Meeting Jim Webster, author of Justice 4.1

In this week’s Thursday Throng author interview I have the pleasure of meeting, metaphorically of course, Jim Webster who knows an awful lot about the Tsarina sector, but as he say’s on his blog it’s awfully difficult to get photographs out of it.

The Jim Webster Interview

jim websterWhat is one thing that no-one would usually know about you?

My only written qualification gained since I was eighteen is from the local fire brigade, saying that I have passed the test to crawl out of a burning building.

What did the worst review you ever had say about you and your work?

In the nicest possible way, it pointed out that my first book suffered from a lot of typos and bad punctuation. The fact that the reviewer still gave me three stars encouraged me to pay a professional editor and to produce the book properly. An important lesson, hopefully well learned.

Are there any occupational hazards to being an author?

Yes, everything becomes potential raw material. Overheard conversations, half forgotten memories, tall tales told by friends, it’s all gist to the mill. Indeed I find myself listening to people talking loudly on the phone, desperate to remember what they’ve said so that I can use it later.

Have you ever wished that you could be or do anything else instead
of writing, and if so what?

Not really, I farm, I’m a freelance journalist, and I get to help out with a couple of charities I feel are really worth while. I’ve been very lucky, very blessed.

Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different genres
of books, both in the fiction and non-fiction worlds?

Yes, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Chick lit, are all looked down on. Some of it is snobbishness. If books are bought by a lot of people then obviously the writer is just pandering to the masses. Some of it is probably envy, if you’re making money you must have ‘sold out’, look a Jeffrey Archer. We’re also seeing a divide depending on how books are published. Some reviewers and bloggers will not touch indie books.

Have you ever written naked?

I live in an old farmhouse. It is uneconomic to fit central heating and in winter you dress well. So no, I’ve never even considered writing naked.

Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?

Yes. Write. Seriously writing isn’t some high art form, it’s a craft. Think of yourself as an artisan not an artist. The more you work, the better you’ll get at your work.

The other tip is that most people struggle to edit and proofread their own work, so give serious consideration to getting someone to edit for you; even if you have to pay them.

How do you remain sane while working?

The Jury is out on that one. People are divided as to whether I’m properly sane or not. But I’d suggest that not taking yourself too seriously is a good start.

What is the best excuse you have ever come up with for missing a
deadline?

Don’t miss deadlines, it is unprofessional and inexcusable. One thing I learned as a freelance journalist is that the right number of words delivered at the right time is worth infinitely more than the same weight of deathless prose delivered a fortnight late.

Are you jealous of other writers?

Not really. Some of them might irritate me if they get particularly pretentious, but because I know of the amount of work that goes into writing a book, I rarely feel jealous.

What was the most important thing you learned at school?

To read.

What is your favourite TV moment of all time?

The day I switched if off and walked away never to switch it back on again. It’s amazing the amount of time I suddenly acquired.

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justice 4.1Where can you find out more about Jim and his book

You can find Jim’s book in Kindle and paperback formats here:

You can also meet him online on his website: http://jandbvwebster.wordpress.com/. He can also be found on Twitter and Facebook too.

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Why ‘The Thursday Throng’?

These posts are called The Thursday Throng in honour of the throng that waits eagerly outside the book store when a new author is doing a book signing event or appearance. On this website it takes the form of a ‘Meet the Author‘ online event with some information about our author’s latest book and an interview. If you would like to take part in the Thursday Throng then why not visit Thursday Throng Author Interview Guidelines to find out more.

If you would like to see all the Authors who have been featured on The Thursday Throng you can click here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/2012/06/17/the-thursday-throng/

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