About Lee Daniel Bullen:
Lee Daniel Bullen is the bestselling author of ‘Double Ex’, ‘Beset’ and several comedies and short stories. He previously worked as a teacher, illustrator and screenwriter but now solely devotes his time to crafting natty novels.
His personal interests include squirrel romancing, ferret fondling and stringing the guitar. His more intelligible writings are available in paperback and eBook.
What inspires you to write?
Life experience and the need to fill an empty page with my opinionated ramblings.
Tell us about your writing process.
Most writers and writing courses will tell you to start a first draft and not stop until you’ve finished, then go back and rewrite and flesh out characters and story in the same process, draft by draft. Personally, I can’t do this. I like to plot things out beforehand and write chapter by chapter, in order, and rewrite each chapter until it’s 90% ‘perfect’ before moving onto the next one. Then when I reach the end, I’ll rewrite the whole book countless times. I find having well-written early chapters useful for inspiration and motivation. I enjoy reading and reworking what I’ve written during the early stages helpful for ideas and developing characters and story lines.
I also enjoy writing in public places; cafes, etc. I find activity and human traffic occurring around me also gives ideas and removes the lonely and sometimes negative feelings I have when I’m stuck indoors on my own for long periods of time.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, they blabber to each other all the time in my head… usually when I’m trying to sleep!
What advice would you give other writers?
The same advice you always hear: just keep writing. If you’re a writer, then just write! But of course, only when you’ve reached that point where you have a story in mind and that nagging need to bring it to life.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self-publish because all artistic control is with me. And if I feel I need to change things at a later date (as I did with my first book, where I admittedly got the the tone of the book wrong) then I can. Considering the audience is important too. I learned that you have to be frugal with profanity, for example, because certain markets – even nationalities – don’t like to read coarse language unless it’s absolutely necessary to the story or genre you’re writing for.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Honestly – I don’t.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Humour, Romance & Memoir
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print