Tom Kane was born in the English Midlands in 1955. After a career as a computer programmer, Kane has started writing and publishing his own fiction novels.
He lives in Cyprus with his wife and their two Springer Spaniels.
What inspires you to write?
My first story was written at the ripe old age of eight. I had won a school reading competition and I remember asking myself what it would be like to create a story.
I finally got a break in my twenties when I had three short stories read out on BBC radio in England.
But it was another thirty years before I was actually published and that was self-publishing on the Kindle.
Tell us about your writing process.
I get ideas all the time and have to write them down. I have over fifty ideas lined up, champing at the bit.
Once I get the idea I usually do a single page outline of about thirty chapters and then commence writing.
Operation Werwolf took nearly ten years to write. I recently completed a 60k paranormal novel called ‘The Writing on the Wall’ in three weeks.
I find the first 10k hard going, but once I’m past that it flows and takes on a life of its own. I’m then just the medium for the story to flow through.
Much of the times ideas come to me in dreams and are almost complete movies. It’s a bit bizarre really.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to the characters. When a story unfolds it’s like listening in on a conversation.
There are times I don’t agree with what is transpiring, but usually bow to their superior knowledge – after all, it’s their story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Do it yourself. Create your own path and follow it. Ignore the negative and always be positive.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
A friend told me about Kindle a couple of years ago. Up until then I had been trying in vain to get an agent. Since then I’ve published three books and have three more almost completed.
I would always say to those wanting to publish a book, do it yourself. It’s a very fulfilling process when you get the book written, edited and published and actually start to get sales.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think traditional publishing will become something of a cult thing as more and more go it alone. Having said that, self-publishing although relatively easy to do, will in itself change as the demand for quality writing grows louder.
I think eventually visuals will converge with the written word and the next big thing will be DIY films as CGI will become easier to use.
What genres do you write?
action, adventure, war, science fiction, drama, humour,paranormal,romance
What formats are your books in?