Welcome to my blog and an interview with another Welsh author. I’ve met and chatted to Colin at a couple of book fairs, so I’m delighted to have him on my blog today. Colin is from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales and writes books for children and teenagers in a number of genres including Science Fiction, Steampunk and Fantasy. Welcome, Colin…
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?
I literally start with a sentence and go from there – no planning or destination in mind. I did exactly that recently and ended up with a 17k short story, which I’ve just delivered to my publisher along with another seven stories. It’s a bit unorthodox, but I can’t write any other way. Each to their own, I suppose.
Absolutely! Do you have a writing ritual? Meditation, certain cup for your tea, writing trousers?
My computer screen or notepad must have something on it – a title, or sentence or even just a word. I can’t start anything with a blank piece of paper or white screen. It’s too daunting. Once I’ve got something then it evolves by itself.
So aside from writing, what makes you tick? Tell us 5 things about yourself we probably don’t know.
I’m partially colour-blind so that hinders me in some respect. Most people don’t know that about me. I need to walk so that I can set things in motion (literally and figuratively). I used to cut the heads off chocolate Easter bunnies and place them carefully back on, just to see the reaction on my kids faces when picked them up. I hate swimming. I sing the Thunderbirds theme in my head when I pass big trucks on motorways, with over eight wheels.
Brilliant! I might start doing the Thunderbirds one! Moving on, if you were stranded on a desert island with shelter, food and water, what 5 items would you want with you?
My specs. A lifetimes supply of notepads and pencils. An indestructible solar panel, to power my fridge. 50 years supply of chocolate and Liquorice toffee.
I’m guessing you’re going to smuggle something else into that fridge;-) On said island, what 5 books would you take and why?
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. I am Legend by Richard Matherson. Airbourne by Kenneth Oppel. Lord of the Rings in one edition by J RR Tolkien. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Because I love them.
Great choices. Neil Gaiman’s book is a relatively new read for me and I loved it. Off the island now, which famous person would you like to have dinner with?
That’s difficult. Maybe, Angie Sage author of the Magyk series.
She’d be great fun, agreed. Your current writing projects?
The Gamer, which is with a publisher as I speak.
Wintercode, which I worked on a while ago, but never finished.
A series of adult magical detective books called Killian Spooks Mysteries.
Exciting times! Thank you so much for chatting, Colin. Please list any other published work and links to find them and you…
Wizards’ Exile – (Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie due soon).
The Man with the Black Shoebox and Other Strange Stories (Thunderpoint Publishing out 2020)
Amaya’s Imagination (my first picture book) by Haus of Clare. (Amazon since March 2019)
You can find all Colin’s books via his author page here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Colin-R.-Parsons/e/B0034Q4XS2
and for our friends across the pond https://www.amazon.com/Colin-R.-Parsons/e/B0034Q4XS2
And on his website http://www.colinrparsons.com
If you’re in mid Wales, it would be lovely to meet you at the Literature and Book Fayre on 2nd June in Llandovery. Come along and check out a host of Welsh authors.