Andrew is a 50 year old former geologist from the construction industry who hit the wall when the economic crash happened. Since then he has retrained as a complimentary therapist and is off course also a writer. Andrew also gets a lot of pleasure as a hospital radio presenter.
Andrew writes crime thrillers, fantasy, and YA books and blogs about writing and also provides useful tips for writers in his various blogs.
1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something? Many years ago when I was a geologist, a big idea came to me for the dramatic opening scene of a thriller. I let it grow and when I was ready I started to write by taking people to the scene and some of them from it. The rest of the plot grew from there.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured? I usually start writing as soon as I have had breakfast. It is office time and I sit down and write. I usually set myself a target of 1500 words per day and very often exceed that by a considerable amount.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it? Not block per se, but I have had the odd occasion when it didn’t flow and I was frustrated by it. I overcame it by writing a blog about how I felt about the situation and as soon as I had posted the blog the words came.
4.Are you a plotter/planner when it comes to writing a story? Most of the time I do like to have a basic plot that I am telling. I frequently have a file of “notes and ideas” for each book, but the day to day writing is often as new to me as it will be for the reader.
5.What was the publishing process like for you,& any advice to aspiring authors? This is a tricky one to answer. I have self published all of my books so far and I would say the most difficult part for me is taking my manuscript from formatted in word to upload using the hosting site I use and making sure that the formatting has been correctly transposed and the book looks “right”, both as ebook and paperback.
Best advice would be to find someone who has successfully formatted a book the way you are doing it and pick their brains.
6.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author? This is an easy one. I was at the Writers’ Summer School Swanwick and three people came up to me at the same time and asked me to sign my book for them. It was such a thrill.
7.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us? And any other books of yours, if you wish. The Truth was released in July 2014 and is an adult crime thriller. Not for the fainthearted it is a story that has to be told. A story of injustice and revenge, it has been likened to Midsomer Murders meets Quentin Tarrantino.
What is The Truth and how will you find it?
How far would you go to see justice served?
How deep is it buried?
Can you handle The Truth?
The Truth is available on Amazon as an ebook and paperback.
My other book is a self help guide to help writers manage their writing process and their writing data. The Handbook Of TOP TIPS To Manage Your Writing is available as a paperback on Amazon.
8.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time? I am trying to recover from long term ill health, but I do enjoy my show as a hospital radio presenter and making esoteric and other craft products.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.) I suppose the usual is to get on Facebook and Twitter and keep them alive and active with posts and snippets.
Be assertive, whenever the opportunity presents itself, talk to people about you and your book. I did and the lady in my local post office liked what I said so much she bought the book the next day.
10. Whats the hardest thing about writing? For me the hardest thing is making sure the manuscript is correctly formatted for uploading onto your publisher platform. The technical side of it is lost on me and it can be very frustrating when you have painstakingly been through a book only to find that when reviewing the uploaded files it looks terrible.
Andrew Marsh writes crime thrillers and can be found on
On facebook as Andrew Marsh and Andrew Marsh author page.
The Truth is available on Amazon as a paperback and ebook
http: //www.amazon.co.uk/ Truth-Andrew-Marsh-ebook/dp/B00LXG8278/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405934610&sr=8-1&keywords=andrew+marsh
Andrew has another blog on writing focused on his fantasy and YA works
The Handbook Of TOP TIPS To Manage Your Writing is available on Amazon as a paperback
http:// http://www.amazon.co.uk/ Handbook-TIPS-Manage-Your-Writing/dp/0954733622/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374740361&sr=1-5&keywords=andrew+marsh