This week, I'm joined by Owen Quinn, a Northern Ireland based writer and author of the Zombie Blues and Time Warriors series of books. He also has big plans to be the first Irish Doctor Who, so keep an eye out!
Hey Owen, thanks for dropping by! How long have you been a writer?
Where did you get the inspiration for your books?
Oh, to be a naïve fifteen-year-old. I wrote my Doctor Who story all by hand and even drew the cover for the Target novelisation, but they sent it back as they didn’t take handwritten submissions. So, the Time Warriors was born thanks to Doctor Who.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your writing career, so far?
If you could go back and give your younger self a single piece of writing advice, what would it be?
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
What do you think the biggest challenges are for aspiring writers, right now?
Look at any supermarket selection of books and it’s big names or celebrity autobiographies. The term celebrity sadly includes those wank sticks from reality television which has also impacted quality television drama. Yet we have the greatest resource for new and editing fiction right here in self-publishers which is tarnished by the ability to publish any old shit with a thousand typos and again those telling them how great their writing is when it really deserves to be used as toilet paper. Then you have these publishers that charge you to publish their book.
Do you believe that having a strong social media presence leads to more book sales?
How do you deal with writer’s block?
What is your favourite part of the writing process?
If you could collaborate with any other author on a project, who would it be and why?
What are you working on now?
Where do you see your writing career in 5 years?
Have you ever considered writing in another genre?
Pen names – yay or nay?
What marketing tips would you give to someone starting out in their career?