Interview With Author Fred Felton
Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Durban, South Africa. My education took me around South Africa and I also studied for a Diploma in Drama. My interest in writing started at an early age and I loved reading comics and then the books of Stephen King.
I have written over 5 books and edited one book.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is titled ‘Nightmare Destinations’ and it was inspired by the writings of Stephen King and the writings of many short story writers. It features 6 short stories that are a collection of mystery, horror, crime and even science fiction. Each story was inspired by moments in my life and I have shaped these stories into interesting pieces for readers.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I sometimes keep a pen and paper near my bed as I might be inspired at any time of the day or night. So I might go running to the pen and paper to jot down my latest idea for my next book or story.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Stephen King, W.Somerset Maugham and the writings of Shakespeare have influenced me greatly.
Books that have influenced me include ‘The Stand’ ‘It’ and ‘The Dark Tower Series’ by Stephen King.
What are you working on now?
At present I am working on a new collection of short stories which should be out next year sometime.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have learnt a great deal from the Awesome Gang site and I must also commend the Kindlepreneur website which is filled with useful tools to promote books. Social Media is also a powerful tool for writers so I use sites like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram a great deal to market my books.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Many authors approach me all the time saying they want to write a book. My only advice is to start it. Talking about it will not get the book done. You have to write it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Stephen King advises writers to read a lot and to write a lot. I have to say that is some of the best advice I have heard.
What are you reading now?
At present I am reading Stephen King’s book ‘The Bazaar of Bad Dreams’.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Up next for me is to help promote my new book ‘Nightmare Destinations’ and I am also developing a series which should hopefully be going into production soon.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
I would take the following books with:
1. The Stand by Stephen King
2. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
3. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
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