David Russell – Self’s Blossom

What is your most recent book? Tell us a bit about it.

Self’s Blossom: this is a novella about a woman’s holiday journey to self-discovery.

Tell us something about yourself.

I am from the UK, I live in London. I have a university background in English Lit, I am also a singer/guitarist/songwriter.

What inspired you to write this book?

A desire to explore the romantic and sensual.

How did you choose the title?

It relates to the idea of someone’s personality blossoming forth.

What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?

I first started promoting it in the days before e-books, and got constant rejections. Then I had an offer from a small underground press, Public Press, for a cheap paperback edition of 50 copies. The press went out of business, and I was left with the Word.doc file. Then I discovered emailing and ebook publishers and put it in circulation. Its second edition was with Silk’s Vault (now defunct), and its third with Devine Destinies.

How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?

I read other writers, and longed to emulate them.

Do you have any writing rituals?

I make myself do something every day, however brief, however mechanical, to sustain continuity

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

I look up dictionaries of names. I think of names of characters in books and films as comparables.

Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?

I learned to value perseverance, and appreciate diversity of response.

If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?

I would chat to more people to spark off ideas.

What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors?

I like speculative fiction which goes into dreamscape. My favourite authors are Ben Okri and William Golding

Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?

It is to be a sequel to my short story ‘Explorations’ also published by Devine Destinies.

What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?

Be thorough, tenacious, self-critical and responsive to others’ comments. Stand firm against adversity.

Who is the perfect reader for your book?

I am advised women in their forties.

Where can readers learn more about you and your book?

In quite a large number of reviews, many of them in Good Reads