My most recent book is called Living With Ogres. “Living With Ogres” is a fantasy book about a boy Matt who lives with ogres. He’s not happy about living with them. He is a slave who is forced to serve them. He has to do a lot of hard work and he isn’t treated properly by then ogres. In the entire house he has only one friend, Donna.
Donna is a slave too. She doesn’t like her life as a slave either. In fact she has reached the point where she wants to escape. She asks Matt to join her. Matt now has to make a quick decision as to whether he wants to continue living with the mean ogres or if he is going to escape into the dangerous forest…
Tell us something about yourself.
I live in Lancaster, UK. I work as a freelance copywriter. I mainly help people market themselves. I run the white paper blog, a blog dedicated to white papers and other marketing material. I also run another blog on books. Here I write about books children and young adults will enjoy reading. It’s also got information on other fun activities kids will enjoy doing.
What inspired you to write this book?
I was thinking about writing a book about escape and adventure in a forest and I needed a good start for the book. This is when I thought about an experience humans would have if they lived with mean ogres. That’s why I wrote this book about a boy who lives with ogres and doesn’t like it there and wants to escape.
How did you choose the title?
It was easy to choose the title as the book starts with a boy who lives with ogres.
What obstacles did you encounter in getting this book published? How did you overcome them?
My main obstacle was choosing between getting the book published by a publisher and self publishing. I first wanted to go with a publisher because they already had a reputation, but later after doing some research I decided to self publish it, as I will have more control over the book.
How did you know you wanted to be a writer? How did you get started?
When I was at University, I did this course with a magazine. Here they told me that I have a talent to write. This encouraged me a little. Later on when I started writing, some of my friends told me that I have good imagination and that I should write a lot more. This is when I started taking creative writing seriously and I started writing more and more stories. It makes me really happy when somebody comes up to me and tells me that they like my story.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I just write when I feel like it and at any time of the day, especially when the ideas flow well in my mind.
How do you come up with the names for your characters?
Sometimes I put in a lot of thought into some characters. Sometimes I just use the name that flows through my mind while I write the story. I did have a problem with this recently. I was writing a book, which has many human and animal characters and my editor suggested that I should change the names I had given the animals, from something human, to something associated with animals. As he felt that it might be difficult for the reader to differentiate between them.
Did you learn anything from writing and publishing this book? What?
It’s a lot of hard work. Writing is the easy part as you just enjoy the feeling of seeing your thoughts in words before you. Publishing and marketing, especially if you are self publishing, is the hard part. You need to market it regularly and it can be stressful, as you spend your time wondering if people will read it and if they will like it.
If you were doing it all over again, what would you do differently?
I would start marketing the book a lot earlier than I did.
What types of books do you like to read? Who are your favorite authors? Why?
I like reading books that have a lot of wildlife and animals in them. Books like White Fang, Call of the Wild, Animals of Farthing Wood, etc. My favourite author is Jack London. I love his writing style. The way he describes the setting and his sophisticated, yet easy to understand writing, mesmerizes me. He is also the author of my favourite book, “White Fang.”
Are you working on your next book? What can you tell us about it?
Yes I am. I recently finished writing one book; it’s about a boy who is waiting for his dragon egg to hatch. Two more books I am working on are – one about a girl and her pet turtle and another one is about fox hunting. The story mainly revolves around a hunting dog.
What is the best advice you could give other writers about writing or publishing?
The advice I would like to give is to market your book. Marketing is the key to success of your book. You might write the best book ever, but if you don’t market it, people won’t know that it exists. You need to let people know that it exists and you need to convince them to read it.
Who is the perfect reader for your book?
The book would mainly suit nine to twelve year olds, but it can be enjoyed by young adults and grownups too.
Where can readers learn more about you and your book?
You can buy my book on Amazon for Kindle now. The printed version will be out later this month. You can also visit the book’s page on my website. Here you can download and read the first chapter for free.