About Paul James:
Paul James is an engineer with a life-long interest in books and writing. Originally from England, he's lived with his family near Toronto, Canada, for many years and where he walks, runs and takes wildlife photos whenever the weather will let him. In his writing, he likes to capture the humorous side of life even when sometimes the world doesn't seem to warrant it.
What inspires you to write?
Mainly to have the stories in my head go out to the world. And not just stories, it's a relief to be able to share thoughts about how I see the world in a way I hope others can relate to.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do outlines and then write by the seat of the pants method, which means I often have to go back to the outline and make it fit. Not a great method but it works for me, sort of. I use a whiteboard to outline then photo the result and upload it as a record. I don't do character sketches because I've no idea how the characters will develop.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don't talk out loud with my characters but they're always talking in my head, which can be a nuisance at times:-)
What advice would you give other writers?
I would advise thinking through your story, laying it out on a plan and then start writing. And keep writing until you have it all down. Read it and edit to make it into sense and then find a good editor.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried sending books to publishers but that didn't work. I then found a publisher online who published for a reasonable fee. That worked well but in the end I decided to learn self-publishing through an online school. This has been way more expensive than using the online publisher but gives me way more control so it's what I do now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing or publishing by small, independent publishers who are themselves self-publishers is how the industry will be for many years to come.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, science fiction, social commentary, humorous,
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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