After studying Imaginative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University, Ben is releasing regular Novellas on Kindle, with Printed Omnibuses also available
In his spare time, Ben is an avid gamer, a fan of Rugby, and an unfortunate supporter of both the England Cricket Team and Gillingham Football Club.
He currently lives in Liverpool with his Wife and their two pet birds – both of whom will have eaten at least one copy of his books by the time you read this.
What inspires you to write?
I grew up from the age of fourteen writing fanfiction, and it sort of escalated from there. I got so into it that I went on to do a fundamentally useless degree in creative writing in Liverpool.
Fantasy writing had always fascinated me, and after a godawful attempt at writing an epic fantasy – which I may publish on Kindle just for laughs – I started writing weird western and Victorian era fantasy, which is much more enjoyable.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend to write a one-page plan in my notebook, and then make up the rest of the actual story as I go along. Dialogue and plot twists tend to grow rather organically for me, so I don’t plan things down to the Minutae.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t just talk to my characters, I have full blown arguments with them at times! A lot of the time, I tend to picture what I’m writing as a film scene, and use that to describe what would happen.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t be afraid to fail – or to write rubbish. Writing is an eternal learning curve, and you’ll gain as much from bolloxing up as you will from doing well. Being objective, and knowing when to look at your work and decide its crap also helps!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Initially, I planned to try the traditional publishing route, but I turned to the ebook market and indie publishing due to the level of creative freedom it offers – although I’ve learnt more about marketing doing this than I ever did working in a government communications department!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I love the traditional book industry. I love the feeling of paper books, and the smell of a fresh printed volume. Ultimately, though, I feel ebooks are the future. I always put it this way: I don’t have a big enough backpack to carry six hundred books around with me.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: fantasy, weird western, urban fantasy,
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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