Hi, folks! Today, we’re hosting a quick Q&A with author Paul Roberts. Paul is the author of several books including his latest, Chromozone Flesh and Blood. Click here to check out his Amazon page or read on to find out what we talked about…
Hi, Paul! Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your work.
I’m Paul Roberts. I have always been a writer as a hobby, but in the past few years I have tried to turn that hobby into a career. The first book that I self-published was a young adult fantasy, Toby Ripwood and the Dark Sphere Enigma. After that I decided to write in a genre that was close to my heart – horror! My latest self-published book, Chromozone Flesh and Blood, is a zombie horror and I am currently writing a sequel to that. I live in beautiful, scenic North Wales with my wife and I spend my days writing (of course!), going on long walks, reading and taking photographs.
Which gives you more satisfaction – to write a first draft, or to finish the last round of editing?
Finishing the last round of editing. There is more of a fulfilment for me, knowing you’re one step closer to finishing your novel.
What inspires you? Where do you get your ideas from?
I get inspired by both movies and dreams that I have. I’m a very lucid dreamer and I put various aspects of my dreams into my stories.
Pick a random piece of writing that you worked on ages ago and that never saw the light of day. Now tell us about it!
The name of the story is The Ghost That Spoke to the World. It was about a voice that literally spoke to the world that everyone could hear, speaking in riddles/codes and in different languages depending on what country you were in at the time. I should get back into it, maybe?
Do you have a writing routine? If so, can you tell us about it?
I try to write at any time of the day, but I feel my imagination is more active at night. Annoyingly, I get the best ideas when I’m in bed!
What was the last book that you read and what did you think of it?
The Head by Brian Barr. It was a different, interesting read. I like ideas that are unique.
Who are some of your favourite unsigned and indie authors?
I don’t really have any particular favourites as such, but I do go out of my way to discover new unsigned and indie authors.
What’s the best bit of writing advice that you’ve ever received?
Never give up and edit billions!
If you could go out for dinner with any three authors, living or dead, who would you pick?
J. R. R. Tolkien, J. K. Rowling and Stephen King. That would be an amazing dinner!
How do you get the word out about your work?
Mainly social media, websites and word of mouth.
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