About Saul Delino:
Saul Delino is a self-published author born in Chelsea, West London, to West Indian parents.
After his initial education, he went on to train as an architect at DeMontfort University, Leicester, and South Bank University, London, achieving both BA (Hons) Architecture and Pg Dip Architecture, respectively.
On leaving university, the building recession forced him to pursue an alternative career in recruitment, which he did for a number of years before training as a fitness professional, becoming a personal trainer and, for a brief period, a life coach. Most recently, he has been employed in the property development and telecoms industries.
Since his ‘light bulb moment’ for the book that was to become Trespassers, he has indulged his passion for writing, determined to see his work published. In 2015, he set up Rubbanecka.com to showcase his urban vignettes and promote his books. Having written Trespassers, he turned his attention to creating the self-help writer’s guide, Writing Fiction FFWD, to aid beginners struggling to get their novels off the ground. He has also written screenplays and published several works of poetry featured in different collections.
When not chained to his laptop, he enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction, especially self-help and personal development books. He also a music and film lover and is learning Spanish and French with a view to travelling.
He currently lives in London.
What inspires you to write?
I have a passion to create characters, to take them out of my mind and fully form them into living, breathing people that I can see and feel.
Tell us about your writing process.
I started with just dialogue in an off the cuff style, but over time began crafting my scenes in a very cinematic way. Sometimes I sketch out the scenarios. Other times they are already developed in my head. Either way, I want my readers to see them as if they were on screen, compelling and utterly believable.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I constantly talk to my characters and let them talk to me. I try to play them like an actor would, with all the voices as well.
What advice would you give other writers?
1. Buy my excellent beginner’s guide: ‘Writing Fiction FFWD’
2. Persist until you have written the book you always wanted to write and have nothing more to add or take away that could improve your story.
3. Try to express yourself in the most authentic way possible.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I always said I wanted to have my work published and I struggled to find an agent to represent me. I’d invested so much time into my work and I was determined to see it in print. 18 years is a long time to be writing one novel, but I had to get it right. It’s been a real labour of love…and I’ve loved (and hated) every minute of it. And yeah…I’d do it again, I’m a masochist!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be big publishing houses, but with Amazon, the game has changed completely.Amazon didn’t even exist when I started out and without it I’d be paying a fortune for what some would call a vanity project. This way, the cost is minimal and the author has so much more control, which is the way it should be. The best thing is that you can get immediate feedback from your readership without having to wait months before you get your work published. Oh, and you get paid quicker!
What do you use?: Professional Editor
What genres do you write?: Contemporary urban literary fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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