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Inside The Author’s Head -The Whole Lot!

  Recently I sent out a call asking the creative author-ey types of Twitter if they would be willing to submit to some burning questions. A few foolish fools brave souls (twenty four to be exact) answered the call. Here, in case you missed any first time around, are links to every single response. I'd like to take this opportunity once again to thank all the contributors. These super talented folks write,  edit, produce and illustrate in all areas of the industry from self-publication Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Adam Christopher

Q1. What is your favorite word? Magenta. Closely followed by republic. So you can totally expect me to write a book called "The Magenta Republic" one day. Q2. What is your least favorite word? Onus. Closely followed by kudos. Urgh. They make my skin crawl. Q3. How has social media helped your career? It's been pretty much essential - I met my first publisher (Angry Robot) on Twitter. I met my agent via a friend, Chuck Wendig, who I met on Twitter. I've always said that it's actually Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Gareth Powell

Q1. What is your favorite word?  Iktsuarpok is an Inuit word for the feeling of anticipation you get when expecting a visitor, which causes you to keep going outside to see if you can see them approaching. I like it because it reminds me of the feeling you get as an author, when you've sent off a manuscript and you're waiting for a reply from an agent or editor - you just keep hitting refresh on your inbox in the hop of seeing that email arrive. Q2. What is your least favorite word? My Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Chris Farnell

Q1. What is your favorite word? "Awesome"- I know I overuse it way too much, especially given I'm, y'know, English, but I don't even care. Q2. What is your least favorite word? I know everyone probably says "Moist", but it is a truly horrible word. Q3. How has social media helped your career? It's a good way of having lots of interesting things directed your way regularly. Sometimes it's even good for directing people to my things, which they might also find interesting. Largely though, Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Adam Baker

Q1. What is your favorite word? Kalashnikov. (Wonderfully onomatopoeic. One can hear the klunk-klunk/snick-snack of a magazine slapped into the receiver, and the slide chambering a round.) Military jargon has an almost erotic black poetry. Q2. What is your least favorite word? Deadline Q3. How has social media helped your career? Publishers urge authors to join Facebook and Twitter so they can build a loyal tribe. Neil Gaiman is cited as the model for author/reader engagement. But, Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Rob Haines

Q1. What is your favorite word? I struggle to have emotional attachments to specific words; it's tricky to have an opinion on a word without accounting for all the meaning and context around it. That being said, I do have a soft spot for 'tumultuous'. It's one of those words which rolls around your mouth as you say it, like a wave crashing down and fading away. Q2. What is your least favorite word? Probably 'overtime'. It's an ugly word for a generally avoidable concept. Q3. How has social Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Charlotte Strong

Q1. What is your favorite word? I’ve always been a fan of the word ‘Doom’. I like the sinister, melodramatic ‘ooooo’. I also quite like ‘gloom’ and ‘loom’, but not so much ‘broom’. Q2. What is your least favorite word? Octogenarian'. I recently stumbled across it in a friend's writing and, without knowing what it meant, assumed it was something medical. Perhaps a veterinarian, specialising in octopuses and spiders? The actual meaning is much less interesting. Q3. Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Edward Drake

Q1. What is your favorite word? Hope. In my personal life, real-life work and writing, there is one word that always crops up. My former work with the NHS typified this. I would see people going in for procedures and operations, knowing the odds were stacked against them, but there was always that look in their eyes that said 'I'm going to beat this.' It was the same with their families and friends waiting outside. They knew the reality, but there was always a chance. I see it in my own family Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Cat Connor

Q1. What is your favorite word? Yes. I thought about this all the way to school, and while standing the pouring rain doing road patrol duty ... and I'm pretty sure my favorite word is yes. Today. Well, maybe this morning? Hmmm, tricky. Really, tough question. I was tempted to say 'awesome' or 'absolutely' but today feels like a yes day. 🙂 Q2. What is your least favorite word? Moist - I really don't like it. Can't give you a real reason, just hate the way it sounds. Q3. How has social Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Andrew Reid

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 Read more [...]

Inside The Author’s Head: Victoria Hooper

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 Read more [...]