Greeting readers, I’m proud to bring you another interview in my Author Interviews series and this one is with Sci Fi Author, Barry Woodham (no relation to myself).
I first noticed Barry and his books via Twitter and asked him if he would be kind enough to do an interview with me for Blazing Minds and Thankfully he agreed, Barry who lives in Swindon has written a great collection of Sci Fi books, which his fans snap up pretty quickly.
So lets get on with it shall we …
What inspired you to write your first book?
One lunch time I had nothing to read so I began writing Genesis 2. Over the years I added to the saga and found to my astonishment that it needed five books to finish it. As I felt like a change I began to think about Elves and all the other creatures from folklore and wrote about them as people;- no magic! That led to three more books!
Do you have a specific writing style?
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
At age 70 I have amassed 55 years of reading other peoples stuff so I have a rich seam to mine! I do try to be original and I think that quite some of my ideas have not been repeated from other writers.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The magazines that were about when I was a teenager, Galaxy, If, Worlds of Tomorrow, New Worlds and the best of them all Astounding, now known as Analog. I still have that one on order!
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
What book are you reading now?
An old one of his!
What are your current projects?
Writing Star-Seed set 500 years after the events depicted in Molock ’s Wand. (A tale of revenge that the last Dokka’lfar enacts against the High King).
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not one word!
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Having read SF for the last 55 years I thought that I could entertain SF readers with some of my own ideas and work. Judging by the reviews on Amazon I do in fact ‘hit the spot’ as it were! In fact it is the support that I have received that keeps me tapping the keys. It certainly is not the monetary rewards as I have yet to break even on costs. If I do I intend to donate what income is generated to my local Hospice. Who knows one day I might need a bed!
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Peterkin has at last seen the static form of the ‘Collective’ rising from a hill of decaying sauropods. A black glossy trunk over a half a mile wide and two miles high has photo-sensitive receptors the size of a football field tuned to catch all the sun’s rays. Tendrils sprout from above ground level to snatch and tear apart anything that comes within range to feed the root system. a constant trickle of water runs down the trunk to the thirsty roots generated by an artificial weather system at the crown that is shrouded in perpetual clouds below the leaves. A steady stream of large dinosaurs make their way to the base of the trunk to die and add their sustenance to the ‘Collective.’ These are herded by the velociraptors who are hosts to the ‘Collective’s seeds that have not sprouted. All who serve the ‘Collective’ benefit from the weak that die on their way to feed the roots. The great eaters are now controlled by the alien and also make their way to be within reach of the lower tendrils.
What Peterkin does not know is that for the first time in its hundreds of millions of years of existence, there are many more than this one ‘tree’ that Peterkin had been allowed to see!
All life on this world serves the ‘Collective’ and soon it will understand how to manipulate the Rifts and spread its seeds throughout the Multiverse! How can Peterkin stop it?
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes! Finding the time to sit and write. It is not easy to disappear for several hours when you share your life with someone else who means a great deal to you. I try to snatch a few hours in the afternoon, but mornings my wife and I walk the dog, shop and I cook lunch etc.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
As a disabled person, travelling is not something that I enjoy. I need a new hip and knee so walking around can be painful.
Who designed the covers?
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Getting started and developing the plot. The most difficult part is the mid-section where you still need to keep the ‘pot boiling’ and interesting without giving away how the book will end.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Every book pinches a little of a writer’s soul and it has to be given gladly. The greatest joy a Storyteller can have is the joy of recognition. To be able to share the fruits of imagination with others and to know that they are enjoyed is the ultimate reward. You also have to come to terms with the fact that, that is all you will get. Be thankful!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you feel that you can entertain those who enjoy your genre then write. Do not think for one moment that writing is the road to riches. Write for the joy of creating and hope that one day someone will come up to you and say, “I did enjoy your book. Is there another?” That could be all that you might get.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope that I have entertained you and taken your minds into places that they have never been before! That’s all I ask.
What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
I have delved into many strange places to chase up some of the facts that I have used and tweaked a little. Doing this has enlightened me from time to time and I have tried to pass it on.
Big thank you to Barry for taking part in the Author Interviews
If you would like to learn more about him and his books then check out the following sites for more information.