Q&A Thursday with Paul Flewitt

Today’s Interview is with Author Paul Flewitt! 
What is the worst thing you’ve written, how did you learn or
know it was bad, and what did you learn from it?
Oooh, getting right into the bone of the matter…I like it!
I’ve written some pretty bad poetry in my time. I started
out writing poetry as a youngster, so all that stuff would be utter rubbish.
More recently, I seem to feel if a piece I’m writing is good or not, and I have
a great group of beta readers who help me get things right. I read a lot in my
spare time, so pretty much I’m self-taught as far as good or bad and my idea of
what is which.
Why did you start writing and when did you decide to go
professional?
I’ve been imaginative for about as long as I can remember
and my parents taught me to read and write as soon as I was able to speak, so
in that respect I guess I’ve always written. My first memory of writing with
purpose was a poem I wrote as a youngster called “The Dead School”. I decided
to go professional, if that’s what I am, around late 2012/early 2013.
Do you write in more than one genre? Which ones and which do
you like the best?
I have only released in the horror genre, but I don’t rule
out writing in the fantasy or sci-fi areas. I’m not a guy who ever says never;
but I think it’s safe to say I’m never going to do a Jilly Cooper or Barbara
Cartland style story. I do think that anything I write will probably be
prefixed with the word “dark”.
 I have to admit to
enjoying the horror genre. It’s the genre I enjoyed reading best throughout my
life, so it’s no surprise that I would enjoy writing in that style. What I also
find, though, is a really diverse and supportive community which exists out in
the world. Fans of horror tend to be rabid in their following, and they’re such
a fun group of people…weird to say, I know…but horror people are some of the
funniest people around!
Do you read other author’s books when you’re writing? If so,
do you read the same genre or something different?
I don’t not read, or I’d never read a book again. I read
whatever I feel like at the time and go through various moods as far as books I
read is concerned.
What is the most difficult part of the entire writing
process for you? Queries, pitches, editing..etc.
Synopsis and blurb writing; no doubt about it. It’s the
devil’s own work.
If you could have the same type of career as any author
currently publishing who would it be and why?

That’s a great question… it’d have to be a combination of
three different authors if we’re talking real dream sequence stuff. I’d love to
have the profundity and the lifestyle of Clive Barker, he seems to have a lot
of fun, makes some great movies, writes and paints. He is a complete artist.
The other is Stephen King, simply because of his commercial success. Anyone who
says they don’t want to make a good living from their writing is a liar. Yes,
the art is important to me; but I also have a mortgage to pay and mouths to
feed.

Paul Flewitt lives in Sheffield, UK with his partner and their two children. He is a writer of horror and dark fiction with JEA press. 


Paul is the author of “Smoke” a flash fiction which appeared in OzHorrorCon’s Book of Tribes anthology, “Paradise Park” from JEA’s All That Remains anthology and the stand alone novella “Poor Jeffrey” through CHBB’Vamptasy press. He continues to work on further pieces…
Smart url for Amazon book page; http://smarturl.it/PoorJeffrey

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