Please welcome Adam Mann back to the Clog Blog. Welcome Adam, Thank you, I’m delighted to be here. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’ve worked in what is called developing economies most of my working life, and usually in remote areas with limited facilities. I’ve now retired and find myself working even harder – no days off – as a writer.
What are you working on at the minute?
I’m just completing my first Box Set – 4 or 5 short stories. I pitch most of my stories in places where I’ve worked, but that can be a problem for a lot of readers.
What draws you to write in the romance genre?
Quite frankly from my own personal experience. I have been married four times – widowed, divorced, marriage annulled as she had forgotten to get divorced, and finally happily married to a widow for the last nineteen years
How much research do you do?
Quite a lot; a recent story took me to an area of Pakistan where the landowners are largely Parsee, and I managed to collect a lot of data about the origin of the Zoroastrians.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I usually start with a specific plot, but often the story ‘wanders’ off-line and I have to review the MS. Most of the time I get ideas for plots very early in the morning, and if I wait I’ll have forgotten the plot when I get up in the morning! So I write myself a note, even if it’s midnight.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Usually a week or ten days after I’ve thought about the plot, but then I spend the next three weeks editing and reviewing the MS, and it may be some time before in publish it.
Do you ever get writer’s Block?
No, not really, I’ve a lot of stories to tell. I find that I can always write about something.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Put your head down and write, and worry about grammar, editing, and proofreading later. Book promotion is a much greater problem!
Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
Mainly through Twitter. I’ve considered buying in readers, but it’s expensive and I haven’t done that yet.
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