Friday, 27 September 2019

Interview with Joey Paul


I decided that since I spend Fridays promoting other authors, that I might do something a little different and answer my own questions today! It felt like something fun to do!

So you all know about me already so let's get onto the interview!

In your own writing, which character of yours do you relate to most?
I'd have to say characters that I've written more recently, like Jessie from the Cramping Chronicles series which is starting next year. She's disabled, with similar conditions to me, and I can't help but feel like I get her on a deep level. That could be because I wrote her, but also because I relate to her so very much!

Do you read your own genre? Is it a favourite?
I do! Depending on which genre I'm writing in at the moment. I think the only one I don't read that much is fantasy, and that's simply because I've never really been one for that genre even though I ended up writing a whole series in it! I think my favourite genre has to still be the crime/mystery genre and I love YA. I could read YA until the day I die and never grow tired of it!

If you had to describe your style in three words, what would they be?
Relatable, Intriguing, Real

What was the first story you ever told?
I think it would have to be the one I wrote when I was about six or seven. I was staying with my great-nan and she loved cats so I wrote a whole "book" about cat people and their lives. There was even a murder mystery which I'm sure worried her no doubt!

Was writing always your dream choice of career?
Yes and no. I didn't plan to be a writer when I grew up, that was always going to be a back up plan, but the majority of my life I wanted to be a doctor. It was something I knew from a young age and it was really only when I got sick and had to stop college, and then stop working, that I fell into writing. I'd always loved telling stories, but I kinda saw it as something I'd do in my spare time!

Do you have a writing space? Pictures or descriptions!
I do! I have my desk, which is a huge corner desk from IKEA and it's basically my go-to writing space. It has room for all my notes, my pop vinyl army and everything I need. When we moved to this place, there were two rooms for me since the lift goes through them, and so I finally got an office, which is where I do all my creating! Unless I'm writing in bed and then I have a nice set up there too!

Playlists? Yes or no? And why?
No, not for me. I have a hearing issue and it makes it impossible for me to listen to any type of music and still concentrate. I can just about manage with background noise like cafe sounds or such, but music is a no-go when writing!

Which social media do you see as a must for writers?
Hmm, I think for me the big ones are Twitter and Instagram. I love meeting new people on both and I do seem to spend most of my time split between the two! I think it also depends on what genre you write as to whether or not you hang on on Facebook and the like. I personally have as many as I can, but obviously I'm not hugely active on all of them!

Where do you hang out most online?
I'd have to say an even split between Twitter and Instagram. I do daily posts on both and will do Insta-stories throughout the day as well. It works well for me!

Do you have a favourite app for writing? 
I use Open Office. I used to do Word but it kept losing my work and so now I only use that for formatting and such. I'm pretty happy with Open Office though I do have OfficeSuite Pro on my tablet and phone for any writing away from my computer.

Organised or not?
I'm pretty organised. I have my time slotted out, I know when I'm supposed to be writing and what. I make sure that everything has it's place, which is really weird because in the planning aspect of writing, I am not organised at all!

What's your favourite book you've read?
Why did I put this one on here?? LOL. I would have to say that I love the Alphabet series by Sue Grafton. I was devastated when she died since it meant the series would stop at Y, but I do love it. I re-read it at least once a year.

Morning or evening writer?
I'm very much an afternoon writer. I will be setting up to get going around 11/midday and then will write until I finish, but usually for a good few hours and then I'm done by about 4/5 time.

If you had a hashtag for your books, what would it be?
#ExploreTheUnexpected

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