David has given such short answers to his questions I thought it only fair to add a little more about him. He’s a full-time writer who believes strongly that with imagination we can change the world. He is a novelist and winner of a HarperCollins contest to find a new children’s writer with his young adults novel Hybrids (“stunningly clever” The Times). He is founder of the Cli-Fi Authors Facebook group with his novel set in Wales, Stormteller. He has also written and commissioned many comics and graphic novels for publishers, including Marvel Comics and, as a co-founder of the London Screenwriters Workshop, writes and teaches scriptwriting. On the non-fiction side he is author of thousands of articles on renewable energy and sustainable development and of over ten books on Passive Solar Architecture, Solar Energy, The One Planet Life, Energy Management in Buildings and Industry, Sustainable Fuels, Sustainable Cities, and Sustainable Home Refurbishment.
Welcome David, good to be chatting with you today.
What was the first thing you ever wrote?
Did you ever do a writing course?
What are you working on now?
What genre are your books?
What draws you to this genre?
Which writers inspire you?
What is the most difficult thing about writing?
How much research do you do?
When did you decide to become a writer?
Why do you write?
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
Where do your ideas come from?
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Do you let the book stew – leave it for a month and then come back to it to edit?
What else do you write besides children’s books?
What advice would you give to your younger self?
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
And these are the links to more of David’s work
- Stormteller(Cambria Books, 2014)
- Hybrids(HarperCollins, 2008)
- Captain Britain(Marvel Comics, 2010)
- Doc Chaos: the Chernobyl Effect (Hooligan Press, 1988 and Cambria Books 2012)
- Best Practices and Case Studies for Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement (with Oung, K. and Fawkes, S. UNEP, 2016)
- The One Planet Life: A Blueprint for Low Impact Development (Routledge 2014)
- Earthscan Expert Guide to Energy Management in Buildings (Earthscan, 2013)
- Earthscan Expert Guide to Energy Management in Industry (Earthscan, 2013)
- Earthscan Expert Guide to Solar Technology (Earthscan, 2011)
- Earthscan Expert Guide to Sustainable Home Refurbishment (Earthscan, 2010)