About Michael de Ridder:
I live in Australia. I’m actually undertaking an IT driven PhD in medical data visualisation, but I enjoy reading and writing on the side.
What inspires you to write?
I get inspired to write by a number of things. Animals are a big inspiration, as are things I see and hear in day-to-day life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’ve got quite a simple writing process. When I first conceive an idea, I let it float around in my head a bit. Once the idea seems to have enough meat, I write out a brief bullet-point outline. From there, I just go straight into the deep end, developing characters and nuance as I go.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I definitely talk to them. I also find things that represent them, and sometimes take on their persona.
What advice would you give other writers?
Find what’s natural. Don’t try to force yourself to write with the ‘correct’ style. Some people plan a lot, others write sequentially, others do a snippet here or there. Think about your personality and transform it into your writing.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
It’s not hard to do anymore with all the web services around facilitating e-publishing. My thought process was simply that if I’ve spent all this time writing a story, I want people to be able to read it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future is bright. There’s more democratisation as people have avenues to get into the market without big name publishers standing in the way telling them they need to be famous or jump through hoops. Of course, they professional publishing process serves a purpose, but we will find a balance.
What do you use?: Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Fiction, noir, adventure, sci-fi
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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