Dudley Davidson-Jarrett started his writing career in June 2013 and self-published his first novel Undue Rewards in November that same year. His is currenlty working on a further two novels, Sequels to the first novel Undue Rewards “The Failed Redemption ” and another non-fiction business book “The Last Piece – A Guide to Managing People”
What inspires you to write?
When I decide to write I like to encompass everything I have seen around me, people things, places and my own past experiences. People around me inspire me to write and real issues that the world faces. I look at periods of times in real life and try to get them down on paper to make them real. Something to remember and to think upon. I believe that everything happens for a reason and people nature and happenings are something to be observed and appreciated. The best way to get that through for me is through writing, that way you learn more about different people and how and why they think certain ways. I believe that one of my main inspirations for writing is the act of writing itself, so the more I write, the more i am inspired to write. When I start writing I get a desire to finish the story I have started so that it makes sense to me.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I begin to write a book I usually have some sort of underlying message that I want to get across to the reader. Once I’ve started writing I begin on new journey. I usually have the beginning and the end in mind but everything in between that is entirely up to the characters that I create. The story progresses depending on their social situations and their individual situations. The excitement in my stories are usually down to the feelings and decisions that certain characters make. Writing can be very fun especially when you get to a part where the story is really moving forward and you think you know exactly what is going on, it’s a bit like reading. I try to leave a lot of cliff hangers at the end of my chapter especially when writing thrillers. I tend to give a lot of the story in the book but not too much so that the reader no longer has to read anymore. It would take concentration for a reader to know exactly what went on in the story. Organizing my chapters is one of the lasts things i think about when writing a book. When I wrote my debut novel Undue Rewards I had about five final chapters all written. I had written them before I had finished writing the whole novel, but the process of writing the bulk of the novel helped me to decide which chapter to use for the final chapter, a bit like a jigsaw.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, i try to have no associations with my characters whatsoever, all I do is create them give them a life and then try to listen to them as best as I can. I try to put myself in their shoes and ask myself, what would I do if I were in their situation? I then assist them in the background to try and help them move forward in the best and most exciting way possible.
What advice would you give other writers?
The best advice I could give to other writers would probably be to keep on writing. Once you have an idea, hold onto it and make it a reality. An idea isn’t there for no reason at all. I don’t think there is such thing as an idea that doesn’t make sense, you just need to have the patience to work with it. Depending on how many ideas you have, don’t be afraid to discard an idea for another one which seems to be working better.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I decided to go the self publishing route because it involves a lot of responsibility and i get to make all the decisions about the book myself, from writing to editing to marketing. I feel this gives the author all the experience he/she needs before deciding to enter the usual publishing route, if they do decide to go that way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think there will always be book publishing. There will always be someone who wants to write a book and somebody who will actually go ahead and do it. The publishing industry is a valuable business which not many people see the real value of until they actually get that first book written and how much they would do with the help of a publishers to take that burden off them
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