Inside The Author’s Head: Andrew Reid
Interview / July 31, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? Tea, as a question. My favourite Swedish word is juridiken, because I like to imagine lawyers in Stockholm yelling it as they throw fireballs at one another. Q2. What is your least favorite word? Quickly. For some reason everyone in my first drafts do things quickly. Global cull required. Also (and I’m cheating here) I hate it when I’m reading something and characters keep stepping forward. I understand the urge to do it – it physically inserts a character into the scene – but I can’t help imagining a cluster of people, still arguing, all chest to chest. Q3. How has social media helped your career? To some degree it is my career, thus far. When I started back in late 2008 I had no idea what I was doing in terms of reading, finding betas, critique, who to submit to, etc. Social media is to me a rolling conversation about the business. Who’s reading what, who’s looking for subs, competitions, beta requests. I heard someone complain once at the bar in a convention that there is a secret “in crowd” where you get all the answers to success in genre publishing. When I…

Inside The Author’s Head: Victoria Hooper
Interview / July 30, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? Disgruntled Q2. What is your least favorite word? Feisty Q3. How has social media helped your career? Social media is good for finding and talking to like-minded people, so helps with feeling inspired and motivated. One of the most important things it provides for me is a staff room or water cooler, as I work from home and so don’t get those normal office interactions. Information and advice is passed around quickly and easily, and it’s good for finding other people who might be interested in and connect with what you do. Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?  Distractions and procrastination! Also, so much advice and so many conflicting opinions flying around can get overwhelming if you let it. At times you need to step back and have a little quiet time away from the internet and just get on with things YOUR way. Q5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Hmm, perhaps Curator of History/Archaeology in a museum, working with ancient artefacts and art. Q6. What profession would you not like to do? Surgeon. I’m far too squeamish. Q7. What…

Inside The Author’s Head: Ren Warom
Interview / July 28, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? Buttocks Q2. What is your least favorite word? Nice Q3. How has social media helped your career? It’s connected me to a huge group of terrific friends/acquaintances who just happen to be writers, reviewers and artists etc. These awesome folk love art, they love to share art and ideas about art. That leads to opportunities I might otherwise not have seen or known about. It’s a community, and for the most part everyone is trying to help everyone else. Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?  Time theft. Connecting with my friends is important, but doing it properly takes time and I, like everyone else, don’t have masses of that to spare. Time spent connecting on social media is time lost when it comes to me getting on with the writing I need to do to get my career off the ground. That can be hard. Q5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Teaching. University level. So lecturing basically. Q6. What profession would you not like to do? Lots. Most heinous? Sales. *vomits* I tried sales once, loathed it with the passion…

Inside The Author’s Head: Colin F Barnes
Interview , News / July 27, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? Miasma Q2. What is your least favorite word? No Q3. How has social media helped your career? Through it, I have met like-minded writers who I would later go on to collaborate with, reviewers who kindly reviewed my work, fellow-readers who I could talk about books with. Writing can be a lonely profession. Having a world of potential friends at my fingertips has helped me through some very dark times. This in itself has helped remain positive and thus productive. Also, social media has acted like a hive mind for me. At terms when I’ve not been inspired, conversations and silly jokes online with the various people in my network has led me to story ideas, and helped me through barren spells. Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?  Because of the addictive nature of connecting with people it can be a distraction, and I’m sure the constant notifications, need to check Facebook and Twitter etc, leads to a reduction of attention span. I sometimes finding myself in the middle of a paragraph shifting over to one of the networks to see if there’s been an update;…

Inside The Author’s Head: Alasdair Stuart
Interview / July 26, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word?  Either ‘plinth’ or ‘nostrum’. The second is a latin word which if I remember correctly translates as fake or illusory cure. Q2. What is your least favorite word? ‘maybe’ or ‘whatever’. Q3. How has social media helped your career? Well I pretty much have one because of it. My RPG career kicked off when I was in the right place at the right time and the podcasts I host are by definition social media. So it’s basically where I work. Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?  The sense you sometimes get of always being on. I went for a job a few months ago, via social media. Didn’t get it. I follow the people at the company I applied for and them tweeting their welcomes to the person who got the job I applied for, have to say, stuck in my craw a little bit. Likewise, the occasional virulent dislike I catch on the escape artists messageboards is hard to walk away from. It’s very easy to always remember the negatives even when the positives vastly outweigh them. Q5. What profession other than your own would…

Inside The Author’s Head: Lou Morgan
Interview / July 25, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? Petrichor Q2. What is your least favorite word? Hyperbole Q3. How has social media helped your career? Without doubt it’s made it easier to reach readers. More importantly, it’s allowed me to engage with & generally chat to both people who’ve read my work or – more importantly – a section of the SFF community in general. Whether that really helps me in terms of my career is arguable, but it makes it a lot more fun! Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?  There’s little more unpleasant than having people being bitchy about something you’ve worked really hard on… and being able to see it. (In the worst cases, bei g goaded about it). You just have to be dignified and social-media blind for a bit – while jabbing a fork into the back of your hand. Q5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Something to do with the theatre of film. Probably directing. I’ve always been fascinated by the process of making plays and cinema. Both totally different; both incredible. Q6. What profession would you not like to do? Not…

