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BRITISH POET AND HUMORIST WILLIAM MANSON
My name is William Manson I was born in 1960 I am 52. I currently live in England, a quiet village in the West Sussex area.
I was originally born in Scotland in the Capital City of Edinburgh. I moved down to West Sussex to be closer to my family, it was as if I was starting all over again, and I am pleased I made the move.
I adore writing, it is a great part of my life, sometimes you can produce your finest writing in words, record it on paper for the entire world to read at the touch of a button. The World is a wonderful place and sharing your work gives you a warm glow.
I currently have 4 blogs running at the moment, poetry, with over 400 poems, stories, blog promotions, and my rants blog.
I am also a proud member of a wonderful poetry website called poetry with passion a wonderfully warm and friendly site run by Daveda Gruber.
1) How did you first become interested in writing?
I first became interested in writing after I left school. Being at school in the early seventies was hard, education was not as much a priority as it is these days, people just wanted to leave, get a job and start earning, although I did learn the basics in Education I had no formal qualifications.
1) How long have you been actively writing?
I have been writing since I was 19 years of age, scribbling down a few things as I went along, at that time my passion was drawing, I used to sit for hours at a time drawing mainly cartoon characters. I started seriously writing poetry at the age of 21.
2) Do you currently write as a profession?
Do not write professionally, I always wanted to have that “ best seller” but have never concentrated too much on that, perhaps when I retire from work I may consider writing my best seller .
3) Who is your inspiration?
I get inspired from “people” if I see anything that happens daily in my life I record it, and make it into a poem, most of my poems are inspired by everyday activities in life.
Viola Tabor has been my best friend for over ten years she inspired me to start a poetry website and ran it as my manager she was and still is inspirational and I love her to bits, also Helen Holub is a dear dear friend along with all the people on poetry with passion, they are warm and kind, so they also inspire me.
4) Who'swriting style does your work most resemble?
I have never really given this a thought as my work is unique to me, I do not take styles from other writers and prefer to stay within my own remit.
5) Do you write on a schedule?
I do not think many writers write to a schedule unless they have an agent are on time limits. I write for my own pleasure and the pleasure of readers.
6) Do you write in one particular place?
Yes I write mainly at home, sometimes when I am out things that take my notice I will record them on my cell phone and then transfer them into poems when I get home.
10) Do you prefer to work in a quiet environment?
Indeed, one cannot concentrate when there is noise, especially a loud tv, nothing more irritating when you try to write .
11) Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what type of music do you listen to and why?
Music is like a stimulant, it gives you ideas and can make things more relaxing, I listen to all kinds of music and have no particular favourite.
12) Are you an avid reader?
Believe it or not , I rarely read any books, with the exception of poems and stories on blogs and websites.
13. Who are your favourite Authors?
My all time favourite author is Stephen King with John Grisham following close
14) What is your goal in writing?
My goal is to hope that people will enjoy my poems, simply because they might recognise everything in the poetry as things they might have done, today or in the past, and can relate to them.
15) Would you rather write a book that sells millions of copies, but have it be "Celebrity Fluff" - or write an award winning novel that no one reads? And why does it matter?
Everyone dreams of writing a best seller, it is just finding that niche in the market, finding different things to write about that no writer has done before, I would be satisfied being widely known, however whether it would be top selling would be up to the public.
20) If you couldn't ever write again, what would you be doing?
Good question, If I never wrote again I would feel as if something was missing, like an arm or a leg, or maybe my heart.
22) Have you ever worked with a professional Editor or Editorial Service? Was it worth the money?
For my first published novel I used a professional editor and it was worth every penny, he made a beautiful job of my first book.
24 How long did it take to write your first book?
I wrote my first book in under 2 weeks and had it professionally published I was over the moon.
27) How do you feel about Writers Groups or organizations?
I was a member of poets.com for a few years and was happy to be awarded with certificates, medals and badges. I think these organisations are great and certainly encourage people to write.
29) What is the longest amount of time you have spent writing in one sitting?
I sometimes spend up to 5 hours per day on a writing project depending on how clear my mind is.
30. Do you have any links you would like to include in your interview.
My books are available at Lulu.com.