Hands together please for Indie author Geoffrey West as we chat about what makes him tick as a writer.
So Geoffrey, what are the best and worst things about writing for you?
Best – getting a story finished, feeling that it’s come together properly. It’s rather like building a house: you can’t envisage the end of the job until it’s actually done, you can only do it in sections. I also enjoy doing anything I can to help other writers sell their books, via RTing or doing reviews of books I like.
Worst – trying to sell books, or any kind of marketing (unless it’s for other people).
You’ve been invited on Big Brother – Writers Special! Do you accept?
Depends on the other guests. I imagine successful writers can be like successful actors, behaving like ‘luvvies’ and showing off and being precious. But it would be great to chat to Julian Barnes or Rose Tremain or Sarah Waters, or Dick Francis’s son Felix, so yes, maybe it would be fun.
You’re going on a chat show to discuss your books. Whose is it and why?
Afraid I don’t watch many chat shows, so can’t think of anyone.
If you were offered a squillion pounds to never write again would you take it?
Well, er, er. . . Gulp. Maybe I should give the legal answer: I refuse to answer on the grounds it would incriminate me.
It’s your dream week as a writer, anything’s possible. Tell us about it.
Travelling around Europe and maybe even Asia. Doing all kinds of research into the history, and intricacies of cities all over the world, to use in future novels.
QUICK FIRE ROUND
Planner or Winger?
Neither. I don’t wing, but my planning’s pretty hopeless on the whole.
Night or morning?
Night night night every time. In the mornings I am dead.
Doer or procrastinator?
Doer. But a doer that does it slowly.
Writing, first draft or editing?
Like it best when I’ve got an idea going, and doing a second or third draft, altering, chucking out ideas and making changes. My best ideas have come as a result of scrapping an original idea and going on with the second. But I’d never have got the second idea without doing the first. Does that make any sense?
Tea or coffee?
Coffee every time. And I’ve grown to hate instant.
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The solo edit has been completed by hubbie and we are about to set sail on the joint edit. Eeek! Hissy-fits at the ready.