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Cafe Three-Zero Take 7 Author Interview – with Phil Wilson

Each week we are featuring a couple of our now published authors, and inviting them to answer 7 questions about their writing and inspirations. They have all contributed to our first eBook, Tales From The Cafe: Vol 1, details of which are posted on our home page, along with where you can purchase. Our latest interview features Phil Wilson.  Be sure to check out  his author page for more information…

Q1  Give us some background on yourself?

I live in SE London with my family (wife, two kids, and the cat from next door since my own cat passed away). I work in a job in healthcare that I love. I am doing an open BA with the OU (mainly in English and Creative Writing). I aim to retire in four and a half years and to walk the Camino de Santiago and then to see where this takes me.

Q2  What was the basis for your story in Tales from the Cafe, Vol 1?

I wanted to explore the act of remembering by a quiet hero.

Q3  Why did you want to become an author?

I love telling stories. I love the effect words can have on the reader.

Q4  Any advice for fledgling authors?

Just write, and if you can, write and show to others and listen to what they say. Then write again. And read. And don’t listen to me; what do I know?

Q5  What authors do you like and admire?

Ernest Hemingway (early), John Irving, Douglas Adams (all), Stephen King, F Scott Fitzgerald (TITN), Jonathan Meads, Chris Claremont, Milan Kundera, John Steinbeck, Frank Miller, Georges Remi (Herge), and loads of others.

Q6  What do you do when you’re not writing fiction?

I love taking photos, watching movies (from the classics to art house independents and some Woody Allen) and progressive rock bands (Porcupine Tree), drinking real ale and walking.

Q7  What will you do if you become famous?

Duck and cover.

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Cafe Three-Zero Take 7 Author Interview – with Richard Kefford

Each week we are featuring a couple of our now published authors, and inviting them to answer 7 questions about their writing and inspirations. They have all contributed to our first eBook, Tales From The Cafe: Vol 1, details of which are posted on our home page, along with where you can purchase. Our latest interview features Richard Kefford.  Be sure to check out  his author page for more information…

Q1  Give us some background on yourself?

I have always enjoyed writing and finally decided to take a creative writing course with the Open University. Now retired and I feel I can put my life experiences to some good use. I am proud to be part of Café Three Zero

Q2  What was the basis for your story in Tales from the Cafe, Vol 1?

I met a lovely old lady on Dartmoor one day. We talked for about an hour and I just wrote her life story as she told it to me with fictional inserts and necessary changes.

Q3  Why did you want to become an author?

I enjoy writing so it seemed logical.

Q4  Any advice for fledgling authors?

Write, then write some more and then keep writing.

Q5  What authors do you like and admire?

Robert Heinlein, Terry Pratchett,  Zenna Henderson, Lee Childs, Graham Hurley

Q6  What do you do when you’re not writing fiction?

Life writing, travel writing and poetry. I also enjoy field geology and wood-turning.

Q7  What will you do if you become famous?

Hide, I don’t want to become famous

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Cafe Three-Zero Take 7 Author Interview – with Heidi McFadden

Each week we are featuring a couple of our now published authors, and inviting them to answer 7 questions about their writing and inspirations. They have all contributed to our first eBook, Tales From The Cafe: Vol 1, details of which are posted on our home page. Our sixth interview features Heidi McFadden.  You can also find out a little more about Heidi on her author page… 

Q1 Give us some background on yourself?

I spent the first part of my life slowly moving down the East Coast of the UK until I ended up at a girls’ grammar school in Essex. This was followed by a brief sojourn at the University of Reading and then the University of Surrey, Roehampton. Over that time I studied; English Literature, Classical Civilisation, History, Politics, Philosophy, Law and Education! Since then I’ve been teaching English to grammar school boys and forcing them to do creative writing so it only seemed fair to do some myself.

 Q2 What was the basis for your story in Tales from the Cafe, Vol 1?

The basis for my story was the news coverage of the Arab Spring.

 Q3 Why did you want to become an author?

To be honest I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up but author is definitely on the list of probabilities!

 Q4 Any advice for fledgling authors?

Write, write and write some more.

 Q5 What authors do you like and admire?

I love Dickens, Christie, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Shelley, Winterson and loads more. As for an author I admire, it would have to be Terry Pratchett for a variety of reasons.

 Q6 What do you do when you’re not writing fiction?

Teach, mark, direct school plays and bake. I really like baking.

 Q7 What will you do if you become famous?

Be hideously embarrassed probably!

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