This interview posted by Fiona McVie at her blog here:
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc
About the Author Paul G Day
Paul G Day is an experienced writer and Author of dozens of books and thousands of poems. He has been writing for many years, specializing in poetry and stories for young readers. He is a qualified school teacher with two degrees. Paul was born one of 9 children and has two grown children of his own and has been happily married to his lovely wife Jennifer for 25 years. Paul loves to write stories which engages his readers with wonderful characters they can easily identify with. He loves to write stories about personal growth in the context of a broader, complex and sometimes unforgiving world. When writing about his characters, Paul draws on real life experiences, capturing the spirit of adventure, loyalty and courage in every unique story.
Tell us your latest news?
I have several new books coming out this year. The first one is a sequel to The Black Fairy and The Dragonfly, then there is Children of Mars and another sequel, this time to Star Child and if I still have time, my epic fantasy novel, The Four Edged Sword. I have also entered into the Reader’s Favorite Author competition to win a major prize and a chance to have my book made into a TV series of Film.
When and why did you begin writing?
Writing or telling stories has always been in my blood. It was the one thing I was good at in school. But I didn’t really take it seriously until a few years ago when I decided that if I was ever going to be successful, I had to finish one project, then start the next. Now I have sixteen books, with more on the way.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I believe that a writer is someone who practices the art of writing on a daily basis. In that respect, because I write just about every single day, that makes me a writer. However, I couldn’t really say with certainty when I became a “writer”. I think either it’s in your blood or it’s not.
What inspired you to write your first book?
My first real book was The Misadventures of Red Bear. It was inspired by experiences I had growing up in a large family and feeling left out, like I did not belong. I based my character on my own personality. Red Bear himself is a sweet, sincere, dear little fellow, but he is unsure of his own abilities. His one true strength is that he never says no when others ask him for help.
Do you have a specific writing style?
No. I try to write in the style dictated by the genre and readership. For example, I use a standard rhyming scheme for my children’s books, but for my junior novels I use a classic style of writing reminiscent of some of the older literature. However, my science fiction and fantasy novels for older readers has a different style again, with much more detailed narrative and more thoughtful meaning within the narrative. I try to treat each new book as its own unique thing and adapt my writing style to suit. If I have a style it is something that is natural, rather than forced. I write on instinct and let the story flow straight from me, usually without any pre-thought or planning, except for brief chapter notes at the beginning of each chapter. Even then I change them (notes) as I write.
How do you come up with the titles?
My titles are usually the second thing I do and I try to keep the title that I am inspired to use if I can. But then I usually do some research to make sure someone else doesn’t already have the same title. My titles are quite classic in the respect that I tend to use “The” at the beginning, as in The Black Fairy. But this is not always the case. A few of my books are more modern in title style. As with the story, I try to make my title match the genre and themes and style of my book. I then find a unique font which enhances the title. Each one of my books has its own unique look and the font is important to that.
Is there a message in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
All of my books, almost without exception, have a message embedded in them. This is quite conscious on my part, though I do not set out to have a message. It seems to happen on its own. I think if you write from the heart, from deeply personal experiences, there is always going to be a message, by default in your work.
How much of the book is realistic?
Obviously in my fantasy and children’s books, not much of it is real, so the story focuses on the journey. But in my science fiction books, I try to make them seem as real as the imagination will allow. I want my readers to easily imagine the situation and not be distracted by the impossibilities of too much speculative writing. For example, in my upcoming book, Children of Mars, I want my readers to believe these children really are living on Mars. Likewise with my Star Child series, I want my readers to believe Tamsin really is on this incredible journey. The science I use, whilst minimal, is very real and based on real technology.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Definitely. As a teacher and one of nine children myself, I have been exposed to the very best and worst behavior and I am always observing and watching and listening and conversations and personalities invariably turn up in my stories. But they are character types, rather than copies of real people. Otherwise they would seem too contrived.
What books have most influenced your life most?
The Time Machine, Across the Face of the World, Lord of The Rings, Red Mars, I Robot, Jane Eyre, Rendezvous with Rama, just to name a few off the top of my head. All different, all influential, all important to me.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
Probably Arthur C Clarke stands out for his realistic approach to writing and the incredible and tangible way he makes space seem real. Tolkien for the effortless way he interweaves the social conscience of the world into the narrative.
What book are you reading now?
