I had the pleasure of interviewing James Hutchings and reviewing his book. James was nice enough to agree to a give away for 3 of his ebooks of The New Death. Please see below for my interview and to enter the giveaway.
1) When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I think I've wanted to do something creative since I was a teenager.But I've tried several different things, such as music and filmmaking,before I finally settled on writing. To be honest, if it turned out that I was actually better at, say, painting than writing, I think I'd be happy to change. So in a sense I still don't know.
2) What inspired you to write this book?
Some ideas just pop into my head, without me knowing where the idea comes from. An example of that is a recent poem I wrote, called 'Angel
Square', about a square where angels take the place of pigeons. Other
ideas come from experiences in my life. For example a while ago I found
three injured birds in the space of a few weeks. I took all of them to the
local vet. As I was carrying one of them, I thought that the woman at
reception might wonder where I was finding all these injured birds, and
that was the inspiration for my story 'Lost, Feral or Stray'.
I've written a lot about cats, based on having been a cat owner. But
I'm a lot more cynical about them than some cat-lovers. One reviewer
said he couldn't work out whether I loved cats or hated them.
Of course other fiction is a big inspiration. In some cases it's
obvious. I've done poems directly based on stories by HP Lovecraft and
other writers for example. In other cases it's more subtle: for example
the city of Teleleli or Telelee is partly based on Fritz Leiber's
Lankhmar, partly on Terry Pratchett's Ankh-Morpork, and partly on Port
Blacksand in the Fighting Fantasy series. the dialogue in Lord of the Rings had a big influence on how my characters talk.
3) My favorite story was The End what short story or poem was your favorite to write?
Probably The God of the Poor. I enjoy writing the shorter pieces more,
because you get the satisfaction of having finished more quickly.
4) What can we look forward to from you next?
The main thing I'm working on right now is a poem set in the old West,
called Confession of a Bounty Hunter.
I've been encouraged to write a novel set in the fantasy city of
Telelee, which is the setting of a few of the stories in 'The New Death
and others'. I have a lot of background for this world, because I blog
every day ([LINK: http://www.apolitical.info/teleleli)]
http://www.apolitical.info/teleleli) and most of it is setting detail. I
also have a half-finished novel called 'All-American Detectives',
which is a combination of a detective story and a story about superheroes,which I'll probably come back to in the future.
5) What would you like to tell your readers?
I don't know if I have a 'message'. I certainly have opinions,
and those opinions most likely come out in my writing. But In the end
I'm out to entertain people, whether that be making someone laugh with
a pun that's so dumb it's funny, or making you sad that a character
6) What are you reading right now?
I'm actually not reading anything. I read short stories much more than
novels, and usually online rather than in books, so I'm seldom in the
middle of reading a story.
7) Who is your favorite author?
I don't know if they're my only favourites, but these are the
authors that have most influenced me: JRR Tolkien and Jack Vance for the
elaborate dialogue. Robert E Howard for the general atmosphere. Terry
Pratchett for the humour. and Lord Dunsany for the use of Fame, Time and so on as characters.
8) What is your favorite book genre?
I read fantasy and science fiction almost exclusively.
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