Echo @EchoTheBook1 #Q&A #SelfPublished

Echo

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“Believe me, hearing her kill isn’t something you forget.”

Would you kill for your own survival?

How far would you go to protect somebody you just met?

Is the future inevitable, or can it be changed?

One week is all it took for Chloe to change the lives of Jackson and Allister, two private eyes who thought they had seen it all.

Who is the girl with glowing eyes, and what does she want with Chloe? Will Jackson and Allister be able to stop her?

Echoes of the past and future collide and a young girl’s life hangs in the balance.

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Author Q&A

 

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When I saw a post from R.C Glenn’s on twitter. Asking for bloggers to help promote his new book, I jumped at the chance to help a self published author and to learn about the man himself and his book.

Q1: What inspired you to write Echo?

I have been writing ever since I was in primary school in one way or another, but always for myself and rarely let others read anything I wrote. A year ago, I decided that I had to do what I have been putting off for most of my life and actually put my work out there. Make the jump, as it were. The actual idea for Echo however, came from a sitcom a friend and myself wrote around 10 years ago. It was about two private investigators who worked in Tenerife and received text messages about the future that they then needed to solve to save a life. We wrote eight episodes in total. Sadly nothing ever came of it, but the idea always stuck with me. As did one of the characters. Chloe. She was only in one script, but both myself and the co-writer Mark felt she had the potential for a larger story. That story became Echo. Which while having some similarities with the sitcom, took on it’s own tone and genre. Becoming a much darker tale. I never set any limits on what the story would become and just let it find it’s own way. Which turned out to be the right choice.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I know exactly who I would like if I was ever lucky enough to get a TV/film deal. There are three main characters and the actors I would choose for each are as follows: Jackson by Colin Morgan (Humans) Allister by Matt Lewis (Harry Potter) and Chloe by Olivia Swinton (a relatively unknown singer/actress, but one of my beta readers suggested her as they felt she would be perfect for the role.) I think each of them would do the roles justice.

Q3: Why did you decide to self publish?

I knew from the start that getting an agent, let alone a publisher to consider you was a huge challenge. Especially as an unknown author. I have a very busy life and felt that self publishing would be a better option for me personally. I can fit my writing and marketing around work and family commitments. Also I can choose my own release date. Which is a huge bonus.

Q4: Which authors inspired you to write?

There’s a question haha. I’ve read thousands of books over the years and have had many favourite authors along the way. At the moment I would say the most inspirational authors for me are Alex Scarrow, (Time Riders) Will Hill, (Department 19) Michael Grant (Gone) and Charlie Higson (The Enemy). Each have written some amazing book series which made me want to attempt the same. I would recommend all four of them.

Q5: What are your writing routines?

I write whenever I can grab five minutes to myself. As I said previously this is usually on the bus or on my lunch break. Occasionally at home if I have some spare time. I have learned the hard way that to try and set aside time to write is to invite catastrophe to intervene. But I’ve found my current system works well for me personally. I’ve already written nearly 50k words for my follow up book, so it seems to be a system that works for now at least.

Q6: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

To not try and force a story to go a certain way. Let it find it’s own direction. If you intended one aspect to play a bigger part but it isn’t working, then leave it alone to a smaller contribution. If a character you only intended to have a minor role demands to play a bigger part, then let them. More than a few of my characters were not happy with the small parts they had to play and kept coming back. Jade being the best example. She originally was intended for nothing more than a background character in one part of the story. She just kept showing up and became a very important character to the story. Sometimes the idea knows better than I do, so just follow it.

Q7: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

If you have an idea that keeps trying to push it’s way out, then grab a pen and start writing. Not everybody can be a writer, but if you’ve got the itch then scratch it. Twenty years ago, only the lucky got to publish a book. Now anybody can, if you want it and are prepared to put the work in.

Q8: What writing tools do use, and which one could you not live without?

I write the old fashioned way with a note pad and biro pen. I then copy onto word on my phone then rework the final draft on my home computer. The majority of my writing I do on the bus or on my launch break at work. So all I really need is a pad, a pen and my phone and I’m away. Also my imagination. I could not live without a pad and pen though. My writing is more organic with them and flows easier.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

I’m a train conductor, so I would be doing that. I would like to write full time, so let’s see what the future brings.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

As this my debut novel I imagine there will be a lot my readers will not know. Which is probably a good thing. But I will say that I am a massive geek and have been since before it was cool haha. I have collected Transformer action figures (they are not toys!!) for most of my life, and have thousands of comics and animated television shows. I’m a fan of Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, Red Dwarf and many more traditionally geeky shows. But strangely not Dr Who. No idea why. So yeah, I’m a geek, and proud of it.

Thank you, Richard. I am surprised you’re not writing stories about the people you meet on the train. But maybe that market is a little crowded at the moment.

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Richard has been writing in one form or another since he was a child, but Echo is the first story he has self-published and is the first in a four-part story.

With a busy personal and work life, he wrote the book with a biro pen on a notepad before copying it on his phone, almost exclusively while travelling to work on the bus or during his lunch break, proving to himself that you can always find time to make a dream a reality.

Born in Birmingham, and having moved around England, Richard finally settled in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where he lives with his family and no pets, whatsoever.”

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