Interview with an Author - Ross Young

  • Tell me a little about yourself, personally.

I live in rural France with my wife, daughter and a mysterious and well travelled dog that might be a cross between an Egyptian hound and a Rhodesian ridgeback but we're pretty much guessing. I've been lucky enough to work and live in the middle east and far east but I'm originally from Newcastle Upon Tyne. In between failed renovation projects I fit in as much writing as possible. I used to be a teacher but gave it up recently to spend more time with my family. I'm not as old as I sound...this is a little awkward isn't it? Well those are the basics. I'm also very sarcastic, quite quiet, and deceptively anti-social...

  • What is the name of the book or books you have published?

Dead Heads

  • Where can they be found?

Amazon - both ebook and paperbook (and free if you've got kindle unlimited).

  • Do you have any current WIPs?

The sequel to Dead Heads - Get Ted Dead is due out this year.

  • How are they going?

Well Dead Heads was released about eight years ago Get Ted Dead has taken about eight years so far...ouch. It is now going very well.

  • What got you into writing?

I've always written. Most of the time for pleasure. I really got into it in my teens where I started penning a lot of short stories (and ahem poetry). It was a way to empty out a lot of the strange thoughts running through my head as I've always had an over-active imagination and a habit of being a smart arse. Writing stuff down seemed to help me keep my mouth shut a little more. I can't say it continues to do that but I can't stop now!

  • What keeps you focused?

I try to have goals. Things like NanoWriMo really help to remind me what I am capable of if I start to lose steam with my writing. I'm very easily distracted and usually have multiple things going one at one time. This means that while I've got Get Ted Dead as my primary goal I'm trying to avoid looking in my 'ideas' or alternative WIP folders because they'll suck me in pretty quickly. If I'm in the right mood, which I normally find just by giving myself an extended period in front of a blank page, things flow pretty quickly. I think I'm quite lucky like that and I don't take it for granted. Of course part of that means I write a lot of gibberish. Apparently there are putter inners and taker outers...I'm definitely guilty of writing thousands of words where I know it's all a pointless tangent to the story I'm writing, so a taker outer if there ever was one. I also laugh a lot at my own writing - this could be because I'm not okay...or I'm hilarious...I'm going with the first one.

  • What gives you inspiration?

Reading brilliant work by others. I spend a lot of my reading time thinking, 'I wish I'd thought of that'. The writing community on Twitter are inspiring as well they've done a lot to lift how I think and feel about my work.

  • How do you battle writer’s block?

Write gibberish. Write anything. It really doesn't matter if it's terrible. It it's completely unrelated to anything I'm doing I still write something. I also recommend taking characters, even very minor characters, and putting them into a situation that makes them angry. Making characters angry can reveal a lot about them and, probably because I like getting angry about stuff, I find this comes easily even when I'm in a dry spell.

  • Did you decide on traditional or self publishing?

Self publishing

  • What made you make that choice?

Impudence. I published quite some time ago when self publishing ebooks was a little newer than it was now and wanted to get my work out there. There isn't a great monetary goal behind my writing, it's strange and quite unusual so I just put it out there and then I panicked. I still think it was the right way to go for me but it's a very personal choice and there are a huge number of things to consider. If a publisher or agent found my work and said, 'Hey want a book deal?' I would bite their arm off, from the shoulder, then I'd apologise and accept. But querying and submitting wasn't for me at the time and I'll stick with it for now.

  • How does it feel to be considered an author?

Flattering? Awkward. I'm lucky to have been a professional in other areas and I know that to really feel like you 'are' something is entirely down to your own mindset. I know that I am an author I'm just not too sure I think about it very much. Maybe that will change but for now I'm happy to be a writer who has published some stuff.

  • What’s your social media platforms for people to find you?

Twitter is the best place to find me @inkdisregardit

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