Author Neal James interviewed by Nat Wood, M/M Romance Stories Blog
Firstly, tell us five things about yourself.
1. I’m an accountant by trade, and have been in this line of work since 1974
2. I’m 60 years old, and have been married for 36 of those
3. I’ve been writing since 2006
4. I now have five books out on general release and available worldwide
5. There are three completed manuscripts, two partially written books, and two more ideas on the drawing board
When did you decide you wanted to be an author?
2007, when one of my short stories made it into a full-length novel and was accepted by a publisher in Kent.
How did you choose to write the genre you do and are there any genres that you would like to write some day?
Crime just seemed to follow naturally from my first novel, ‘A Ticket to Tewkesbury’, but I’m not restricted to that genre. My anthology ‘Short Stories Volume One’, published in 2009, contains 36 pieces of varying styles.
Tell us about your writing technique. Do you plan out every chapter detail beforehand or write as you go? Is there a particular environment and situation that helps to aid your writing?
As an accountant I use a spreadsheet to control the structure of the plot, and MS Word for a more detailed outline of the text. Each chapter is laid out to ensure that I don’t make continuity or anachronistic mistakes. I can write pretty much anywhere when the ideas come to me, but background noise (radio, record player) is very distracting.
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