Hello everyone. Today I’m speaking with Rob Radcliffe. Hi Rob. First of all, what made you decide to become a writer?
I have always written stories ever since I was seven or eight years old. I guess reading a lot and then deciding a certain book should have had a different ending to the one it has set me off writing when I was a teenager and I haven’t really stopped since.
How long did it take to get published the first time and how did it happen?
I think in the last few years the publishing game has changed. Before it was all about securing that publishing contract with a big traditional publisher, they were the gatekeepers into the publishing world. Now though so many indie authors are having great success having bypassed the gatekeepers of old and doing it themselves. I decided to publish independently after weighing up the pros and cons between traditional and indie. I feel I have so much more freedom as an indie, and am able to write and market my books on my terms. After educating myself on the indie scene I took a few courses to further that education and get to grips with the nuts and bolts of running my own publishing business, and so far so good. I am pleased with the responses I have received in reviews and I talk to my readers daily. It’s a great thing to have that sort of relationship with your readers.
I bet. Would you do anything differently the next time?
I think the next book I publish I will allow for more planning surrounding the launch. With my latest release (The Divine) I got a bit giddy. I had spent so long writing the book (four years on and off) that I just wanted to share it with my readers and with everyone really.
I know the feeling. What advice would you give an aspiring author?
Write. I spent ten years writing books which still clog up my hard drive, waiting patiently for me to come back to them and turn them into great books, and then I stopped writing. I was 20,000 words into a novel and I lost the file. A file which hadn’t been backed up. I know, schoolboy error, and this put me off writing for a long time. I couldn’t face starting again and every day I would beat myself up because I wasn’t writing. Eventually I turned back to the pen and after four years, from when I first came up with the book idea to writing THE END, The Divine is now out there fending for itself.
What (or who) inspires or influences your writing?
Other authors are always a huge inspiration, books, movies, articles I might read…also that first idea or scene which pops into my head from out of nowhere, that inspires me to follow it down the yellow brick road to see if there is a story waiting for me at the end. Sometimes an idea which had so much promise at the beginning fizzles out into nothing, but other times I strike gold and Mr Muse gets to work, sprinkling his magic dust on that idea and making it grow.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
I have just released The Divine, the first of a projected series, so the next three books (two sequels and a prequels) are all a work in progress. I am looking forward to sitting back down and starting to draft the prequel Dance with the Dragon, after that will be The Divine’s sequel Chronos.
They all sound interesting. Where can we find your book, The Divine?
The Divine is available to buy through Amazon, ibooks, Barnes & Noble and Kobo and the paperback version should be available before the end of the year.
Since you are an indie published author, how did you deal with revisions?
As an indie author it is all on me. If I chose to release my work without editing then in effect I would be releasing a sub-par product which will receive bad reviews and alienate readers, effectively killing my following. That is why I try to make sure each book is perfect when released. I line edit the finished manuscript, then my proof reader does her stuff, usually delivering back a manuscript full of red crosses and question marks. My story editor checks for gaping big holes in the plot, and once all looks good, we go back and do it again.
It is possible even then that things can be missed as you become more and more familiar with a piece of work.
Before the release of The Divine I had ten paperback copies sent to me so I could hand then out as gifts to a few people. Upon opening the book I noticed I had spelt the word Thief as THEIF and because it had been in caps and this word was only on the contents page, it had gone unnoticed. Needless to say it was changed pretty sharpish and those first ten paperbacks are now very limited first editions.
Wow! That was a hard lesson learned. So tell me, Rob, how long have you been writing professionally?
I have been writing professionally for about two years.
And what do you do for fun when you are not writing?
I love to read, fiction of course, check out other people’s take on their own ideas and how they present them, where they head. I also love to watch movies, play with the kids, and now and again I can be found at the local casino playing no-limit Texas Hold’em Poker which is always a fun night out, especially when I win.
Winning is always fun. Do you write full-time or part-time?
I am currently writing part time but watch this space, I plan to make that transition to full time writer soon.
Good for you! So where do you call home?
I live in the north-west of England on the outskirts of Manchester.
Nice. Okay, here’s your chance to give us a brief taste of your book.
Sophie lies frozen in her hospital bed. Only able to blink and think she is the victim of locked in syndrome. When she receives a book for her 30th birthday from her grandfather a family secret which has remained hidden from her is unearthed, but she also has secrets of her own.
Billy has suffered from a sleeping disorder his entire life. Over medicating himself on alcohol each night he is fighting his body’s way of telling him there is more, that his evolution has not finished.
There have been whispers down the ages of men untouched by time. Able to speak any language, fit into any society, disappearing and reappearing centuries later…the divine.
Half a century ago a book was published. Masqueraded as an autobiography this book depicted the life of a man who was impervious to harm and unaffected by the sands of time.
God or monster?
Angel or the next step of man?
Still he searches for more like him.
Very intriguing. Do you have any appearances or book signings scheduled this year?
My presence will very much be in an online capacity this year while I concentrate on editing my next release CHECKING OUT and then begin writing The Divine’s prequel Dance with the Dragon.
Where can we find you online?
My website is robradcliffe.net where you can find my blog. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you Rob. This has been an interesting interview. Always nice to meet someone from another country.