IndieView with Ashley Borodin, author of The Jealous Flock

It’s not about writing to a genre or the lowest common denominator. Certainly not Literature. Both. I have to pretend to have influences for the sake of convention. Nope. I never learned to write properly,   so to give a clever answer to your question I would need to look up what you’re actually talking about instead of revealing my ignorance as I am doing here. Mood, environment, memory, it all plays a role. It’s important for writers to experience, to think. Though it’s lost to the mists of time as to when I actually started or finished. Perhaps watching a documentary about the Middle East or something pertinent to the scene I’m immersing myself in. But I prefer to get my wife to edit. Be interviewed, interrogated by your reader/s, and get that in place from the start. And then I start describing what’s going on. Anyone who likes Zombie books need not apply.
The decor is wonderful, but basically none of these people should be in a room together. Don’t. It makes your stories count. Which of course it can be, but hopefully you’ll aspire to do a little better than that. Chase scenes from films, atonal strings, bowed cymbals and stuff like that. And Anxious was one I used a lot whilst writing The Jealous Flock. 3 year olds do it. When you’ve carried these observations and ideas boiling within you your whole life, it’s very hard to say they had a beginning or an end. And sometimes I just improvise. I mean, well, I have to to get by, but I do it grudgingly and I’ve never enjoyed it. About Writing
Do you have a writing process? Do you outline? I also write just like a normal person at times. If you watch this conversation between a secular gay-married Jew and a Traditionalist Catholic bishop – then throw a drunk Bukowski in there saying ‘I’ll take on any o’ you girly-armed losers’ – that’s basically what my head looks like. It’s taken me awhile to get to this point, a great deal of disappointment, but I can now indulge in a thoroughly healthy pessimism about humankind free of ideology for the most part. You use whatever works at the time. Reading actively, voraciously has helped her break free from that stultifying background. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? Though I don’t tend to think of groups if I can help it. So that involves really getting into character, dimming the lights, imaging the scene. Speech-to-text is great for dialogue and furtive, impulsive scenes and detail. And I just try to respond to that confluence of stuff swirling about in my skull. Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? It was parched where the sun had eaten into it and cracked where the mortar should give one confidence it won’t fall down. I discovered ASMR recently and though it still seems pretty weird, I’ve found that someone brushing my hair and whispering in Korean helps me find that calm, entranced state. Her mother was convinced I was in fact the Devil incarnate at one point. By active, I mean she began to really think of her self-interest as a reader, as a thinker. That sort of arrogance from mainstream society, indeed ignorance, always gets on my goat. Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? So no, probably not. About the book
What is the book about? I’m trying my best to market The Jealous Flock and build my author platform so that someone, somewhere will take me seriously. The others are all aspects of me with various tweaks of background and circumstance that caused them to neglect their principles or generally turn out very different. But I’m also winging as I go. These were being studiously ignored or deliberately misrepresented by the mainstream of the time. Or very genuine. If there’s a wall, I simply tell the computer: “a wall stretched out before me, narrowing into the haze. I still struggle with it. I think it’s like music, like anything. The pain. Through their interwoven narratives each character tries to grapple with change as they question their authenticity and value as individuals amidst The Jealous Flock. When did you start writing the book? Do you have a target reader? I diverge from this belief. That’s all they seemed to be interested in. This place held no pretence of safety. But they are and they can’t get out, so they have to make it work. Each is faced with a paradox that will test their belief in themselves and their image of the tolerant, liberal society they believe they inhabit. I grew up a Fundamentalist Christian in a very poor, single parent family. About You
What would you like readers to know about you? The insights. That’s who I am and that’s more or less my entire worldview. Someone who leans in when you’re talking and asks pertinent questions. It provides the catalyst for me to delve deeper into what’s going on, what’s important and what’s taboo. I would say, probably not. And as you’d expect, I have a fairly unromanticised view of women as a group. Which is all thinking really means. Don’t look too closely is all I will say in answer to that. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? That’s not storytelling anymore than a car commercial is. How long did it take you to write it? Was it a particular event or a gradual process? I write down ideas and settings. About 4-5 years ago. That’s never happened to me. I couldn’t tell stories. That’s been my experience – they get most upset. And I just try to respond to that confluence of stuff swirling about in my skull. Ashley Borodin – 25 November 2017
The Back Flap
