Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Paul Adams was born and educated in Hampton, England, before spending five years at Lancaster University trying to get a degree (English Literature, so he knows a bit about books, & Geography, so he can find his way to the library). With so many distractions (the sex & drugs & rock and roll) it was a serious struggle, apparently.
After graduation, he was part of the alternative comedy scene in London in the 1980’s, before realising that maybe he should get a ‘proper job’.
After twenty five years in the Civil Service in London and Bristol, he decided to ‘get a life’ and resigned to dedicate his time to writing fiction and designing gardens.
His first novel – ‘Time Was’ – was published in March 2013 and the sequel, ‘Blythe’s Spirit’, was published in July 2013.
‘Bad Man Rising’ – book 3 in the series – was published in October 2014.
‘For Richer Or Poorer’ (book 4) will be published in 2015.
These will make up the Henry Blythe series of novels.
There may well be more.
He will also, at some time in the future, branch out into crime fiction, which is where his professional background lies.
He will also publish a travelogue in late 2015/early 2016.
He now lives in Western Australia, where the beer is not as good, but at least it doesn’t rain as often.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is ‘Bad Man Rising’.
It is the third book in the Henry Blythe series.
Bad Man Rising takes the main male character from the first two novels (Henry Blythe) and deals with his early life from college to the big, wide world beyond.
It is often said that a writer’s first novel is semi autobiographical.
I waited until my third novel for that.
The first two novels are entirely fictitious.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
What authors, or books have influenced you?
PG Wodehouse for his blithe attitude & writing style.
I’ve taken that and moved it well and truly into the 21st Century and dealt with far more adult subject matter.
The 2 Pete McCarthy travelogues have inspired me to want to try some travel writing. I love his sense of humour. Given we both did comedy in London and acting at the Edinburgh Fringe, I guess that’s hardly surprising.
I will be off on my travels in April and hope to publish by the end of the year.
What are you working on now?
‘For Richer Or Poorer’ – Henry Blythe novel #4.
Part travelogue, as it is set on the island of Capri – otherwise entirely fictitious.
The tale of Sophie’s & Emma’s Mediterranean holiday. Sun, sand, sea and sex…..and more sex.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I found I sold way more books by publicising on a particular Facebook page that catered for the more racy novels. Even though I don’t think my books are racy (some would disagree – see reviews), that one FB page accounted for maybe 400 sales in the first year, which is not bad for an unknown author.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Writing is the easy part. Marketing is tough and a very steep learning curve. But there are plenty of online forums (fora?) to advise you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Keep writing…..and market at least 2 hours a day.
Don’t expect to hit big sales immediately. Few people do.
You could be in this for the long haul.
What are you reading now?
Just finished Pete McCarthy’s – McCarthy’s Bar – for the third time in 4 months.
Enjoyed the last Irvine Welsh – Sex Lives…..
Waiting on the next Chris Brookmyre & Irving Welsh.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finish For Richer Or Poorer.
Write my first travel book.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Too many to chose from.