to be followed by a few more. To celebrate its release I have interviewed some of the authors…
Welcome to Peter John
Please tell us a little about yourself. I was born in Bromley Kent, England in 1973. I gained an interest in creative writing at the age of 14 and was published during the 1990s in several poetry anthologies. I have been happily married to Jo since 1996 and I am currently living in Sidcup Kent, not so far from the tree.
Please tell us about the story you are offering for the Indie Collaboration anthology? It’s a short physiological chiller about an unseen evil.
Is this your normal genre? Tell us a little about your other works. It’s not exactly my normal genre. I have been mainly writing comedy. My book ‘Dead Medium’ is a paranormal comedy.
Do you find shorter stories more difficult to write than a novel/novella? The shorter works take less time generally yet fitting everything into a restricted number of works can be rather tricky at times.
Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? For Dead Medium I drew mostly from experience but I did score the internet clarification on some issues that arose.
In what formats are your other books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these? (If applicable) Dead Medium is available on Kindle and paperback. I have no plans as yet to expand on these but I would love to produce an audio book sometime in the future.
Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I do self edit, however, I believe that nobody should edit their work solely by themselves. I have yet to meet anyone who can successfully locate all and every error in their own work no matter how deeply they delve into it. Professional edits can be costly and not always comprehensively thorough. I would always advise authors to get their work proof read by as many people as possible prior to publishing.
How important is a high quality cover to you? It is the shop window of your book and a poor cover can make readers baulk before even turning the first page so yes a well thought out and good quality cover is very important. We at The Indie Collaboration are very lucky to have Book Birdy Designs (http://bookbirdydesigns.wordpress.com) producing our anthology covers.
What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews? I don’t think it is advisable to comment on the reviews of your own book. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and, no matter how good your book is, not everybody in the world will like it.
Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write? No, silence is oh so golden.
What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? When you read a book your own imagination mixes in with the authors words to make it a completely unique and personal experience.
What advice would you give new writers? Never give up, never surrender.
What are your best marketing/networking tips? Get your work out there and in as many places as possible. Most readers won’t buy a book until they have first seen it mentioned in several different places.
Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? Science fiction and fantasy. It was Piers Anthony’s Xanth series that turned my opinion of reading from being a school-time chore into a pleasure to behold.
Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? Ask me a question and if I don’t know the answer I generally respond by saying “Cheesy beans”.
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