Welcome, John Hudspith…
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I live in the UK with my wife, Andrea and two lovely dogs, and writing is my living.
What books have you published?
Kimi’s Secret, a paranormal sci-fi fantasy and its sequel Kimi’s Fear.
Were you inspired by someone or something?
Yes, I set myself a challenge to create an original otherworld and an original storyline that would encompass all those things I loved when I was growing up: aliens, ghosts, time-travel and monsters under the bed; a story that could be enjoyed by adults and kids alike.
What do you like about writing a story?
The creational challenge, coming up not only with something new but an enjoyable plot.
Can you tell us about your newest book?
How did you come up with the story?
A few `what-ifs` presented themselves at the conclusion of Kimi’s Secret, so I guess the story came up with itself.
What genre best fits for the book?
None, really. Bloody genres.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
Yes, an adult horror with a touch of ghostly fantasy.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Reading is an artform, too. So many aspiring writers fail to grasp this.
What is your writing routine?
I sit down and write and the hours fly by. I don’t set word count targets, simply write the next scene.
You’re an editor as well as a writer. What’s the editing process for your own work?
With the Kimi books I drafted once through then went back to the beginning to start the editing and tightening process. The work in progress, however, needs a different approach. With up to eight POV characters, each with a different narrative voice and a tightly-woven plot, I’m editing and polishing each chapter as I go, which can mean up to ten drafts per chapter, then it goes to beta readers, another polish, then off to my own editor for a final inspection.
What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?
Most: playing in the magic zone. Least: writer’s arse.
How important is it for you to share your writing?
I’m as vain as the next, and like nothing better than making that psychic connection with a reader on the other side of the world and playing my stories out in their head.
Could you share your editing FAQs? I believe you offer a free sample edit?
I do, yes. Send me the opening chapters to your work and I’ll tell you where you’re going right and wrong.