Welcome to my Authors 40+ Series – sharing the stories of amazing authors who published their first book over the age of 40. The series features talented, experienced and inspirational writers who share their (often non-conventional!) writing and publishing journeys honestly and articulately. Next to feature, is Paul White!
1) What is the title and synopsis/premise of your first book?
My first book is called ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’.
It was first published under the title of ‘A Most Extraordinary Day‘ (2013?) and was really a bit of a mess regarding editing, formatting and the like. In fact, ‘Rupert’ has undergone several edits as I have learnt to be a better writer and become an experienced publisher.
‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’ is a genre defying novel. The protagonist is a bit of a bumbling lad, a ‘normal’, regular bloke who is pretty much drifting through life. He meets Carla, who becomes the love of his life; the girl he is to propose to the very day he is snatched off the street and his adventure begins.
Through flashbacks and memories characters are introduced and their backgrounds uncovered. Rupert’s dysfunctional childhood is slowly revealed, as is Carla’s traumatic past and George’s (Rupert’s boss and friend) previous life.
The reader is taken from high, laugh out loud moments, before being plummeted into tear-jerking depths of despair as they travel through each of the characters’ lives. Often hilariously funny and charming, this fast paced, suspenseful, unbelievable, honest book searches into the reader’s own soul and asks questions of their own humanity, their fears, uncertainties and beliefs before making then cry with laughter once again with tears of joy and sadness. This is a story of realisation, of finding oneself, of intrigue, humanity and, above all love.
You can grab a copy of ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’ on any of these links:
Paperback UK http://amzn.to/2hHzChq
Kindle Worldwide http://authl.it/4×0
2) Tell me about writing the book e.g. where did the idea come from / how long did it take / what did you learn along the way?
The seed for writing ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’ was planted many years before. I think I would have been 24/25 years old. I had already penned a few rough stories, like ‘Miriam’s Hex’, which I published as an Electric Eclectic book, about thirty years after the first draft.
Anyway, I read a short story in a magazine about a man being snatched off a street for no apparent reason and thought “what a great start to a story”. Rupert grew from that.
3) Tell me about your publishing journey step by step – what happened once the book was finished?
I hate to call what I did publishing. All I really did was upload the book to CreateSpace and let things happen.
Like many novice writers, I thought my story was so wonderful and amazing the world would be clambering for a copy…sadly that did not happen. But after re-edits, re-titling, a different cover and lots of hard work promoting the book ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’ is ticking over nicely, thank you.
Although now I design book covers, I am a little embarrassed as ‘Rupert’ still wears a CreateSpace template cover. It is about time I gave him some new clothes!
4) Who or what has helped you the most in becoming a published author?
Initially it was my wife. She encouraged me to write ‘The Abduction of Rupert DeVille’ and purchased some books on writing and authorship.
My short Electric Eclectic book, ‘Miriam’s Hex’, remains one of her favourite tales.
‘Miriam’s Hex’ can be found here: http://amzn.to/2nflLOD.
5) What are the main obstacles you faced / overcame when writing and publishing your book(s)?
I think one of the biggest challenges as a writer is to understand that a ‘finished’ story is only the first step to producing a completed book. Once the tale has been told and captured on paper, or hard drive, is when the real work of authorship begins – the editing, re-writing, honing and perfecting each word, sentence and chapter.
If your story is worth writing it is far too good to be rushed into print. Take your time and make certain you have dotted every single ‘i’ and crossed each ‘t’ on every page…then send it to your editor to be corrected before re-writing all those bits over again. It will be worth your efforts in the long run. Trust me, I have been there and done that.
6) How do you promote/advertise your book(s)?
Wow…now this is a question I’ll have to answer in brief or it will be an entire tome of several volumes.
Over the years I have developed several marketing strategies which involve creating relationships, partnerships and communicating great content to my audience…my potential readers…like you…I hope. (smiley face!)
My main marketing focus is with Electric Eclectic. Electric Eclectic is a branded book promotion. Once having been described as a ‘Tinder’ for authors and readers, it is much more than that.
Electric Eclectic has a Website, an App, a Facebook page and in early January 2109 is acquiring a Instagram presence and launching ‘Electric Press’, its YouTube channel for writers and authors. The Electric Press will also be the name of Electric Eclectic online magazine, published by CQ International, to a ready readership of 50K people around the globe. Electric Eclectic, in partnership with several publishers and other associated media, is set to make a major impact in the indie publishing world this year.
You can check out the Electric Eclectic website on this link http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks.
7) How did you celebrate the incredible achievement of your first book being published?
I did not celebrate. I started on my next book immediately…a bit geekish I know, but it led me to be a full-time indie author and publisher and I love the life.
8) What advice would you give to other authors about to begin their publishing journey?
Research and hone your writing skills, oh and buy my books about being an indie author, they are: ‘The Frugal Author’ & ‘Lots of Author Stuff you Need to Know’.
Honestly, these easily downloadable eBooks are full of all the ‘stuff’ I have learnt by trial and error over the past years. Save yourself time, heartache and a ton of money, buy these books.
The Frugal Author: http://authl.it/B07B27SPBL.
9) Where is/are your book(s) currently available to read and where can people find you online?
My books are all on my website http://bit.ly/paulswebsite.
My Electric Eclectic books are on the EE website http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks.
10) Are you working on anything new we can look forward to in 2019?
Yes, I always have several works in progress as I write non-fiction too, so there is always something happening.
I am currently finishing up writing a book for the Royal Navy research archives and I am researching ancient Scottish myth and folk law, for a book I hope to start writing in 2019.
My novel, FLOYD, about an escaped psychopath on a murderous revenge spree, is well underway, as is the conversion of my old blog, about the idiosyncrasies of life, to a book I have titled ‘On the Highway of Irreverent Rumination and Delusion’.
You can find out more by visiting my website and looking on the WiP page, http://bit.ly/paulswebsite.
Thank you for taking part in my Authors 40+ Series Paul! If you are an author who published their first fiction or nonfiction book over the age of 40 and would like to be featured in this blog series just like Reyna, D.P., Michael and Christina, please get in touch!