I got a chance to interview Paul Dorset recently, author of several great books (you can find them on Kindle, just follow the links further down this page). Paul is not only a writer of novels, he is also a great promoter of other independent authors (like me) and a great source of encouragement! Read the interview, then buy his books!!
1. Give us a synopsis of “Ryann” that’s different from the Amazon description:
Paul: That’s a really tough question as I take my time to carefully write and rewrite all my book descriptions. How about I give you the words that one of my readers wrote? “Ryann, a novella by Paul Dorset, is a short but nicely complicated story of servitude and capacity for good and evil to co-exist. I want more of this series since I want to learn what the author has planned for Ryann. Some violence in this novel is delivered softly by the author and is left to the imagination of the reader as to how it actually plays out. The tale of the son and father at odds with each other is even more complicated when we learn the family secret. Happily awaiting more from this series.”
2. When you write a book, is it a work of years, are you writing every day, sporadically? (Let us in on how you write.)
Paul: My early books were certainly a work of years! But I’ve got into somewhat of a groove nowadays. My book “thought-to-market process” is around six months. Month one, plot out the book at a very high level (main characters, storyline, world, religions, magics, etc.). I end up with about 200 plot points (that will be converted to manuscript). Months two and three, write the manuscript. Month four, leave the manuscript alone. Don’t touch it at all. Months five and six, edit, get reader feedback, re-edit and plan launch, marketing, covers, description, etc. When I’m writing the manuscript I write around 1,400 words in an hour. Sometimes I write for two or three hours, and I write around 10,000 words a week.
3. Is there a particular passage you’ve written that you’d like to write again—not because you want to change it but because you enjoyed writing it so much you’d like to recapture that moment?
Paul: I find that books get easier to write the further I get into them. By the time I have four chapters left to write, invariably I end up writing it all in one day. So, if I only ever had to write book endings, it would be wonderful! As for individual passages, I don’t think so. There are passages I enjoy more than others, but I think that’s the case with any book.
4. You’re known among us independent writers as a voice for independent writers. How did that come about?
Paul: I’m a big believer in helping people where you can. I don’t think I have anything I really want to hide from others and so instead it follows to my way of thinking that I should be helping others if I can. My only problem is time. There are just too many demands on those few hours I get in each day. And lastly, you flatter me greatly. I am just another Indie Author who wants us all to be the best we can.
5. What is your all-time favorite work of fiction?
Paul: Tough question. One book? It would have to be “Mister God, This Is Anna,” by Fynn. I read it as a teenager and it had a profound impact on me. I’m not saying I agree with everything in it, just that the book has stayed with me all my life. How many books have had that effect on you?
[Sam's answer: "Bendigo Shafter" by Louis L'Amour. I'll explain why some day!]
6. If you could ask a question of the author of your answer in #5, what would it be (and why)?
Paul: I don’t know if Fynn is their real name, or whether the person is even dead or alive. I’ve never actually thought about asking them a question. The book stands alone to me. It isn’t a book that really needs any other answers. But it was written with a simplicity that captured me as a reader. I’d love to emulate that in some of my works.
7. If someone were making a movie of “Ryann”, who would you cast in the lead role(s)?
Paul: Ha! It’s a book involving young teenagers and I don’t watch enough children’s TV to be able to answer that question. Sorry!
8. Are you working on any new fiction now (what can you tell us about it)?
Paul: I’m working on a lot of projects at the moment. My latest project… And I say that because everything seems to be a project nowadays. I like to have several things on the go at once. My most recently published book was last July, but I’ve been busy since then and expect to have four books published during the next eight months. I’ve just completed two manuscripts that will form the first two books in a four book Sci-Fi series, and I’m just about to start writing the first in a three book YA Fantasy series. The YA Fantasy series is a follow-up to my novella, Ryann, which was published last year.
9. What’s your writing environment like? Music? Silence? Cluttered? Neat?
Paul: Music. Classical or without lyrics. Headphones. Office. No interruptions. I write 90% of my stuff at home, but occasionally if I’m away for a few days will write on my laptop in as near to my preferred environment as possible.
10. Who is the greatest encourager for your writing (and why/how)?
Paul: Me! And that’s not because no one else encourages me, it’s just that, bottom line, I have to want to write. Others enjoy reading what I write, but I primarily write because I want to write the story. It becomes a reader-friendly book after it’s written. Inspiration comes from within and if we don’t have that spark, we shouldn’t be writing. I like to think of other people around me as supporters, rather than encouragers. Unless… Unless I get myself a muse!
Paul Dorset was born in Poole, Dorset in England but has been living in America since 1995. He has been writing for many years and some of his early works were published in ‘teen advice’ columns. He has also had many technical articles published, mostly in the field of Computing.
Paul currently lives in the Pacific Northwest but has traveled extensively and worked many times with teens and youth groups. It is this background combined with a vivid imagination that has enabled him to weave a tapestry of magic into complete novels. His first epic fantasy series, aimed at young adults, is entitled ‘The Southern Lands’. However, the storyline is more than exciting enough to keep adults turning pages as the story unfolds.
Paul is a father of five who has worked as a computer consultant for more than 30 years. His publications include fantasy novels for ages 12-plus, how-to books for adults, and dark paranormal thrillers for ages 16+. He incorporates his extensive experience in computers – and his insightful perspective on the possibilities therein – in novels that include layers of contemporary intrigue, romance and mystery. You can follow his blog at http://blog.pauldorset.com
A book on Amazon: Ryann