Anyone whose writing is inspired by Terrance Dicks and is an obvious Hitchhikers and Red Dwarf fan is most worthy and welcome to a Five Minute Profile on my blog. Today I give you Hayden Gribble, a young author from the U.K. with a very interesting life outside writing. He’s been writing since he was five and has a book on the BBC series Dad’s Army under his belt.
I hope you enjoy this quick insight into his life as a writer.
Tell me a little about yourself.
I am a writer in my mid-twenties currently living in Cambridgeshire, UK. I have been writing ever since I was five. I have written for local newspapers, blogs, short stories that have been published online, series tie-in stories, novels, poems, lyrics. You name it, I’ve scribbled it!
Who are the literary heroes that inspire your writing?
Terrance Dicks, whose novelisations of Doctor Who stories in the 70’s and 80’s were so inspiring. In my adult years I would have to say Ian Fleming, Douglas Adams, Rob Grant and Doug Naylor have all had an influence on the style of writing I like to use.
Why did you decide to become an indie author?
I suppose I wanted to test the water and see if I had any success doing it alone as there are so many helpful companies and people out there who will aid you in getting your work off the screen and into a paper book. I also enjoy the freedom it gives me. I can write if I want, WHEN I want.
What were you before you were a writer?
I am currently working as an IT Assistant at the University of Cambridge and I also freelance as a Live Text Commentator for Eurosport and Goal.com to pay the bills. So you could say that I am always busy!
If you could give one piece of advice to new indie authors what would it be?
Never be ashamed to let people see your work Keep writing. That’s all you can do. Keep developing, never feel overly satisfied in your first piece of work. Look for ways to improve it. Reading the works that are in the same genre also helps.
What’s your number one cure for writer’s block?
I pick up my guitar, strum a few chords whilst singing, ‘I’ve got no words in my head!’ It works!
What is your greatest accomplishment to date?
I was asked to write a book on the BBC sitcom, Dad’s Army. It’s 140,000 words long!
Look out the closest window. What’s the first thing you see?
I see a dark and moody sky piercing through the tall lush trees in my garden.
Name one thing in your refrigerator that probably shouldn’t be there?
The ketchup…damn roommates!
What do you least like about writing?
The checking. I tend to type quickly before my brain goes dry and I forget my most recent ideas.
Finish this paragraph: “Helena shook the flashlight, hard. She ..”
turned around, staring into the bleak darkness behind her. The footsteps were getting nearer. The footsteps were almost on top of her, when suddenly the door creaked open…
A mysterious assassin wants out of his life as a cold and ruthless killer but must face one last assignment before he flicks the escape switch. Who is the Big Chief and will it be the end to the only link to the life he has lost?