Forced from their collective comfort zone, all three members of Martin’s family come face to face with the realities that underpin their urbane way of life. Can’t afford it, so no. Get your copy of   The Jealous Flock from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I don’t read. Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? What came easily? Do you listen to music while you write? It has a lot of modern classical and unsettling ambient music in there. If you or anyone has a method that works every time and gets consistent results then I applaud you. If I could have that in Latin it would be pride of place in my writing den. She went out of her way to look for better authors and better books and inevitably found them. I was surrounded by women with a hatred of aboriginals, ibis and Islam. Approximately 1 year from beginning to final edit. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? An epic in miniature, The Jealous Flock takes readers from the cloistered air of Professional London through the harsh realities of the Middle East and on to the culture war simmering beneath the surface in Australia. End of Inteview:
For more, follow Ashley on Twitter or check out this website. Monkeys can and probably dolphins too. Above all to process their experience. I prefer to look down at my hands and away from the screen and just bash away till something intelligible comes out. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? Either through their predisposition or my own ineptitude at finding and relating to people who will act in my interest. A good portion was drawn from my direct experience so that was more a case of transcribing notebooks or expanding on observations and ideas. Mood, environment, memory, it all plays a role. Except when I do. I’ve based at least one character almost entirely on myself and an amalgam of my grandfather. It was a failure to connect with anyone decent in the industry. Did you hire a professional editor? Having a reader helps you to relate to the bees, or humans, if you haven’t got any bees. Imagining how happy, successful people go about their lives – that was nearly impossible. I tried a dozen or so, probably all the wrong ones and then just collapsed from exhaustion. I’m not against agents in principle. That will ensure you are telling stories rather than just writing. Although, I imagine this book appealing to professionals, politicians, students and anyone placed to effect change in themselves and the world. Although I believe bees can tell stories, so that kind of throws a spanner in my narrative there… but the point is to become a storyteller, not just a writer. Anyone can write. That was the easy part. 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) Again, sometimes. Not in a metaphorical sense mind you. If so can you please describe it? Just like I might pretend to acknowledge the existence of genre-fiction for the same reason. Where did you get the idea from? The Devil. I’ve watched active reading transform my wife in the last 3 years. So naturally I’m quite fond of all those things. I collect pictures and bookmark news stories. You use whatever works at the time. As I was forming these ideas, this narrative, into a book I was observing several distinct undercurrents in world events. El Diablo in the flesh. I like to use a variety of approaches. I also have my Foobar playlists tagged by Mood. I can honestly say I struggled with most of it. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? If you or anyone has a method that works every time and gets consistent results, then I applaud you. I have some semblance of an idea. From myself with many refinements coming from life, the news and other authors I met along the way. The Jealous Flock is about unique individuals dealing with the hypocrisy and trauma of the modern world. Or if that fails, make sure you are being read by an active reader – which is like an active listener. I use Scrivener and make endless lists and stacks of cards. She comes from a studiously ignorant family and I say that as a plain fact. I don’t have any illusions about people in general. I said earlier some authors influenced my writing – what I meant is that they influenced or refined my thinking but not my writing. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? Her vocabulary alone has easily doubled. Fail early, fail often and don’t tell the wife what it costs. What are you working on now? Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? I was looking for someone who actually cared about books, not a kind of hawker who just needed celebrities in the bag to make a quick buck. In actuality neither is the case. I’m also tinkering with two new projects – one is a coffee table book of my best poems and the other is a novel set around the 1930’s in Australia, and focusses on the life of a runaway farm-school orphan. And still are in many respects. The best I can say is the book occurred somewhere in the middle and the story continues in me, and in you every day of our lives. They didn’t seem terribly bright if I can be blunt. I could really use one now because all this publicity crap is doing my head in, but such is life. But though I come from similar stock, it’s made little difference to me one way or the other and my eyes are crap so it’s rarely worth the bother. On the other hand. So I certainly don’t feel malice towards anyone who can’t or doesn’t read. I was in danger and the wall itself was an imminent threat.”
That sort of thing. Unless you think I write like Desmond Morris, Alice Miller or John Fowles in The Aristos. We all know how important it is for writers to read.