Monday, August 27, 2012
Writer interview - Ian Smethurst
article about the pros and cons of self-publishing. It is a very well thought-out and well-written piece. I strongly recommend it to all indie beginners - to get an idea of what lies ahead, and to all indie veterans - as a reminder and a sanity check. I took a moment to sit down (virtually) with Ian and chat about things outside of writing and publishing. ====================================== What is your favorite virtue? I would say one of my favourite virtues is my patience, which is used so often in many things that I do, and sometimes in people I interact with. Also my enthusiasm, you see I am an all-or-nothing kind of person, if I am on board with something, I throw absolutely everything into what I do. Your favorite qualities in a man. Should I answer this…being a male? I would say intelligence, I tend to get along well with guys who can hold a half decent conversation with me, instead of just a few words. Your favorite qualities in a woman. Sense of humour is an absolute must for me, if a woman can make me laugh, we’ll get along just fine. Your chief trait. Optimism perhaps, although sometimes mixed with a dose of healthy pessimism too, I am complicated. What do you appreciate the most about your friends? The thing I appreciate the most, is those friends who are *always* there, the ones that stay with you through the hard times. It is easy to be a friend when the going is good and the seas are all calm, it is not so easy when the storm clouds beckon, the thunder rolls in, the sea turns violent. My most dearest and closest friends, are those that have stayed with me, when all around was doom and gloom, when it seems that everyone else is just lining up to take a shot at you, they stay with you, and for that they will forever remain a true friend. Your main fault. I would say occasionally I can be a little sullen and morose, if things aren’t going to plan, I can get quite moody until I get them back on track again. Your idea of misery. Losing my freedom, being locked in a cage, with no hope of escape for all eternity, whether that cage is lined with bars, or your home, my freedom is one of the most important things to me. You see I did for a time lose my freedom once, my freedom to be myself, and my freedom to go where I wanted, and many people do not realize just how valuable freedom is, until they lose it. Your idea of happiness.Amazon.com. Images courtesy of Ian Smethurst.