What can you tell us about your new book Love From Both Sides?
Love... From Both Sides is a warts-and-all romantic comedy for everyone who knows how tricky the quest for love can be. Written from both the perspective of a man and a woman, it's all about finding 'the one' and all the pitfalls, embarrassments and ridiculous episodes that the dating scene can have. It's already sold over a quarter of a million eBooks, and will be released as a paperback on Thursday January 31st in all good book shops.
Tell us about the Kindle Direct publishing process for those who are thinking of doing it.
KDP gives writers the opportunity to self-publish their novels in a quick and easy fashion via a simple online interface. You can upload your book, cover and blurb to the site and see your work on sale within a day.
Why is this a better option than the more traditional approach?
These days publishers and agents are inundated with submissions from writers. So much so, that standing out from that crowd is virtually impossible. Self-publishing gives writers a chance to get their books directly into the hands of readers. It's no more a guarantee of success than submitting to publishers, but it at least means you might have some actual people out there read your work... and earn you a few bob for all your efforts!
You were top of the list for best-selling Kindle Direct Publishing for 2012, so how did this feel?
Great! I knew I'd done very well in 2012, but to see the press release stating I had the number one and number three books in the whole country (for self-pubbers) was amazing. Even better was the fact that I was the twelfth best-selling author of the year at Amazon UK in total. That's an achievement I'm very, very proud of.
Tell us about your writing background.
I've been writing ever since I was a teenager. It was all awful crap back then needless to say, but a career in the communications industry and a lot of practise sat in front of a keyboard have got me to the point where my work is publishable.
You have worked in media and marketing for all of your life, so how has this aided your writing?
It teaches you writing discipline for one thing. The art of concise writing is one that can be hard to get to grips with, but once you do it makes your ability to construct a narrative far better. The more you write the better you get at it. It's just like exercising your muscles. Working at a job where you write also helps to bring the whole process 'down to earth'. I always treat my writing as a job, which keeps my feet on the ground and allows me to focus my time and efforts in the best way for my career. The second you start slinging words around like 'vocation' and 'calling' when you talk about being a writer, you're in deep, deep trouble.
You write comedy fiction, so at what point did you realise you had a gift of making people laugh?
The first time I ever played football at school I think... But other than that, I don't think I ever saw it as a gift, just something I had a knack of doing - whether anybody else wanted me to do it or not. Funnily enough, it took until my mid-thirties for me to realise I might be able to write books that would make people laugh. Once I discovered a talent for it, everything started to click into place. And the older you get, the less embarrassed you are about being a messy, imperfect human being. When you stop worrying quite so much about how cool you look, you start to realise just how funny all those human imperfections can be.
Who are you favourite reads?
See, at this point I'd like to show how cultured I am by name checking lots of obscure authors celebrated in the elite literature community. I can't though. I still read comic books for crying out loud. My favourite authors are Stephen King, Terry Pratchett, Bill Bryson, Douglas Adams, and Frank Miller.
What book makes it to the top of your reading list every time?
A Short History Of Nearly Everything by Bryson, IT by Stephen King and any Discworld novel you care to throw in my direction. Oh, and The Dark Knight Returns.
What is next for you?
Well, it's the release of my new books on Thursday January 31st and then I'm off on holiday to get sunburned on a tropical beach, where the locals will laugh at me and point when they see my red, peeling British shoulders. Then I'll come back home and moan about how cold it is for about a week, before embarking on my next book, which I hope to have written by the end of Spring.
Nick Spalding's 'Love... From Both Sides' is released in paperback on Thursday, January 31st. The third book in the trilogy 'Love... Under Different Skies' is released as an eBook also on Thursday January 31st.