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May 11, 2013

Interview with Author Jonathan Clark

Posted in: General, Self-Publishing

Today’s blog post is a question and answer session with author Jonathan Clark, a writer from the UK who describes himself as, “a tutor and writer.” and “a Beatles and Shakespeare obsessive”. Clark says, “I believe in the potential of children to become whatever they want and the power of a good educator to help them get there.”

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I have been writing for about 4 years in total.

Q: What books do you have published?
I have published ‘A Question of Biology’ on Kindle. It is for 16-19 year olds who like to study Biology.
biology_book
available on Amazon.com
or Amazon UK website.

Then when I went on to write Karim and the Secret of the Stones on Amazon.com(click for UK edition) it was in the belief that science (in this case the science of the Solar System) is fascinating if presented in the form of sci-fi. This is a book specifically for teenagers.

Q: So in Karim and the Secret of the Stones’ your main character travels from the UK to the US. Have you lived in both countries?

A: I have always lived in the UK but have travelled across the USA and been to New York twice. Would like to go back. I read a lot about the USA. Karim goes there as he needs to get to the centre of world power.

Q: Now, I interrupted your description of the books you have written, the last one is….

A: I also wrote ‘1994 The Very Last Lennon Interview’ after seeing a man on Polish TV who looked very much like I think John Lennon would have looked in his mid-fifties. I think you have to write about what you are interested in and passionate about, and that has to come from your life. I think this may be of some interest to late teens who like the Beatles – there are some out there!

ME putting in my 2 cents: I thought the concept of 1994 The Very Last Lennon Interview sounded fascinating. The basic idea is what if John Lennon had actually survived the murder attempt through a CIA operation; and taken to hiding out in Poland. So it’s a what if John Lennon didn’t die? What if he simply had to go into hiding. Considering Lennon wrote Watching the Wheels, this scenarios is quite believable. I had to look up the song after I read your book blurb. Here it is for interested folks.

Q: What is the best writing advice you ever got?

A: To write about what you know and to always write from the heart and have a fascination for the process.

Q: What works best for you for promoting your books?

A: Good question! Free giveaways can be effective. Advertising is unpredictable and can be expensive. Blogs can be good – but you also need a bit of luck too.

Q: What are you currently working on?

A: I am currently writing a book about the Beatles time in Hamburg in the early 1960s when they had a member called Stuart Sutcliff who died tragically.

Q: Anything else that you’d like to tell me? Advice you’d give to other writers? Something you’d like to say to readers?

A: To the readers I would say to just read what they like and not be put off by boring ‘novels’ that are supposed to be classics and are irrelevant and dull. Read what excites you and love it! To writers I would say write from your heart and be true to yourself and appreciate your own art for what it is.

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