26 April 2012

Book Savvy Spotlight on Fred Maddox

Bringing you exclusive interviews with authors featured in the Book Savvy Newsletter.Our Guest is Fred Maddox*
Enjoy the interview.

Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'A Genuine Fake?'
I had been around the motor car business since leaving school until early retirement. I initially started as an apprentice mechanic at a large Rover dealer and then filtered into the spares side of the industry working for a national chain of wholesalers progressing to regional manager.  
A Genuine Fake is a story of how a young lady struggles with her antiques business against what she sees as unfair competition. She is introduced to a plan which turns her business around, but having achieved success she becomes engulfed with greed and wants more. She resorts to underhand and illegal tactics to achieve this. As with most greedy people though, fate is always ready to take a hand.

Q2. Why did you decide to begin writing? What sparked the desire to pen your first book?
Story writing has always been in my blood. I started putting pen to paper at a very early age, and that desire to write has never left me. I suppose it's because I have an overactive imagination. However it wasn't until I took early retireent that I decided to take it up seriously and put more effort into getting pubished.

Q3. What are your favourite aspects of writing? And the most challenging?
My favourite aspect of writing is the art of description. The most challenging is to make whatever I am describing, whether it is a person or a scene, to become visible before the readers' eyes.

Q4. How do you plan a book? Do you plot the story or do you just get an idea and run with it?
When an idea for a story appears in my head, I run it through my mind first to evaluate if it will indeed make a feasible story. I then plan the ending before I start writing.

Q5. How do you come up with a title?
I try to reflect the story in the title, but I don't think about the title until the story is finished.

Q6. What is your favourite genre and why?
I have a fascination for the supernatural and the unknown which reflects in most of my stories, but I try to steer away from the macabre side of it.

Q7. Are there any authors or books that have had a strong influence on you?
There are two authors I am most influenced by. Charles Dickens because of his flair for description, and Steven King for his imagination.

Q8. What are your interests when you are not writing?
Writing takes up a lot of my time but I like to dabble in wood work and pottering about the garden.

Q9. What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?
My first reaction was to contact family and friends either by email or facebook and get them to tell their friends. I visited local book stores, and I found local book clubs very useful in spreading the word.

Q10. If you had to pick just one book marketing tool that you've used to promote your book, which would you say has been the most effective?
To date I think Facebook, followed by my local book clubs has proved the most successful.

Q11. Do you do more promoting online or offline and which do you prefer?
I don't think I have a preference between online or offline. Both have proved to as good as each other.

Q12. Are you concerned about the effect of e-publishing on traditional books?
I think ebooks are a good thing. They are getting people to read books who would normally not bother to visit a book store.

Q13. What kinds of feed-back have you received from your readers, good and bad?
The feedback I have received up to now has been very favourable.

Q14. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers or even fellow authors?
Never give up. Have faith in your work, and always take note of good constructive criticism.

Thank you for your time. We wish you every success in your writing career.

*Fred Maddox was born in Stoke-on-Trent during the bleak times of the war years. He's had a career as a Regional Manager for a national motor components distributor and later, migrated to Cyprus, where he decided to consolidate his writing.
Fred is the author of
'Deadlier Than The Male', 'A Genuine Fake' and 'JOSS', his latest novel.



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