A Lifetime is the story of a struggle. Of one man born into nothing and who fights to make his way through life, to leave the place of his birth — a place of suffering and strife — and to create a new life elsewhere. To find himself a wife, to start a family and to achieve the things he thought unachievable.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised up in the Fiji Islands, but have moved around a lot since then. I have worked hard throughout my life and currently share my life with my beautiful wife and daughter.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
A Lifetime is a book that I have wanted to write for a while. It is based (loosely) on my own childhood experiences and the thoughts and emotions that affect us as we grow and mature.
How do you create your characters?
I have lived an eventful life and met a lot of interesting people on the way. I like to draw on that experience when I create my characters. Of course, some of them are just pure works of fiction.
What inspires and what got your started in writing?
I have always had a love of reading, of losing myself in the world of fiction and fantasy. I suppose it was natural progression that I would go from reading about these worlds, to wanting to create my own.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I drink a lot of coffee, as I am sure most writers do. The caffeine helps to keep my mind alert and it also gives me the kick up the backside I need in the mornings. I don’t know what I would do without it, it helps to avoid the pitfalls of self-employment (namely procrastination) that writers face.
I tend to do my writing in seclusion and silence, away from the noise and hustle and bustle of life and family. It doesn’t matter if it’s early in the morning or late at night, I like to find my own little piece of nothingness and write.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I take them from a lot of places, from the obvious ones — such as my own life and history — to dreams, ideas and random musings.
What do you like to read?
I like to read all genres, it helps me to grow as a writer. I read graphic horror novels and suspenseful thrillers, but I also read classics, literary fiction, biography and science fiction.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Read a lot and write a lot. The two go hand in hand. A lot of aspiring writers refuse to follow this rule and wonder why their work doesn’t improve and why publishers won’t pay attention to them, you need to read a lot to be able to write worthwhile material.
Anything else you’d like to share?
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