I would like to welcome Brian Wilson into the author’s spotlight.
Brian has always been interested in writing and initially planned to become a journalist. His dad persuaded him to pursue a job as an accounts clerk because there was a greater likelihood of a work. Brian eventually followed his writing dream and took the time to tell us about his latest work: Bumpy Roads – a collection of short stories
Please tell us a little bit about the book you wrote.
This book follows on from my first book- Moments in Time- 30 short stories written following the Christchurch, New Zealand, earthquakes. It includes stories of post-earthquake Christchurch and the bumpy roads Christchurch people have to literally and figuratively travel down, as well as other humorous and thought-provoking stories based in other countries. There are a total of 35 stories, many with surprise twists.
The book also includes five stories from a guest author-Rachel Coop and you can be assured that her stories are worth reading; a young talent with a bright future.
What is your day job?
I was working in a specialized area of tax, but I have recently taken early retirement so I can have a life.
What would you say is the most challenging part of writing a book?
The most challenging parts for me are the beginnings and endings.
Did you conduct any kind of research in order to write this book (visit certain locales, etc.)?
A little research, but most stories are built around my experiences and knowledge. Stories based in other countries are places I have visited. This year I was away in March and April in Japan and China.
How long did it take you to write this book?
The book took about a year, though there is a lot of time spent in reviewing and checking.
Tell me about the publishing process. Was it easier or more difficult than you thought it would be?
It was easier as I have published previously. There is a lot of work to do after publishing a book though.
What tools/methods have you employed to promote your book? What advice would you give to writers regarding promotion?
For marketing purposes an author needs to be known and this is the problem for those of us who are self-published. How do we become known?
Some of the best authors are self-published; even earlier writers like Charles Dixons and Beatrix Potter. How do you the reader find these authors, when there are hundreds of thousands of books out there on the internet –many better than what you will find in a book shop? Today the internet allows the reader to make this choice rather than to be limited to or dictated to by book shops and traditional publishers.
How do the self-published become known when we do not have the same financial resources as those of traditional publishers available for marketing? The internet through social media such as Facebook and twitter, and through websites, blogs and other media formats goes some way to resolve this problem. If you the reader enjoy a book then why not tell your friends and help the good writers to become known. These are the tools I use and in addition I have been the guest speaker at a writers group.
Are you working on new projects?
I am working on my third book of short stories
What are your favorite TV shows?
I am a bit of a TV addict. I like American idol, the x factor, border patrol, the news and current affairs.
Who gets to read your drafts before they’re published?
Family members and some friends. Feedback is important.
Do you need visual media to describe people or places? (Some authors use pics. out of magazines)
I use places I have been and my own experiences. Pictures from books and information from the internet do not include the smells, sounds and atmosphere.
Name one thing that drives you crazy.
As a male I find multi-tasking difficult. It really blows my mind if I try talking on the phone and watching TV.
Books written by Brian Wilson:
Moments in Time