1. Can you tell our reader a little about you?
So, I'm an 18 year old English guy who is into writing, a lot. I write poetry, sometimes, and novels are my main focus, with an emphasis on large storytelling if I can muster the time to do so. I'm currently a student finishing up exams in the hopes I can get into a university in Leeds for a Creative Writing degree. Having said that, I do suffer from something known as Widespread Chronic Pain syndrome, which is a condition that gives me constant muscular pain all day, every day. Kind of a bummer and has shut off many previous interests, but I realised that writing stories and all of the creative processing available was something I could fully indulge and commit towards, leading to where I am now.
2. I understand that your book is not out ...yet... but can you tell us what to expect in?
The book's title is 'Stand to Resist: The Shield of Kelan', and previously was independently published with KDP before I got with Wild Dreams Publishing, who are working on releasing a refined version professionally. What to expect
hopefully should be the exciting part. Stand to Resist is set within a dieselpunk world, with outlandish technology using the fuels and aesthetics of 1910s-1940s wartime machinery. When his homeland signs a declaration of war against the far superior nation of Ferusia, Kelan's monarchist government conscripts a mass amount of the civilian population to form the People's Army of Kelan, otherwise known as the Militia, to help bulk up the defenses that the regular army cannot deal with. Following this, we specifically journey through the wartime life of Rhys Hendrix, one of the conscripted citizens, who was unwillingly put in command of very similar people. A blend of realistic horror, tragedy and some romance here and there should make it an interesting read, so I hope, with many political and philosophical twists and turns. Should be a long read too, with around 590-ish pages, so you can keep on enjoying the content for as long as it lasts. What stands out best for me is the cast of characters, their viewpoints, relationships, developments and representations of real-world nationalistic, globalistic, peaceful or protective agendas, from two siblings driven by family honour to a fifteen year old girl amongst Rhys' group.
3. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Writing energizes me, but the thing that holds me back personally is exhaustion from the disability listed above. I need to try and find the strength to write, but usually once I start I do not stop until I have to. Creativity is my only main drive in life, after many setbacks, and I truly believe that with enough practice maybe someday I might be able to produce works of fiction for audiences to enjoy.
4.Have you ever gotten reader’s block?
I will admit, whilst I read a lot as a child and younger years, these last four have been very reader's-block based. Minus book studies I do in my Sixth Form education, I don't read as much as some might believe now. This is mainly due to my commitments of writing for myself, but when I do read it is entirely with the respect of the author and the hopeful intent to learn amazing techniques to further improve my own.
5.What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
In all honesty, I do not have many author friends. I've made acquaintances with a few of the people in my Publishing group, from M.L. Ruscsak to Amando Fino, but one I really like is my business teacher, Adrian Sturrock. He is a different kind of writer, with a comedic travel-log style (with his book 'The Sat-Nav Diaries'), but he pushed for me to write and try to publish my first novel. Online I have a few other international friends of my own who do conjoined writing exercises with me, and they mean the world to me.
6. Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
So far, it's about building a body of novels in a series. Stand to Resist already has its sequel in the works/beta writing stage so I have more to look forward towards in the first's release. Titled Feet First into Hell, the sequel follows on in the same universe, twenty three years after its predecessor. After that, a third installment is planned, and I also opened the opportunity for many shorter novellas. Originally I actually wrote a complete different genred story called The Initiative: Voyage of the Cerulean, which took on a horror theme with infections and disesase being its main topic of focus. The Initative was referenced in Stand to Resist and further led into mystery with its mentions in Feet First into Hell, but its story on its own could be an interesting tale altogether with many different aesthetics. The Initiative is looking more at an expedition beyond the continental isolation of the story, only to be met with devastation and betrayal before failing completely, rendering all the funding towards it wasted and causing a great political/economical depression, eventually linking into the second novel again. Outside of the 'Chronicles of Farthall' series that is being made here, I eventually want to dip my toes into the science-fiction genre or perhaps a more modern scenario in another made-up world. Those, respectedly, would likely have their own universes to themselves.
7. What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
The best (and also arguably by accident) money I spent was on a free interview with M.L. Ruscsak, which eventually led to the contract with her publishing company. It was online as a radio interview. Now the reason I say it was arguably by accident was the phone-bill charge afterwards, which breached £100 on its own for the 30 minute interview. Didn't go down well with my father, who was responsible for the phone contract, but I completely forgot about international charges. Either way, whilst it hasn't paid off in cash, I feel like I might be getting somewhere to success in the writing scene with this group, or so I hope. I put a lot of faith into the publishers to help get the word out and eventually help build a network to further my own writing.
8. What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
8. My favourite under-appreciated novel is probably 'Ostrich Boys'. Honestly, I don't know why, I only remember the basics of the book. I just remembering enjoying it a lot.
9. How do books get published?
Getting books published is easier than common belief. Amazon's KDP is a great way to publish, though in terms of someone as young as myself it wasn't profitable nor too successful (£11.00 for 1 copy, but I only received £1.50 due to printing costs and 40% royalties to Amazon themselves. Once you get a publisher, its a very lengthy time of prioritisation, putting other authors over yourself until it is your turn to analyse and release your content once more.
10. Where can our readers learn more about you and stay up to date on your books?
Well I have a personal facebook, with my name of course, and an instagram called @musician_on_wheels, either I don't mind people getting into contact with. I haven't started a dedicated Page online though due to a lack of community thus far, but I am still considering opening a blog too.