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Interview with Paul Trueman

Q.1 Tell us a little about yourself? Perhaps something not many people know?
A. I am passionate that every child should receive a thoroughly safe and enjoyable educational experience. This is why I volunteer at my local secondary school two days a week helping the student with their GCSE English exam preparation.

Q.2 How many unpublished and half-finished book do you have?
A. I have three published books, two Autobiographies, and one psychological thriller. I am currently halfway through writing a sequel to Left behind seeking revenge, which is titled Left behind still seeking revenge.

Q.3 Where do you get your ideas?
A. As far as, Me and my black dog and Cupboard Boy are concerned, it’s from personal experience. Even my fiction books such as Left behind seeking revenge the ideas come from my military background and my frequent nightmares.

Q.4 What advice do you have for writers?
A. Keep a notebook on you at all times, you never know when you going to meet your next character or have that great idea for a plot. Also, never give up on your dream of writing a best seller. Just take a break from it from time to time. Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Q.5 Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A. I just write as I would say; it if I was talking to the reader person.

Q.6 If you could tell your younger writing self-anything, what would it be?
A. Keep a diary and record your thoughts and feelings.

Q.7 What are the most important magazines or websites for writers to subscribe to?
A. I personally don’t subscribe to any. I want my work to come out of my head and not be influenced by other people opinions or ideas.

Q.8 What is the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A. There is a fine line between complimenting and insulting a character of the opposite sex. The trick is for me to run the character by my wife.

Q.9 How do you select the names of your characters?
A. I use mixed up the name from people I know so Ted Baxter is a combination of Ted James and James Baxter.

Q.10 Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
A. Yes, I certainly do, how can one give the reader what they want if you don’t. As far as bad reviews, in this game, you can never please everyone and every reader is entitled to their opinion.

Q.11 Does your family support your career as a writer?
A. Yes, my wife and brother-in-law are my biggest fans and critics.

Q.12 What do your fans mean to you?
A. Everything. I like the idea that readers use my books to escape from their own reality for an hour or two.

Q.13 How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
A. I have written seven books so far. My favorite book is “Me and My Black Dog” as I hope it helps raise awareness of PTSD and how people often suffer in silence. Especially our military.

Q.14 Do you have any unique and quirky writing habits?
A. The only quirky thing is that I write in a dark room. I find it helps me recall my experiences better and I never write on a Sunday.

Q.15 What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
A. My three fantastic children who I adore immensely.

Q.16 What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?
A. Plagiarism. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to write a piece of literature, and it is totally unethical to simple publish someone else’s work and pass it off as your own.

Q.17 Who edited your book and how did you select him/her?
A. My wife edits all of my books. She's doing it for love, not money.

Q.18 Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
A. Charles Dickens. He has always been my favorite author since the age of five.

Q.19 What is your favorite book and why?
A. An Inspector Calls, a play by J.B Priestly. It’s a great book which has lots of hidden depth.

Q.20 How can readers discover more about you and your work?
A. Find me on Facebook - P T Saunders or read Cupboard Boy and Me and my black dog, my autobiographies.

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