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Author Peter JohnPeter John (Author Interview)

I was born in Bromley, Kent back in the early seventies. I spent most of my childhood riding bikes, playing tag and kicking tin cans around the street, unless there was an actual football to hand. At the age of fourteen I had a milestone experience. Prior to that I had never shown the slightest interest in writing, if I remember rightly I wanted to be an astronaut, but then I got put into detention one afternoon. I had failed to bring in my homework assignment and the teacher had punished me by forcing me to write a short story during the lunch time break. While all the other boys kicked tin cans around the playground, I was sat in a room on my own with a sandwich, a carton of Kia-Ora and an exercise book. I picked at the sandwich while staring at the blank…

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Alan Hardy (Author Interview)

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Author Alan Hardy Alan Hardy (Author Interview)

When did you first consider yourself “a writer”?

Well, I suppose what you’re getting at here is not me as a snotty-nosed teenager giving myself literary graces and ambitions (as we all did , I suppose) but when I first really thought I’d achieved something that designated me as a writer. The first ‘proper’ thing I got published was an article in a learned educational journal (I’m an English teacher), but I reckon it was when I started getting poems accepted fairly regularly by magazines that I tentatively started to think of myself as a writer. I’ve been a poet much longer than a novelist, although writing prose is my ‘mania’ at present.

When you write, do you write the story you want to write or do you write what you think will sell?

I think it’s a bit of both. My stuff tends to be…

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The Indie Collaboration in the News

The Indie Collaboration makes The News.

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The Indie Collaboration is Making a Splash in the International Anthology Market for Books!

The Indie Collaboration is in the US news for making a splash in the International Anthology Market for books! Congratulations to a hard-working group of talented Independent authors for producing a wondering series of anthologies and for being recognized for having a unique process that allows International voices and stories to be heard that might otherwise get squeezed out of the market by the large publishing houses.

Kiss and Tales by The Indie Collaboration as seen in Small Business Trendsetters online Kiss and Tales by The Indie Collaboration as seen in Small Business Trendsetters

This month (March 2014) The Indie Collaboration was recognized by Small Business Trendsetters magazine with a spotlight article in their small business section focused on the latest addition to the anthology series, Kiss and Tales: A Romantic Collection. Small Business Trendsetters chose to honor the Indie Collaboration for their unique mission of banding together talented international…

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A. L. Butcher (Author Interview)

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Nine Heroes  A. L. Butcher (Author Interview)

When you write, do you write the story you want to write or do you write what you think will sell?

I write what I want to write, and where the story takes me. Sometimes that isn’t where I planned to go and often it takes a while and several false turns to get there but the story will get there in the end. What sells and what doesn’t isn’t easy the fathom, even a great book needs to be found, and even a bad one might sell well enough with determined marketing, or a lot of luck, at least for a while.  No book is guaranteed to sell.

How do story ideas and characters come to you?

Usually at really inconvenient times and places! The characters for the series are established now, at least the main ones but although I know the general arcing…

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Jim Murdoch (Author Interview)

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  Author Jim Murdoch HeadshotJim Murdoch (Author Interview)

When did you first consider yourself “a writer”?

When I was ten years old. Really, I enjoyed reading stories and discovered the fun of writing stories at school. I did attempt my first novel then, but the real inspiration would come over forty years later.

When you write, do you write the story you want to write or do you write what you think will sell?

I honestly write what comes to me. I haven’t yet thought much about what would sell. Then again what does sell?

The books which sell the most were rejected before they finally started selling. If a story is well written and tells a human story then I believe there are those who want to read it. When I write I am building on a vague idea which has come to me through inspiration. Then as I write the story…

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