Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m illustrator / graphic designer / writer from the UK. I came to writing quite late, when I was teaching my first child to read. As as illustrator, I thought I was in a great position to write children’s books, as I already knew how the illustrations would look in my head, which is not the case for most writers. I wrote and illustrated a series of reading books for key stage one, a child’s introduction into reading. The series is called ‘Ben and Hassan’ and went on to be a best seller on Amazon. I then wrote and illustrated a graphic comic book called ‘The magnificent adventures of Danny.’ I had now been bitten by the writing bug, and started writing novels. The first of which was ‘The Inquiry,’ A crime novel set in Liverpool. It tells the story of a family’s desperate search for their daughter, the police investigation and local media fascination, through newspaper reports.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is called ‘Aftermath,’ an apocalyptic story about a man just trying to get back to his family after earth is devastated by a nuclear war.
I suppose my relationship with my children inspired it, I just needed a setting for the story, and Great Britain during the onset of a nuclear winter seemed to fit.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
The most unusual thing about my writing is I don’t really read many books, I’m inspired by story telling in the form of film, television and song. I have never done any writing courses or anything like that, I just feel I have stories to tell, and love slipping into another world to write them.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The biggest influence has been David Simon, the creator and writer of ‘The Wire.’ I find all of his books and television work so real, and it’s a level of realism I’m always trying to achieve. Other writers have been Cormac Mccarthy, particularly ‘The Road.’
What are you working on now?
When I had finished Aftermath, I realised there was still things about the story that hadn’t been concluded. So I’m going to write the second and final part of that story.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Ereader has had the largest effect on my sales.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Not really, I consider myself very new to this myself. So maybe to take all advice given to you on board.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just tell the story how it feels
What are you reading now?
My own books, continually re editing.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully to get better, and quicker.
What is your favorite book of all time?
A Song of Ice and Fire. George R R Martin. The story is staggering.
Author Websites and Profiles
John Wilkinson Website