Inside the Author’s Head: James Barclay
Interview / July 24, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? Git – it can be delivered with such force for so brief a word also Defenestrate  – because it is brilliant that there is a word for ‘to throw out of a window’ Q2. What is your least favorite word?  Nice – because it is utterly, utterly insipid and manages to convey so very little. Q3. How has social media helped your career? Connections to fans, new readers and others working in the genre. It’s about getting people interested in me rather than selling my books direct ( I have sold books because of a twitter chat as opposed to blatant pimping… which actually  I always do at publication time). Writing is a solitary business and social media is a good way to keep in touch. Also good in terms of learning about events, industry news and the like. Social media allows me to upset Justin Bieber fans at will. This is not a career development thing, it’s just good fun. Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?   It is a MASSIVE distraction at times, taking you out of your bubble, destroying concentration and wasting hour upon hour….

Inside The Author’s Head: Jennifer Williams
Interview / July 23, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? Oh, tough question! Probably “ennui”, partly thanks to the Edward Gorey-ness of it. Q2. What is your least favorite word? Moist Q3. How has social media helped your career? I have made so many important contacts – and friends – over twitter, it has become invaluable. It helped me find short story markets and the heart of the writing community, and it’s a great way to keep up with what’s going down in publishing. It even helped me find an agent! Also, there’s something quite unique and marvellous about being able to talk so easily with readers and fellow writers Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?   You have to exercise a lot of restraint. There’s always some sort of argument going down somewhere and like everyone, I have strong opinions. It’s important to remember that nothing is truly lost forever on social media, so if you have a bad day and decide to call someone a “steaming fuckwitted tosspot” you have to be ready to stand by that forever. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, but it can mean writing out lots of posts…

Inside The Author’s Head: James Everington
Interview / July 22, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word?  “Forlorn” – lovely word. Q2. What is your least favorite word? “Shorts” when used as an abbreviation for ‘short stories’ by people who should know better. Q3. How has social media helped your career? It has helped immensely, or rather all the brilliant/eccentric/book-obsessed people I’ve met through it have. For example, I doubt I’d have my current book out via the ace small-press who are publishing it if it wasn’t for social media. I hope social media has allowed me to help a few people back, too, in whatever small way. Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?   Mainly by eating into what little writing time I have. Also, I’ve promised so many people on Twitter a drink should we ever meet in real life that I’ll be destitute if I ever encounter them all at onc Q5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Lock-keeper. Somewhat naively, I imagine it allows you plenty of reading time. Q6. What profession would you not like to do? Driving instructor. Q7. What is your favorite curse word?   “Ruddy” Q8. If Heaven exists, what would you…

Inside The Author’s Head: Marc Nash
Interview / July 19, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? Flabelliform Q2. What is your least favorite word? accommodation (mainly cos I can never spell it properly) Q3. How has social media helped your career? no career without it (such as it is). Forced me to come out from under my stone and get the privilege of talking to readers before they buy my book, as they buy it, while they read it and after they’ve finished it. Eat your heart out Evelyn Waugh. But it’s also led me to think creatively in new ways and that’s fed back into my writing – new digital platforms for narrative etc Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?  None about social media itself (though you have to be careful in how you portray yourself through SM). The issue is more one of having to do nall the marketing & promotion yourself, even if others RT you, it’s still down to you every day and that takes time away from the writing Q5. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Bass guitarist and lyricist in an art noise band Q6. What profession would you not like…

Inside The Author’s Head: Geraldine Clark Hellery
Interview / July 18, 2013

Q1. What is your favorite word? ‘Epic’ at the moment but it changes every couple of months.  Q2. What is your least favorite word? ‘Christ’ when used as an expletive but that could just be that it’s overused by a colleague alllll day. I’m not a big fan of the ‘c’ word either but sometimes it’s the best word for the job. Q3. How has social media helped your career? Social media has allowed me to interact with so many interesting people, and get my writing out to a wider number of people than my immediate family & friends. It’s also introduced me to new ideas and concepts which has encouraged me to try new styles of writing and read a wider variety of authors than I had previously.  However, the biggest way it’s helped is by allowing me to keep in contact with writers & publishers like Adele, thereby getting my work into print. Q4. What would you say are the downsides to social media in your career?  Procrastination! I could spend hours on twitter/Facebook when I should really be writing and I’ll frequently get caught up in the latest ‘twitter storm’.  My work knows I’m a writer and…