About NEB Inskip:
NEB Inskip was brought up in the wild bush of Kenya, learnt to sail in native dugout fishing canoes with outriggers and lateen sails and no lifejackets. He spent his youth swapping stories with the skippers of Arabian trading dhows and by his late teens was living on his own yacht based in Wales and writing short stories. He once said, “I blame my mother for telling me I would be a writer, my stepfather for showing me how to imagine, my English teacher, Mrs Johns for convincing me that I could write, and the world for giving me so much to write about.”
With a career spanning the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and a variety of roles across engineering, business and the social sector, NEB brings a wealth of rich and authentic experiences to his writing. He describes himself as an author, playwright, and sometimes rough poet. He writes across a range of genres from young adult mystery/science fiction, to steampunk mystery/romance and adult romance/drama and even poetry. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by a world full of interesting things going on, and stories that need to be told. The human condition is complex and often people just see what floats on the surface and moves with the current without noticing the drivers that are just under the surface.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
Joseph Waumbaugh for fiction, Robert Fisk for current affairs and Dylan Thomas for poetry.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write whenever I have nothing else to do. That sounds a bit trite, but it's true. There are so many demands in life that to do otherwise means you neglect something, either the writing or the rest of it.
What that means is that you literally have to grab any moment or three to write, leaving no idle time, and amazingly things get written. It also means that you have time to think about characters, plot and circumstance in between writing.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen to my characters, after all it's their story. I am just there to make sure it runs together and makes sense. I am so lucky they are cleverer than I am.
What advice would you give other writers?
It doesn't matter what you write as long as you write. all writing helps hone the craft. Don't be too critical of yourself, there are always enough knockers out there for that, and just ignore them. I write, poetry, short stories, novels, plays…etc. It never ends, love it all. And don't be afraid to try a new genre to challenge yourself.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Today, it's a no brainer, self-publishing is really the only game in town. The challenge is that you need to self educate on book marketing, but the rewards are that you are not at the mercy of some publisher who may or may not invest in promoting your book the way you would. My advice, just start and if something doesn't work, try another way.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future holds media convergence, with straight print books being supported by other media.
It is going to be the age of the creative with all sorts of possibilities. Just be brave enough to try new things and ride the wave.
What genres do you write?: YA Mystery/Sci-fi, Steampunk Thriller/Romance, Mystery Humour, Drama, Children's adventure and Poetry about the human condition.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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