Author Interview #11, with author of fiction, historical fiction, essays and poetry, Derek Haines!
Describe yourself in 5 words:
Author, Poet, Songwriter, Grammarian, Idiot.
Share a short excerpt and blurb of your work (10-100 words):
An author of fiction, historical fiction, essays and poetry. Derek Haines writes his books, novels and e-books from a view of what fascinates him and not from a formula based on one theme or genre. Starting with poetry before moving into essays and novels, his writing is varied but is always written in a style that communicates with and engages his readers.
Share an excerpt of your favorite author’s work (10-100 words):
As a self confessed devotee of Douglas Adams I just adore this quote.
“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”
Comment on the writing versus publication process, in your experience:
In my mind the tag of self-publishing is only correct if you are willing to follow the ‘stick a book on Amazon and forget about it’ method. If you are really determined and willing to do the hard work that a traditional publisher does for their authors then you should be called an independent author and publisher. Or in other words a writer, author, editor, proofreader, graphic designer, administrator and imaginative marketing guru. It might have taken you a year to write your book, but you will need to market it and sell it for the next ten years at least. Nine times the effort. Yes indeed.
What is your definition of “good writing”?
Short words. Writing is not a contest in trying to confuse your reader.
Please share your #1 tip for writers:
Don’t listen to advice. Be yourself in your writing but don’t be afraid to recycle good ideas…
As Picasso famously said: “Good Artists Copy; Great Artists Steal.”