I have started reading George R Martin’s Game of Thrones (Originally A Song of Ice and Fire). I love the series and wanted to read the books. I’m also reading the third book in the Husk series by Russell Kirkpatrick.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I haven’t finished reading his books yet, but John Reinhard Dizon is an indie author I have come to know over the past few weeks. I designed covers for him and have one of his books which I am reading. He has similar ideas to me, but a very different approach. Other new authors I have read and enjoyed include Janice Spina (also my editor), author of Louey the Lazy elephant and other titles, as well as J Z Bingham, author of the Salty Splashes children’s books. Both authors are developing into great writers and are becoming successful authors in their own right. In addition to these, any of the member authors of Published Indie Authors are good.
What are your current projects?
Children of Mars is a Sci-fi novel for Young Adults and older readers and centers around nine children aged between four and seventeen and how they cope and survive in a base on Mars after their parents go missing and are presumed dead. Also, the sequel to The Black Fairy and The Dragonfly, Escape From The Dark Queen, which I am delighted to say is almost finished.
Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Janice Spina has been a great friend online, as has Chris Graham (a.k.a. The Story Reading Ape). There are others, but these two individuals have supported me in my journey and have gone way beyond anything you could reasonably ask and I owe them both a debt of gratitude.
Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely yes. At least, if at all possible. I do work. I am a Relief Teacher. It helps to pay the bills and I enjoy it, but I want to write. It is what I was born to do. I believe that with all sincerity. The more books I release, the more I know it in my heart.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. My books are what they are. They come from deep within. I could not change them. Of course I edit them and make them better, but in essence, they are the same today as when I first wrote them, even if I have revised them twenty times.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
From reading classic stories and poems as a youngster. From hearing stories on the radio, from watching films and wanting to tell my own stories.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, Here’s an excerpt from Children of Mars:
“They were never going to return. It was the voice inside her head that told Freddie that fact. But she wasn’t about to say it out loud. She didn’t have to. The look on the faces of the other children said it all. Pierre was beside her. He rested a reassuring hand on her shoulder. It was a rare show of support and affection. They had fought so much in the past. They still fought sometimes. But as the weight of responsibility dawned on them both, Freddie suddenly felt more like the adult she wanted desperately to avoid becoming. But what choice did she have? Like it or not, the others would now look to her. Look to them both.”
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes, getting the right voice. The narrative voice is the hardest thing to rope down and be consistent with. Every book has its own unique voice and that voice is sometimes, but not always, the perspective of the central character(s). Once you have the right voice, writing becomes much easier.
Who designed the covers?
I designed all my own covers. I use Power point and a combination of other software to make composite images (several individual elements in one).
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Starting and then keeping going. I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe if a book is too hard to write it is not meant to be written. Once you start writing, if the rest of the story does not come naturally, then it is pointless even bothering. It must come naturally and it must come from the heart.
Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Every time I write a new book I learn a great deal. I learn to watch for repetition, to keep the voice consistent, to stay focused and watch for signs the writing is becoming superfluous or nonsensical. Mostly I learn how to do it better and better every time I sit down to write.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
If you have a desire to write and it is the only thing you ever think about, then go for it. The worst thing that can happen if you start on your writing journey is that nobody sees your work, then at least you have learnt something. It’s not the end of the world if you don’t achieve some success. Every writer down through history has at some stage in their life failed. Some of the greatest modern writers have been rejected more times than they would care to admit. Persistence, self belief, tenacity and a never-say-die attitude are what a writer needs. The rest is learned through experience.
Do you remember the first book you read?
“I Can Jump Puddles” stands out in my mind. I don’t remember a lot about it, but I remember our teacher reading it to us in grade three. “The Loaded Dog” is one I remember about a cattle dog at a gold mine who steals some dynamite which is lit and then is chased through the miner’s camp. One of Henry Lawson’s classics and uniquely Australian.
If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
I always wanted to make films. I actually still own the very fist cameras I bought when I was a young adult. I made films using Standard 8 and Super 8 cameras, but it was always still just a dream. I do still make short films in the form of book trailers and recently made a short film for Kipp The Copper Coast Kid starring two local young people. It was a blast.
Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
If anyone wants to contact me or like me or for any other reason, then they are more than welcome to link up with me at the following sites and addresses:
Red bear Books Blog: http://www.bravebearbooks.com
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007QGRJPU
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AuthorPaulGDay
Thank you for taking the time to interview me. This was a great deal of fun and very rewarding to do.