From a family background steeped in law enforcement and military history, B. J. Kibble followed the tradition and served as a police officer. During the course of his duty he walked unscathed from the epicenter of a devastating IRA bomb. He’s worked for British, US and Swiss firms from Oil to computers but his ruling passion has always been for the written word and of sharing that zeal with those who love to be gripped by a damn good story.
What inspires you to write?
Characters and plots roll about in my head all the time and it excites me to get them down in writing asap. I only really think about what the reader wants, so some of those characters and plots are binned to leave the one’s that are solid gold, the one’s that work to carry forward the action and conflict of a storyline..
Tell us about your writing process.
I must have character names first, and I take great pains to ensure the names suit both the plot and the character. I write a skeleton synopsis before I expand the plot and subplots. I write a short paragraph for each of thirty or so chapters and then I start. I prefer a white paper start to each chapter then I write everything as rough as can be for the first chapter, and so on and so on. As conflict is vital, I give each character their own agenda. Characters are written down to form their history and personality from school up to the time the novel is set in. Then I edit, edit, edit and pass it through a writer’s site for critiques. I’d say I was a sprinter and not a hurdler when I write — all the errors can be sorted later, but my muse wants it all down fast so who am I to argue with that diamond of creativity in me. I trust it knows best, which is proven in sales.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
II do listen, but I let them surprise me with their actions and dialogue. I give them a long leash and see where they take me. Often I have to wind them in a bit., well, quite a lot 🙂
What advice would you give other writers?
You know you’re a writer when you try and ignore your muse but it won’t give up hounding you. It’s not agent rejections you need worry about but whether you’ve written what you know you must write–the basic writing rules can be learned and practiced as you go along. It’s vital to get down on paper the ideas that drive the creative urge in you. Finding the best way to write–the one that suits you and you’re relaxed with–is up to each individual author. My driving force is: ‘Someone out there needs to read what you’ve written–don’t disappoint them.’ I don’t believe I have as yet based on reviews.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I felt safer with a publisher for my first four books, but publishers tie your hands in many areas, especially regarding promotions. My latest thriller is ‘Indie’ and it’s a new adventure for me. I admit it’s harder to self promote, but its fun and a huge learning curve. I suppose I would still tell someone to find an agent for their first novel–it’s nice to know you’re as good as you thought you were. 🙂
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think print for mainstream authors will continue to run alongside electronic, however, if self-published then the only real way is electronic with Kindle and Nook etc, as they will outgrow the normal industry types for anyone who wants to become published without an agent or direct publisher. But it will be tough for these authors to earn a decent living without damn hard work because you’re only as good as your last review. At the end of the day, there’s nothing sweeter than to hold and smell a new book and you can now do that through both vehicles.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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