A Day in the Life Presents: Speculative Poetry and Horror Author et al, Neil Weston

Neil Weston

Terrie Leigh Relf: What types – and forms – of writing do you do? What is your niche?

Neil Weston: Horror, Science Fiction, Adult Fiction, Young Adult & Children’s fiction – plus speculative poetry.

Relf:  What is your area of subject matter expertise? How did you discover this niche? What intrigues you about it?

Weston: Horror. Through facing childhood nightmares after certain events, this year allowed me to combat and  control the memories of a stressful adolescence. My family grew up in a house which had plenty of creeping shadows, and writing very dark fiction and horror allows me to drift back into those haunted shadows and drag out its occupants.

Relf: How do you balance your creative and work time?

Weston: With difficulty. I live in a very busy and full house, so I just grab moments when and where I can – and hope I’m not seen hiding with a laptop on my knees!

Relf: What tips do you have for other writers?

Weston: Take up writing courses. Always believe in your tales. Practice. Learn the craft. Observe the people and the world around you. Always carry something to write with and a scrap or two of paper – ideas come when you least expect them! Be humble and listen to your peers, both in writing and life. I never truly got a grip on writing until my late forties, early fifties,  so hang in there; it will happen!

Relf: What are your thoughts on the creative process in general and your creative process in particular?

Weston: The creative writing process is one of joy and hard work, which offers limitless fun! Mine is spent trying to capture an explosion of ideas and making sure I hang in there for the ride! I now have my own fictional world, and am enjoying the devices and desires of events and individuals who populate that space.

Relf: Where do your ideas come from?

Weston: My inner fears and work, as I’m lucky to spend each week with surgeons.

Relf: Where have you been published? Upcoming publications? Awards and other accolades?

Weston: In numerous online and paperback publications. Nothing upcoming yet. No awards or accolades. Yet.

Relf: What are you working on now?

Weston: A novel and numerous short stories set in that novel’s universe.

Relf: What challenges have you faced as a writer and/or with a particular project? How did you meet them? What did you learn from these challenges and how did they make you a better writer?

Weston: Rejection. Understand negative comments can be used as positive learning tools. Just finding time to sit and write. It helps that I now have several Beta readers and an editor who makes sure my work is of a professional standard.

Relf: Are you currently a writing mentor? If so, what are your thoughts on mentoring?

Weston: No, I’m not a mentor. I’d say go find a mentor, somebody who understands writing and how best to cope with its demands.

Relf: As a fiction writer, who are your favorite characters? How did they come into being, and what do you love – or loathe – about them?

Weston: I have a pair of characters who are in the same family, but generations apart, and I can feed off their histories. Most of my characters are named after friends with an essence of that individual’s real character (e.g., a speech pattern, dress sense, hair color, etc.) in their fictional counterparts. I love them all. Some are loathsome, but this is part of their story trait and I wouldn’t dismiss a single quirk or outburst.

Relf: Are you currently, or have you ever, been in a writing group? Your thoughts?

Weston: Once, about three decades ago. It was a good experience and I learned much about how other writers approach writing in general.

Relf: What type of networking do you do?

Weston: I used to shy away from places like Facebook, but since joining, I am now meeting people who experience the highs and lows of writing and can offer sage advice.

Relf: Your thoughts on having an agent?

Weston: I’d like to have an agent. The more successful I become, I’ll need someone with a business head.

Relf: Your thoughts on self-publishing?

Weston: Go for it! I’m planning to release all my adult fiction via this route. Amazon springs to mind.

Relf:  Where do you see yourself in the next year? The next five years? 

Weston: Hopefully, having completed the novel and being more consistent with my stories at a standard that I, my family, and friends can feel proud of me reaching. Writing has been a very long-held ambition, and I love getting published.

Relf: Thank you, Neil, for creating the time for this interview. Be sure to read his bio below, visit Amazon and Facebook page to learn more about him.

And yes. . .BUY – AND READ – his work.

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Neil works under several nom de plume’s. His current incarnation of Kane Gordon has seen him flourish with works accepted at Hides the Dark Tower anthology, Outposts of Beyond (with Deborah Walker, April 2016 edition), and several appearances in Devolution Z (March & April 2016 editions). He’s working on a novel and several short stories involving characters from that novel’s universe.

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