IndieView with Paul McCracken, author of Layla’s Song

Do you have a marketing plan for the book or are you just winging it? Birdy – Find me and Keaton Simons – When I go. At first yes. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you? End of Interview:
Get your copy of   Layla’s Song from Amazon US or Amazon UK. I didn’t have the money to cover the cost of one. Was it a particular event or a gradual process? Build a following leading up to it and be relentless at promoting not just your book, but also yourself. I am a full-time factory worker and a family man who still uses every free minute chasing the dream of being a full-time writer. My greatest fears changed when I became a father, the fears were no longer about myself but rather my daughter. Paul McCracken – 6 May 2018
The Back Flap
Michael’s worst fears are realized when his criminal past catches up to him. What are you working on now? I believe that this book would gain interest from a wide range of people. Yes. I didn’t want to wait that long for this title to come out, I felt I could do a good job on my own so I went for it. Do you outline? I didn’t want to wait that long for this title to come out, I felt I could do a good job on my own so I went for it. I thought that it was a very relatable angle so I went with it. Professionally done by a personal friend who is an animator/graphic designer for a high-end firm in London. Michael’s journey will take him the whole way from Belfast to Dublin. What would you like readers to know about you? About the book
When did you start writing the book? Belfast, Northern Ireland
Where do you live now? Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know? Were there any parts of the book where you struggled? I trusted my own eyes a lot before handing it off to beta readers, family and friends to pick at it. In my opinion, it saves time this way. About Publishing
Did you submit your work to Agents? I’ve done all of this on my own, completely self taught and still bidding to be one of the best writers in the UK/Ireland in time. They must find a way of coming up with the ransom within five days. We all know how important it is for writers to read. I couldn’t resist however and I am now writing my own in my own style, already I can honestly say that it will be my best work. When I sat down and thought about what my next book would be about, I thought about what my greatest fear would be. The characters came very easily to me. Any advice that you would like to give to other newbies considering becoming Indie authors? 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) I submitted it to my own agent who represents me. I didn’t want to wait that long for this title to come out, I felt I could do a good job on my own so I went for it. With the help of his estranged brother, Carl. I have delved into a lot of different processes. I got the inspiration from becoming a father. If so can you please describe it? Always wait until I am finished as I feel it breaks the flow when you’re on a roll. If so, do you do so extensively or just chapter headings and a couple of sentences? How long did it take you to write it? I don’t specifically worry about that when writing. My first novel that went through my agent and publisher will have taken two years to come out this winter. About You
Where did you grow up? His daughter is kidnapped by his old gang, who are intent on getting back what Michael owes to them. From writing the first word to writing ‘The End’ took almost exactly a year. What came easily? Do your homework, know what’s going to be involved. With this book I wrote the first chapter and then I made side notes, almost like a small outline for what was to follow. I started writing the book in April 2017. With this book the two stand out songs were Sigma Ft. I struggled towards the end of the story because I had a lot of ends to tie up and I also pondered on what kind of ending did I want? Without a doubt, two that stand out are Richard Laymon and Dennis Lehane. If yes, what gets the fingers tapping? About Writing
Do you have a writing process? After consideration, I asked for permission to self-publish this title on my own. Do you listen to music while you write? Where did you get the idea from? My first novel that went through my agent and publisher will have taken two years to come out this winter. With this book, it was just small notes of key scenes to occur later in the story or a note to remind me of something in particular that I should return to touch on. What made you decide to go Indie, whether self-publishing or with an indie publisher? Yes. I’ve always tried to stray from detective led stories as I think they just become regurgitated over time, playing the same scenario/story over and over. After consideration, I asked for permission to self-publish this title on my own. I always try to find them two or three songs that act in my mind as the theme song of the story. I thought it would’ve taken a lot longer. Belfast, Northern Ireland. I write it how I want and how I feel it should be but I believe that the story and my writing style would engage a variety of readers. Plus, you always need to go back over numerous time again anyway. The first half of the story also came rushing out of me which I didn’t expect. Did you get your book cover professionally done or did you do it yourself? A murder/mystery set in the rural landscape of Northern Ireland. No. Particular event with my experience of my previous publishing contract. Do you edit as you go or wait until you’ve finished? There are some traits and qualities taken from real people I know as well as fictional characters from other books/movies. Did you hire a professional editor? Did I want the traditional happy ending, something bittersweet or something else entirely? My first novel that went through my agent and publisher will have taken two years to come out this winter. Do you have a target reader?