About P N Burrows:
Originally when I left school, I became a horticulturist in the glorious Welsh countryside. Later, I retrained to become an IT contractor. A decade further on, I retained again to become a business advisor for my local council / Welsh Government. In my spare time, I like to keep busy, and I love to learn new things. Cath (my better half) and I have an extensive bucket list of things to do. The item that affected us the most was learning to dance the American Jive and Lindy Hop. I currently work with a multitude of literary people, as when I am not writing I create affordable websites for other authors. I am also part of a consortium aimed at assisting authors to self-publish their work, and I am a committee member of an annual week-long literary event.
What inspires you to write?
As an avid reader from an early age, the urge to write became overpowering until I eventually put pen to paper. On my third attempt over two decades, and with the encouragement of my partner, Cath, I completed the first draft for Mineran Influence.
Tell us about your writing process.
Having used MS word and a multitude of programs to assist in the writing process, I settled on a program called Scrivener. This program has allowed me to collate and manage my research, character notes and actually write a five-book series. I love this program.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The characters that I created live in a virtual world in my head. They are as real as they can be without having flesh and bone. They have personalities, and they do not always do what I want when I am writing a scene. They have to stay true to the character sheet I created about them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Join writing groups, go to literary festivals and mingle with other writers. Writing can be lonely, and the publishing process can be scary. If you have literary friends, then the whole process of pen to print is not so ominous. Don't respond to trolls, not even in a friendly reasonably and understanding way. I made that mistake when and I got hammered for it across multiple sites, I rarely use Goodreads now.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was initially published with a big name self-publishing company, I knew nothing about the process and spent a lot of money. Disillusioned I pulled the book, had it proof-read again and self-published it via a local company who took the time to explain the process. I now work closely with TAUK to help other authors.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I use Amazon as it is an easy route to market. Sadly it also restricts where my books can be sold as the majority of bookshops won't stock Amazon printed books and the schools in the UK can't buy from Amazon. I fear the divide between mainstream printers/publishers and Amazon will only widen to the detriment of the whole industry.
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Sci-Fi and Children's Picture Book
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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