Interview with Richard White for AuthorMePro

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  1. APKY/AMP: Hello. Please tell us something about yourself and how you came to be a writer. What inspired you to write your first book?

I have loved writing since I was old enough to hold a pen, and would write horror stories as a child. The thought of being a professional writer never occurred to me though, and I more or less fell into it by accident. I wrote my first book, Smoke Screens: The Truth About Tobacco, without setting out to write a book. I had so much research and information on the subject that I just decided to consolidate it into one place, but it didn’t take long for it to get a structure and I just decided to go all out and make it a book. That then led to me being paid to do some editing, and I put up an advert to be a book editor. My first client ended up paying me to be a ghostwriter, which planted a seed in my mind. After graduating from university I undertook an internship with a publishing company, and then founded my business Word Edit. Now I get paid to be a writer of articles and books, and I have had articles published in a national newspaper and Freethinker magazine.

  1. APKY/AMP: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Be open to criticism. Writing is a creative outlet and a personal endeavour, so we can be very protective of our output. In this day of self-publishing being such an easy option, many writers are just putting their book on the market without having any suggestions or criticisms to the story, which ultimately leads to lower quality books. The possibility of bypassing an editor is good for the ego but bad for the work. So the main advice is never skimp on hiring an editor, and secondly, keep at it. Reading makes you a better writer, so read anything you can get your hands on, and try to write short stories or a page here and there on something you’re not comfortable writing, as this helps develop essential skills as a writer.

  1. APKY/AMP: Why should we buy your book? Smoke Screens, by Richard White

Because it offers insight not found in many other places. It’s comprehensive and easy to understand, and, I’m pleased to say, very timely.

  1. APKY/AMP: Do you write under a pseudonym? If so why and do you think it makes a difference?

No I don’t. The closest I get to that is when I work as a ghostwriter, but my name isn’t mentioned at all so it’s slightly different. The idea of a pseudonym never rested well with me except in the situations when it’s a matter of safety or sensitivity. For regular books I think writers should be proud that they have managed to finish something as difficult and consuming as a book.

  1. APKY/AMP: Do you manage to write every day?

Yes, although primarily for my clients rather than my own personal pursuits.

  1. APKY/AMP: Do you do a lot of editing or do you find that as time goes on your writing is more fully-formed?

I’m not the type of writer that has to do a lot of editing to the story, typically my first draft is pretty good. But of course, every single book needs editing and I tend to just write what I need to write, then the next day go over it and edit it. I do that throughout, then perform a thorough edit and proofread for consistency and spelling and general strength of the book at the end.

  1. APKY/AMP: Do you write on paper or do you prefer a computer?

I always use a computer, but I may use paper for notes or spontaneous ideas.

  1. AMP: What do you like to read?

I like fiction and non-fiction, but am open to most things. In my leisure time I may avoid things like fantasy or historical non-fiction, but one aspect of my job that I love is that I end up reading things I normally wouldn’t get the chance to, and I invariably end up enjoying them.

  1. APKY/AMP: What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks?

I am currently forming a publishing company that offers both a traditional publishing model and self-publishing options. The latter was really to help new authors release a quality piece of work.  I also run the website thedailyopinion.co.uk. Aside from work in general, I enjoy music and I usually spend my spare time with my wife.

  1. AMP: Where can we find out about you and your work?

I’m on Twitter (@richwhite08) and I have websites for my projects. www.wordedit.co.uk is my day-to-day job, www.smokescreens.org is my book website, www.thedailyopinion.co.uk is my website to help new writers build a portfolio, and www.tranquillitypublishing.com is the new publishing company.