Author Interview: Geoffrey Wakeling's paranormal fantasy and science-fiction.
In 2004, Geoff Wakeling quit his job as an administrator to head to Ecuador and conduct conservation work in a newly established nature reserve. He returned home to start a thriving gardening business.
In 2008, he increased his gardening business by becoming a garden expert and copywriter, appearing on shows such as This Morning, Sky’s Rooftop Rainforest and Horticultural Channel. He set up the Gay Gardening Blog. His copywriting duties increased over the years, and Geoff now writes on a range of subjects including insurance, social media, men’s health and gardening.
He also writes novels...
Would you like to introduce yourself to readers?
Hi Adele, thanks for offering me the chance to introduce myself a little. I’m a British based writer of paranormal fantasy and science fiction and though I may be based in London, I like to escape a little by placing my novels in remote settings of the British countryside. Whilst my books have fantasy stories woven into them, I’m a true believer of having a great cast, and I try to make my characters as believable and real as possible.
What is your current or most recent project?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Inside Evil.
Inside Evil only debuted in March, and by September I hope to have The Tower of Souls on shelves for readers of the first book to enjoy. I’m almost finished with my first draft, and then it’ll whizz off to some beta readers and an editor whilst I’m sorting out the new cover.
What are you planning to write next?
After the Tower of Souls I’ll be taking a short break from the series to brush up on some science fiction and bring out a long worked upon novel in this genre. Again, it’s very down to earth with a cast of normal people who are thrust into a very futuristic and different life than they’re expecting.
How did you begin taking your writing seriously? What triggered your interest?
Though I’ve not always realised it, I’ve been writing from childhood. I started writing novels properly a few years ago when I wanted a new creative outlet, but I found a box of memories from my childhood and discovered a load of little booklets filled with stories that I’d started. I was obsessed with Redwall and The Animals of Farthing Wood back then, so most of my stories were based around creatures – in fact, they still are!
How do you think the publishing industry will have changed in ten years time?
I think traditional publishing will have become a thing of the past. There’ll still be paperbacks on shelves and publishers to work with, but I think the entire process will become a lot more flexible and fluid for writers. We can already self publish, and that is taking off in a big way.
However, readers are very wary of some indie authors. I think this is because they perceive that a self-published writer isn’t going to have error free and fantastic stories. I think there will come a time when small publishing houses start to thrive and align themselves with self-published authors, moving away from the big six but giving indie authors an extra avenue to gain credence with readers.
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Do you have a daily word-count, an allocated time-slot for writing, or an established writing routine of some kind?
I try to hit 1,000 words a day or more, but that’s not always achievable. I’m a writer for a living, mostly working for other people. I tend to start the day writing for clients with the aim of completing everything by the early afternoon. I can then work on my own novels.
Do you have a personal philosophy, and is this reflected in your work?
I’m a conservationist and zoologist by degree, and I think this is often reflected in my work. I love the countryside and nature itself, and this comes through in the writing.
Have you other interests outside of writing? What do you do with your spare time?
I love film and television, and spend an inordinate amount of time lapping up new American series. I also love gardening and run a small gardening website and landscaping company. It’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. And, with Britain so wet a lot of the time, gardening and writing work ideally alongside each other.
Is there a particular novel which you've re-read again and again?
Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars trilogy. I love the books. They span around 200 years as the first people from Earth set foot on Mars and start to terraform it. It’s a fantastic read, with great personable characters and an environmental statement.
Picture an apocalyptic scenario. To survive, you've got to leave behind everything but what you can carry. What do you put in your backpack?
Teabags, iodine solution for water purification, a campfire kettle, first aid kit, a lighter, sleeping bag, my iPhone and solar powered charger (I know, networks will be down, but it’ll mean I can take photos of sentimental value with me) and as many cans of tuna that I can carry. Am I allowed to take my cat under my arm too?
Name a favourite place, a favourite piece of music, and a favourite film.
The fields of my family’s farm in Suffolk, any Jon Hopkins album, The Fifth Element.
© 2012 Adele Cosgrove-Bray
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