About Paddy Bostock:
I’ve been writing all sorts of stuff – poems, songs, newspaper reviews, translations and academic pieces — for many years, but only ever played around with full-length novels for my own amusement, never thinking I’d get anywhere.
Nonetheless, if some of the fun I’ve had writing the books can be shared with readers, I’d be happy. They employ a number of different genres–mystery, suspense, thriller, action–but break the rules a bit, so hopefully I can raise a few laughs along the way. I guess my main teaching field of Postmodernist Fiction will have had something to do with that. Some of the travelling I’ve done has also come in handy for background colour.
What inspires you to write?
Reading other writers. I’ve always thought if they can do it, why not have a go myself? Above all, though, it is the question “what if…?” Anything then becomes possible, and it’s fun to explore.
Tell us about your writing process.
I write every evening for between two and three hours accompanied by six roll-up cigarettes, a glass or two of white wine, and our lurcher Betsy.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, we have chats with each other on every page to see what should happen next. You need to know them well to make sure they don’t do anything out of character … or too silly.
What advice would you give other writers?
Nil desperandum. When nobody will publish you, or, if you are published, buy your books, carry on regardless for the sheer pleasure of making something as well as you can.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Frankly, I didn’t think they would ever be published, but I got lucky when I found Wings ePress.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
That it faces a revolutionary series of changes which will deservedly challenge the closed shop of the past. No longer the “gentleman publisher” or who you know rather than what you know; instead, an electronic world open to everybody.The reactionaries will say this will lead to a drop in standards, but I don’t think so. Power to the people!
What do you use?: Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: All sorts: thrillers, humour/adventure, crime, fantasy. No love stories so far, but you never know.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print