About Allan Brewer:
Allan Brewer was born in 1948 in Ramsgate, on the Kent Coast. Spending his early years living in a basement flat in a large seaside hotel, where his father was the accountant, as a child he remembers 'hanging out' with telephonists, chefs and residents. His schooling years were spent in the London suburbs, but he has lived most of his life in the Westcountry. After a degree in Pharmacy from Nottingham University, he built a successful career in authoring software, but later returned to science, researching for a PhD in Computational Biochemistry at Bristol. He is now retired in Bristol where he is bringing up his granddaughter, walking her dog and writing. He maintains a blog of quirky and fringe (but real) science on his website: http://www.AllanBrewer.Wordpress.com
What inspires you to write?
The pleasure of reading, and the inspiration of leading edge science.
Tell us about your writing process.
I let the story develop as I write. I do spend time between bouts of writing just thinking through what might happen – the possibilities – but I don't force that. The process is painfully slow! The hard part is the first draft of the story – I find re-working and polishing relatively easy.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wouldn't say I talk to the characters exactly, but they take on quite a real sense of existence, and to some extent dictate the direction of the story.
What advice would you give other writers?
I would advise writers not to listen to advice – there is no one correct way of writing, and there is so much advice out there you could spend your whole life listening to or reading it, and never make a start.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I investigated publishing (which I had not done before i wrote my first book) I was appalled and astonished at how turgid – slow and selective – the traditional publishing industry is. So I self-published just to get on with it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Technological advance (eBooks and Print-on-Demand) have made it possible for anyone to publish who wants to. That is great, but it has also created a problem – there are now so many books (I think Amazon had 5 million at the last count) that there are too many books chasing too few readers. So now there is a massive industry in book promotion which is sucking up the earnings of authors, other than the bestsellers. I suspect the future of book publishing is that it will become an expensive hobby for most authors.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction, Hard Science Fiction, Time Travel
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print, Both eBook and Print
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