I’m so pleased that author and serial entrepreneur Piers Alexander has agreed to be my second victim for this new series on the blog which has already attracted a great deal more attention than anything else I’ve ever done on this site. (There’s a lesson right there…) I first encountered Piers a number of years ago when the magazine I owned posted a review of his first book “The Bitter Trade”; more recently, I have been delighted to contribute to his latest work in a small way by creating a map of the place where the action is set.
“Author Insights: Six of the Best” is a new series in which I ask each of my guests six questions that I hope go to the heart of why they choose to earn – or attempt to earn – their living as writers. The intention is to have one writer as a guest every week, some of whom you will have heard of, and some of whom may not have hit the best-seller lists yet, but are beavering away to produce the highest quality work they can. Likewise, some are self-publishing indies, whilst others are ‘traditionally’ published, and yet more belong to that crossover breed of modern writers known as ‘hybrids’, such as myself, choosing whichever path suits best at the time. Thank you to everyone who has left comments here, and especially to all those writers and fans who have shown so much interest on Twitter and have generously helped to spread the word.
1. What sort of writing you most love to do? Include as much as you like – fiction (including genre), non-fiction, blogging, copywriting, academic, courses, poetry etc.
2. How long did it take to earn your primary living from writing (if, indeed, you do) and what were the major obstacles you have had to overcome?
3. Briefly describe your writing and editing process. Are you primarily a plotter or a ‘pantser’?
4. Which writers, living or dead, do you most admire and why? (As many as you like, but just a couple will do.)
5. What advice do you wish you had been given when you set out to become a writer?
6. Why did you decide to take the indie route?
Where can people find you?
Thank you for your time and brilliant answers, Piers!