In the words of a novelist…

Hello readers, in the spirit of finding inspiration, here’s an interview with bestselling novelist Richard Wall, who penned the literary piece Fat Man Blues and goes on to discuss his creative outlets, schedule and current works in progress.

Richard Wall MA, best-selling author of Fat Man Blues

When did you realise you wanted to be an author?

I don’t recall a definite time where I made a conscious decision. I’ve always loved writing and becoming an author was, to me, a natural progression.

What is your schedule like when you’re writing?

My day job is writing technical documentation. Creative writing is done when I get some downtime. I usually have a music playlist that’s linked to whatever I’m writing. As soon as the playlist starts I’m back in the zone and able to pick up where I left off.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

When I realised the characters were telling me the story…I don’t plan any of my stories, I begin with an idea and see where it goes. I let the characters guide the way.

Where do you get the ideas and inspiration for your stories?

All over the place. A partially downloaded email showing a fragment of text. A conversation with a stranger in a bar. It could be anything…

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Good question. Playing music through headphones gets me into the writing zone. Is that a quirk? I don’t have any rituals or superstition that I follow. I do try and drop in obscure musical or literary references into dialogue.

How long does it take you to write a book?

My first novel, Fat Man Blues, took 3 years. My second, Near Death, was finished in 2 years.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? And if so, how do you override it?

So far I haven’t. When I start a project I get a good idea if it’s going to work and that usually carries me forward.

Are you working on a new book at the moment?

I’m still in the editing stage of my second novel, Near Death. Once that’s done I have an idea for a sequel to Fat Man Blues, and a collection of all of my short stories and poetry.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read as much as you can to learn how others write. Find your own voice, and trust in yourself. Keep at it and accept that not everyone will get your work. Find a good editor. Help other writers where you can. Join a writing group. Experiment with different types of writing, short stories, poetry etc. Above all, enjoy it.

To find out more about Richard Wall’s literary works, please visit his website: richardwall.org

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