Today, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Glenn Beavers, a British children's book author.
I played with the idea for over ten/fifteen years, not really thinking I could or not entirely taking the notion seriously.
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
Good question. How long is a piece of string? It depends on my time dedicated to the idea and the ideas I generate to make a story come together. My shortest a few weeks, then the editing and design, ending up months.
3. What do you think makes a great story?
Something that captures people's /children's imaginations. Something they become a part of.
4. What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
To be truthful erratic, and inconsistent. This aspect I need to work on and dedicate myself to the project.
5. How do you balance family and writing?
It's really not a problem at the moment; life in general, work, living, day-to-day events do cause interference.
6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Ideas I don't usually have a problem with; something will generally pop out of my head. Any information otherwise is by asking people or googling for information.
7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book/s?
Despite the industry being very hard to break into, or, in my case, it has been. The surprising things are the fact I can do this, and secondly, I'm blown away when both adults and children say they really liked them or even loved them, which I do get. That feels very satisfying. It feels good, especially with being a welder for over forty years. This is quite different.
8. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
Twelve books so far, my favourite at a squeeze would be Rasta Christmas and the Santa Corps. But all of them, really. When you hatch an idea then turn it into a story and children or parents like it, that is a very cool feeling.
9. Are your characters based on anyone you know?
No, not really, not as yet.
10. Do you have a favourite place you love to write?
If given a choice at a desk with a view. When writing and stopping for a while, I tend to daydream and then ideas flow from fresh air, not all the time but quite often.
11. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Just get on with life; whatever that is at that moment in time.
12. Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they?
Just do it, do it to any level you feel comfortable with a nice simple little story for friends and family or a best seller. AND DO NOT LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHO SAY YOU CANT!!!
13. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
When I grew up one of two and don't ask me why I have no idea, A) Vicar and B) a Comedian.
14. What are your favourite books, and which authors inspire you?
To start with Steven King then James Clavell. I read Lord of the Rings. J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter I think for me; her use of words is like liquid velvet, I think she's a great writer. But I tend to love auto and biographies. Mainly of people who have struggled then come out on top and won through, A bit like a kind of Rocky, it could be a simple thing but someone who has struggled and done well.
15. What are you working on now?
Geoffrey. Possibly which is a tall order or I cant choose, Rasta three, SWIFT three, George and Queenie two or even a blobysaurus stand alone spin off from Queenie. So not really sure.