Friday 14 December 2018

Interview With Ian Pattinson

I am delighted to welcome Ian Pattinson to the blog for an interview. Here's a little about Ian:

I've been writing almost all my life, but it kicked into a higher gear when the Kindle came along. Writing under a number of pen names, I try to tease away at the edges of genres, looking for the stories that haven't been told yet.

And onto the interview! 

How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing stories ever since I learnt to write, and self published my first book in 2001 through a print on demand service. But I started doing it seriously when the Kindle came along and I was able to publish for it.

Do you write in the genre you love to read?
My favourite reading at the moment is non-fiction, but I find it inspires and informs my fiction. I’m a fan of science fiction and pulpy adventure and horror, and write in those genres. I also write crime, but I tend to consume that genre as films and TV shows, rather than prose.

I also have two pseudonyms who write the sort of erotica I'd love to read, but which isn't easy to find.

Do you have any favourite authors to read?
I was a big fan of Terry Pratchet, but, since his passing, I haven’t had any one author whose work I have been involved with in the same way.

Are you an organised writer or not?
I was organised for the first half of this year. Then I finished two novels within a couple of weeks of each other, without a plan for the next projects. I also started doing two webcomics around this time, and my prose production hasn’t been the same since then.

What's your idea of a perfect writing day?
Any day when I can get writing done early on is good. It sets me up for a productive day all round.

Do you like editing or is it something you loathe?
I’ve learnt to enjoy editing more in the last couple of years. I let a project sit for a while before doing two edits- one on screen, and then another on a printed copy.

What's your favourite social media? And why?
I’ve recently started posting to Instagram, and I’m enjoying that more than the other social media I use at the moment. I don’t know how to use it for promotion so much, though.

Twitter is something of an essential, but it’s becoming ever more infuriating because of the bots and problems with hate speech etc.

Do you have a favourite writing food? Drink?
Tea. Always tea. (Oh, okay, occasionally coffee.) I try not to snack whilst writing.

How often do you write? Do you have a schedule?
My schedule for the first half of the year was, when I could, to write before breakfast, which would get me off to a good start for the day. When I’m on a roll, I can write every day, but I don’t always manage that.

You can follow Ian on Twitter.

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