Welcome to the second of my author interviews, showcasing the talented authors at the Literature and Book Fayre on 2nd June in Llandovery, as part of the Lazzmatazz 2019 festival. I first met Stephen wearing a different hat, as the sound guy and compere at the Lampeter Food Festival. For the past four years he has handled Tribal Unity Wales’ music requirements for us in the main marquee. He’s recently published, so let’s give a warm welcome to a new author.
Lovely to have you with us, Stephen. Let’s start with your writing. How do you write? Is everything plotted, planned to perfection? Do you ever change tack as you go along or always stick to a pre-made plan?
It’s all roughly mapped out, but a story doesn’t flow properly if you don’t allow it to shift slightly as you write.
And do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
I generally lie on the bed with my laptop on my knees. I do enjoy a Jack Daniels if I’m writing in the afternoon with no responsibilities later in the day.
I’m a laptop on my knees writer too. Aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
I love to play guitar and sing. I meditate regularly. I love Roleplay games. I sometimes pretend I’m a spaceship. I love random adventures.
And you’ll be singing at the Lazzmatazz festival, so check out the timetable folks. Stephen will be performing on the Friday. A different kind of question now…If you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?
An unlimited supply of JD. My fiancé Beth. My laptop so I can write (and solar panels for power.) My son, if it were a short term stranding, (cause I wouldn’t want him to get bored. A sat phone to call him with if it were to be longterm.) And access to the complete stock of Ann Summers (if it were just me and Beth.)
Brilliant answers! I should add sunscreen to the list if I were you! Moving on, on said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
Supposing I had access to my own books on a laptop for continuity checks I would take:
The Silmarillion, really enjoyed it, will definitely read it again.
The Illiad for the same reasons.
The Odyssey again for the same reasons.
The Complete collection of Terry Pratchett because he’s absolutely brilliant.
A random recommended scifi or fantasy book from a friend.
Cool. I had to look the first one up…that’s going on my birthday list, and you can’t beat the Discworld novels for escapist reading. Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Not fussed, don’t really do star struck. Mind you, I’m sort of easy if the famous person is paying for dinner in a nice restaurant.
I love you’d go for the food rather than the company! So, tell us about your current writing projects?
Love Island Two – Realms (Book four)
Thanks so much for joining me today, Stephen. Please share your published work and where we can find it:
Love Island Two – Beginnings:
Make a date in your diary and come along and join the fun in Llandovery, for a weekend of art, craft, music and books.