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    smsarber interviews euclid:
    Euclid is a fascinating character I met in Uncle Jim's thread . I shamelessly stole my questions from Yeshanu, who stole them from ShadowFerret; goes to show, never tell anything to a writer unless you expect them to use it!

    Tell us a bit about yourself. What would you like us to know about you?

    I have a masters degree in Mathematics and a passion for History. My working life was spent in computing and telecommunications in industries ranging from Oil through Pharma and manufacturing and including shipping. I was a computer consultant for 6 years.

    What are you doing now? (Career? Married? Single? Children? Pets?)

    Married, retired, 3 children (one of each).

    When did you first realize you had a talent for writing? When did you start to believe it could be a viable career option?


    What do you write? Novels? Short stories? Poetry? Non-Fiction? Which do you prefer and why?

    Short stories (28 (8 SF) so far) and novels (3 so far).

    What is your favorite genre to write in? To read in?

    I like to write Historical Fiction. I read all sorts, but I love SciFi.

    How do you generate story ideas?

    I don't know; they just come to me.

    Give us an example of a typical writing day.

    I write from about 9:30 to 17:00 with a break for lunch. I try to do 6 hours every day. I usually write about 1,500 words each day. I keep meticulous records (in Excel) of word count for each day; it helps to keep me focused.

    What are your strong qualities as a writer?

    I'm good at Dialogue and Characterisation (my readers tell me).

    Your weaknesses?

    Everything else.

    If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?

    Brisbane, Australia, where my daughter is expecting twins in 2009 (one of each) !!

    What inspires you to write and why?

    Some stories just need to be told.

    What is your favorite book and why?

    HHGG (the first two books) by a country mile. It's difficult to say why.

    What is your favorite genre and why?

    Science Fiction. I've been reading it for years.

    List your three favorite authors (any genre) and why?

    A very difficult question. I could list 50.

    Douglas Adams (you know why)
    Samuel Beckett (master of dialogue and humour)
    Richard Dawkins (yes, that R. Dawkins)

    What do you think makes a writer successful?

    Talent, hard work and a lot of luck.

    What are your goals as a writer?

    To write a bestseller and get it published in the next 2 years.

    How long did it take you to write your book(s)?

    Not counting the outlining part:
    1. 3 months
    2. 4 months
    3. 6 months (so far) I started writing June 14

    If you have published a book, tell us about your publishing success (title, publishing date and company, where it is available to purchase).

    No such luck

    What would you do differently if you could repeat the same publishing experience?

    What have you learned about the publishing world?

    If you could meet anyone in history, who would it be and why?

    R. A. Lafferty. A wonderful writer of whimsical SF

    What is your favorite food?

    Three piping hot Pork sausages in rolls with lashings of butter, washed down with Chilean wine (Santa Rita) and followed by profiterols and chocolate sauce.

    What is your favorite color?


    What is your favorite place?

    The Grand Canyon, Arizona.

    What is your favorite memory?

    Can't remember.

    If you could have any talent in the world besides writing, what would it be?

    Playing the piano. I used to play guitar and harmonica, but the neighbours asked me to stop.

    Is there anything you’d like to tell us about yourself that might surprise people at AW?

    Yes. No.

    Thanks for your time and honesty.
    Last edited by smsarber; 12-16-2008 at 01:59 AM. Reason: Euclid asked me to
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