D.P. Nicholls lives in London and spent most of his career within the advertising industry.
A sales and marketing professional, who for many years specialised in the recruitment advertising industry.
In recent years he has been instrumental in developing and running a number of on-line sites, both in Publishing and more recently within Healthcare
When he’s not writing, he runs one of the largest writers groups on Linkedin called ‘Aspiring Writers’ where he encourages new writers to hone their skills.
A few years back he posted a question on Linkedin, asking people what their lives would be like if the internet stopped working. The response was quiet interesting . The ‘younger’ generation, felt that their world would collapse as against the ‘older’ generation who thought things would be a bit difficult, but, felt that maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing. Considering that this technology is only around thirty years old, the dependency we all have on this technology is frightening. ‘IF’ the internet was to be taken down, there isn’t a plan B to deal with what would be catastrophic implications for society, and therefore OUTERNET was created.
The question poised by this book is whether the internet has proved to be beneficial to society and what would we do, if this technology no longer exists.
What inspires you to write?
If you have a vivid imagination, the best way of letting your mind run riot is to get those thoughts down on paper. Even with the self doubt we all have, when a book is finished and you get those well deserved accolades, there’s nothing quiet like it.
Tell us about your writing process.
Some writers have their whole plot worked out before they put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) in my case, although I have a rough idea of the concept, I enjoy not knowing what’s coming next and write by the seat of my pants. It seems to work for me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I certainly have a picture of my characters in my head as this really helps me with dialogue. I try to imagine I’m watching a film unfold and can see and hear the characters in situ.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I can give to any writer is never give up. We probably all go through the stage of wanting to throw the towel in, but get over it and write!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
This was an easy decision really. We all know that historically it was virtually impossible to firstly get an agent and then a publisher. With the advent of e-books, which enabled writers to stop begging to be recognized, along with the ease of publishing
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As I mentioned, the fact that writers are now able to publish on line and the fact that there are more e-books sold than in hard copy means that for writers, there are real opportunities to get their work out and for the public a much bigger choice at realistic prices. For traditional agents and publishers however having spent years ignoring new writers and acting as semi gods, they will now have to encompass this technology and give more recognition to aspiring writers if they wish to service.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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