1) Share about your background before getting into writing.
I do not recall a time before I was interested in reading and as a consequence writing my own stories followed soon after. I had a friend illustrate my first picture book I wrote when I was 8 years old.
It was a story about a bunyip (Australian animal from the Dreamtime) and his marsupial friends. The bunyip was named Billy and he found a tin can in the bush.
The one line I recall is when some of the animals suggest the can should be filled with water.
“Billy can carry it!” one says (a direct reference to the billy-can used by Australians camping in the bush to boil water over an open fire.
My writing has developed over the years through my life experiences and my change in interests. I must admit I cannot recall a time when I was not interested in sharing stories (both reading and writing).
2) What was your first poem selected for magazines?
My initial story which began a run of inclusions was titled Final Breath, included in the October 2020 edition of The World of Myth magazine. It was an attempt at writing a traditional horror piece which was published under the genre Thriller.
3) Do you think online writers receive more attention as compared to traditional writers? share your thoughts.
I believe that writers published traditionally have a greater support base which enables them to reach more audience. Online writers that are great at marketing themselves are able to get their name out there, opportunities such as this one you have offered me now certainly helps with promotion. Online authors are helped by others in a similar boat, writers supporting writers is a much needed movement, the way forward for online writers to create as large an interest and fan base as the more traditional ones.
4) What’s your favorite form of poetry writing? Share your favorite poem till now?
My favourite genre to read is fantasy and within many a traditional form of this genre the best writers always include an epic poem or two. Lately I have enjoyed writing what story it is that pops into my mind. It may be something someone said, a cover image of a book or DVD spotted at a library, a dream, there are many avenues for inspiration. As for a favourite poem and poet for that I must return to my childhood and the wonderful adventure of Mulga Bill and his Bicycle (http://www.middlemiss.org/lit/authors/patersonab/poetry/mulgab.html) by the great Australian bush poet Banjo Patterson. I remember having this poem read to the class I was in at primary school. It made me laugh then and it still makes me laugh now.
5) What does success mean to you? What is the definition of success?
I once read an interview transcript of a writer who was asked at a barbecue what he did for a job. When he answered that he was an author he was then asked what were the titles of his books. I think to me success will be when I am at a barbecue and I answer I am a writer everyone will know who I am and what I have written. For good stories or not I believe a known writer is a successful one.
6) Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
I am currently revising a fantasy parody that I initially wrote sixteen or so years ago. Now that I am more aware of publishing opportunities it feels like the right time to reveal this to the world. I also have a number of sites I wish to publish with that I am working on pieces that may be accepted. The joy of writing now is that there are so many opportunities to publish, not just the traditional big name companies. A story rejected somewhere can just as likely be accepted somewhere else. This gives me the drive to write and submit more.
7) What famous author do you wish would be your mentor?
I regret not meeting my most favourite author, Sir Terry Pratchett. Sadly he passed a few years ago now but I was in England during the time he was alive. Alas though I thought I had tried it was not hard enough to make that initial meet and greet happen. If I could have a hero for a mentor it would be Terry. On a positive note I have discovered a number of wonderful writer friends through Facebook groups and pages. I strongly believe that we mentor each other. A wonderful opportunity for writers to support writers.
8) Any tips for buddying writers?
Enjoy creating. You are the first to discover your new idea. Do not be precious about the words though. When others advise to chop here and add there sometimes they are right. Write about what you know or what you can find out about. Do not be afraid to ask yourself and your characters the golden question… What if?
Thank you Prachetan Potdar, it has been a pleasure,