About Derryl Flynn:
Derryl Flynn grew up in a northern coal mining town in England during the fifties and sixties. He studied Film-Theatre & TV at Bradford College of Art in the early seventies where he developed a passion for writing drama for screenplay & radio. His debut novel The Albion was first published in 2008. Scrapyard Blues, his second novel has just found a home with Grinning Bandit Books.
Derryl lives with his wife, on the edge of the moors and just a spit away from Bronte country (not a good idea if the wind’s in the wrong direction) where he continues to work on his third MS.
Derryl Flynn is a guy who refuses to be pigeonholed. He writes fiction for any consenting adult who dares to take a look. His background is as eclectic as his scribbling: Art College drop-out, foundry worker, road builder, scrap man, curtain and blind fitter, and amateur philosopher, all accomplished with questionable degrees of success. He thinks he might be okay at making up stories.
What inspires you to write?
My mother was a prolific writer, so I suppose it’s in the blood. I don’t really need to be inspired to write. My imagination is in a constant state of flux.
Tell us about your writing process.
I don’t really know how to define my writing process, probably because I don’t have one, or if I do, it all happens unconsciously. Fortunately, the left side of my brain doesn’t appear to work, so method and structure, are alien concepts to me. I’m sure these traits are operating somewhere or none of it would happen, but while I write I’m totally oblivious to them.
I wrote a lot of screenplays way back in my college days, so I tend to think as a director would. When I write, I do have defined scenes in my head, and I like to apply backstory in my writing. I hate linear storytelling, I find it boring.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Not only do I listen and talk to my characters but I actually become them. I put myself in their shoes and in any given scenario my pen acts accordingly.
JD Smith, the main protagonist in Scrapyard Blues spends 25 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit. Imagine getting inside this guys head for a moment. The pent up emotions, of bitterness, hate, desperation et al have to come out on the page and sound/feel genuine. I have had people actually convinced that I must have spent some time in prison in my life. (I haven’t, honestly).
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s a personal journey. Writing is a very subjective art form, so I wouldn’t be so presumptuous to off advice, suffice to say you never stop learning. From the moment you type that last word and lean back with that self-satisfied smile, I would say go back and edit, time and again. You’ll be amazed over time how your perception changes. Never be too precious about your writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Like thousands of writers I’ve done the long slog, trawling the traditional route of endless agencies and publishers. My work has been, and no doubt still is sitting at the bottom of some slush pile somewhere. I’ve even seen the finishing post on a few occasions, only to be pulled up at the final hurdle by some editor who was worried about genre placement. You see, for me, there’s the rub. I don’t write in any particular genre. I scribble for any consenting adult who dares to take a look, and so I don’t fit into a publishing box.
With self publishing I’m free from those traditional constraints, and that’s the route I’ve decided to take. The only drawback from my point of view is the marketing and self promotion – but that’s another story.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Who knows? It would appear that more and more trad. published authors are jumping on the self publishing bandwagon. Some of the mainstream publishers are finding it tough now. A lot are living in the past. I still can’t believe some publishing houses still refuse to accept electronic submissions.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: See ‘How did you decide to publish your books?’
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
Link To Derryl Flynn Page On Amazon