Friday, December 2, 2016

Fast Friday Indie Interviews: Tim Rees

Tim Rees

Tell me about yourself?

Published by The History Press in 2013 with the memoir In Sights, I have since written two novels, Delphian and WTF. I have self-published both novels, the reason being, my agent asked me to cut 60,000 words from Delphian before he read it, because, he said, 170,000 wouldn't be considered by traditional publisher by a debut novelist. Okay, so now I'm a debut novelist rather than a published author... I, of course, refused to cut 60,000 words as it would, in my opinion, ruin the book. The reason was explained to me as the price point. Anything over 250 pages and the costs escalate and the price point for a thriller paperback is £7.99.  I immediately set about writing a novel that would come in at 250 pages and this WTF was born. By this time I have researched and learned a lot about indie publishing and am liking what I see and experience, so self-publish WTF as well.

Prior to all this, my background is the military where I saw action in the Falklands war and then I moved into BBC drama where The Play For Today, Mimosa Boys, was written from my diary and letters of the war. After Mimosa Boys I worked on six plays for BBC Belfast and returned to Wales to work on many more dramas. I left the BBC to focus on my own material. After a series of short stories, I wrote a novel about a black president coming to power and what the Klu Klux Klan were doing to prevent it. The novel was extremely well received by junior editors in major publishing houses such as HarperCollins and it was also being considered by a major Hollywood film producer, but the outcome was the novel wasn't published because the senior people pulled the plug due to a fear of riots on the streets...

I have written numerous short stories, one of which has been produced for BBC TV. Both my current novels have been scripted and are currently in front of producers. Film and TV is my primary target. Writing the novel is my way of cementing my interpretation of the story I want to tell...

Tell me about your current Book.

I would like to tell you a secret, but can you handle the truth?

The British intelligence community now has a problem. A secret agent who specialised in cover-up operations is now hell bent on disclosing top secret medical research funded by the British government. He is now a rogue agent whose conscience has been compromised. Now he's a law unto himself. He is an assassin with a conscience. The clock is ticking as he’s pursued by the British secret service and he’s determined to save as many innocent lives as possible.

People believe money is power, but he understands it is with information where real power lies.

There's no such thing as good and evil, there's just people.

What are you working on now?

A sequel to Delphian.

Where is your favorite place to be when you write?

It doesn't matter so long as I am not interrupted.

What is your favorite Website?

Facebook. It has reconnected me with so many valued friends and ex lovers.



Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Quotes of the Week

The best stories don’t come from good vs. bad but from good vs. good.
—Leo Tolstoy

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
—Albert Einstein

Get it down. Take chances. It may be bad, but it’s the only way you can write anything good.
—William Faulkner

Everything can nourish the writer. The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter...a book, a phrase learned.
—Ana├»s Nin

I knew nothing about writing and have merely tried to tell an interesting story entertainingly.
—Edgar Rice Burroughs

Let me put this as delicately as I can: If you don't read, your writing is going to suck.
—Kim Addonizio

Make it so good and so clear that it doesn't need any further explanation.
—Shel Silverstein

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday Tips: Conferences
Last weekend I attended a science Fiction Conference in Maryland called Chessiecon.

I really enjoy attending these conferences for many reasons.

Meeting People

It is a great opportunity to meet readers, other authors, editors and book industry professionals. There are lots of great networking contacts and new friends to be made. I really enjoy being with other people that love Scifi as much as I do.  Plus the Cosplayers are fun!

Learning About Writing
As of today, I feel I am still a new author. I constantly need to refine my craft. I still feel like I am just making it up as I go. It's good to learn about tools, techniques, and methods that will improve my projects. At this last conference, I had a flash of inspiration that will result in a future novel.

Learning About the Business End of Writing
The business end is where I need the most help. I don't know jack about marketing, taxes, copyrights, or a hundred other topics that are important. At these Lit Cons, I have learned so much about Indie Publishing, lawyers, accountants, contracts, ISBNs, promotions and more.

Add on top that they are just fun. I really enjoy sitting on panels as a guest author, as much as, attending the talks. Topics can be serious or silly. All enjoyable.

--Check out the Cons in your local area! I highly recommend attending!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reading: Pandora's Star

This week I read Pandora's Star by Peter Hamilton.

Here is the description from Amazon:

The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some four hundred light-years in diameter, contains more than six hundred worlds, interconnected by a web of transport “tunnels” known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over one thousand light-years away, a star . . . vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears. Since the location is too distant to reach by wormhole, a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance, is dispatched to learn what has occurred and whether it represents a threat. In command is Wilson Kime, a five-time rejuvenated ex-NASA pilot whose glory days are centuries behind him.

Opposed to the mission are the Guardians of Selfhood, a cult that believes the human race is being manipulated by an alien entity they call the Starflyer. Bradley Johansson, leader of the Guardians, warns of sabotage, fearing the Starflyer means to use the starship’s mission for its own ends.

Pursued by a Commonwealth special agent convinced the Guardians are crazy but dangerous, Johansson flees. But the danger is not averted. Aboard the Second Chance, Kime wonders if his crew has been infiltrated. Soon enough, he will have other worries. A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery whose unleashing will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth . . . and humanity itself.

Could it be that Johansson was right?

Book 1 of 2 in The Commonwealth Saga (2 Book Series)  

--I actually listened to this one on Audio because it has one of my favorite narrators, John Lee. Good stuff.