IndieView with William Bishop, author of The Love Looks not with the Eyes but with the Mind
When did you start writing the book? The book isn’t a work of fiction so there aren’t really any characters as such. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Did you hire a professional editor? Freud, Faulkner and Leonard Cohen. Do you listen to music while you write? The readership I had in mind was quite broad, anyone interested in the Renaissance, philosophy or psychology. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I don’t have any particular writing process, I’ll write when I feel like writing. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? The idea came from reading a few authors who write in different disciplines, English literature, psychology and 17th century alchemy but who were all focusing on the same ideas and I wanted to bring that out in the one text. When I started writing I was trying to re-create their style – their use of language and subject matter but later I realized it’s enough to write with an author in mind rather than like another author. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I wait until I have finished writing, otherwise the train of thought is interrupted. Do you outline? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? I don’t because I find it easier to concentrate without. How long did it take you to write it? I plan to market the book on the internet, and on radio. I started writing the book about four years ago. I do the editing myself. I wrote for about a year and then stopped working on that particular piece of writing to focus on other less creative pursuits, and then came back to the book last year, so two years. Do you have a target reader? Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? I did the cover myself. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? No. I looked at the different options for publication and gradually realized that it would be easier for me to self-publish. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? End of Interview:
Get your copy from Waterstones. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? Freud, Faulkner and Leonard Cohen. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? Don’t be discouraged by anything anyone else tells you. What came easily? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? The book is about the creative process in general – how works of art and literature are expressions of an artistic process, which is in turn a way of coming to terms with individuality. When I started writing I was trying to re-create their style – their use of language and subject matter …
William Bishop – 21 September 2019
About the book
What is the book about? Writing comes quite easily to me so I didn’t find any part of the book more difficult to write than any other. We all know how important it is for writers to read. If so can you please describe it? I don’t outline, the book as a whole came as one idea. The initial idea came to me quite easily. Where did you get the idea from? If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences?