Garrett is forty something, Australian, and also a geek, husband, father and novelist. He grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and has been lucky enough to live in or visit most of Australia and much of the world. He now lives in Melbourne with his family. Not averse to change, thus far, he has been an Army officer, software consultant and author. But this is just the beginning. So far he’s written two novels, ‘Minions’ and ‘The Traveller’.
What inspires you to write?
I just want to write something different. I was so tired of reading familiar stories and similar characters and it led me to challenge my creativity. Doing so also made me enjoy reading even more too.
Tell us about your writing process.
I make it up entirely as I go! I generally have an idea which may well just be a beginning or an ending, but that may have absolutely no bearing on what happens once the writing starts.
Then I write what I feel, whatever scene/scenes seem to need to be written at that time. Each scene seeds more ideas and gradually a story starts to take shape.
I love the spontaneity of uncovering the characters and their stories only marginally before my readers. Sure it makes for a lot of editing, but that re-work effort is when you really see your story come alive.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters and transcribe what they say. If I was to talk to them I’d interfere with the dynamics between them.
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s your story. Dont let others turn YOUR story into someone else’s.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I did spend a while chasing an agent and traditional publishing, but my stories don’t fit neatly in a genre which made it difficult. Meanwhile, I kept reading what felt like the same stories over and over and eventually I decided that I had a few novels of my own ready to be widely shared that were at least as good. Once I came to that realisation I decided to self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Interesting times. Self-publishing has lost its stigma and is now so easy, and traditional publishing is feeling the pinch. I think both will continue to co-exist, but the lines between them will be increasingly blurred.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Contemporary/General fiction / Revenge
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print