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Author Interview: Kyt Wright

Updated: Oct 20, 2019

What inspired you to become a writer?

My English teacher, who put a science fiction slant into a lot of the curriculum and was happy to read the long rambling essays I would thrust upon him.

What's your favourite book of all time?

That's a hard one as there are so many amazing science fiction stories out there, I would say probably HG Wells, The War of the Worlds, a true classic.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

If you have a story to tell, tell it, write what you feel without fear of what people will say. Let the story flow from you and don't worry about writer's block, we all get it, just do something else and inspiration will find you. Also it's, important to read, re-read and never be afraid to edit.

What is the most frustrating thing about being an author?

Constantly rewriting because you worry that when the story inside you, your writing-baby, is finally born, it won't be any good.

What's your favourite movie?

Another difficult question, I love the old science fiction films and have a special fondness for The Forbidden Planet.

What's better, dogs or cats?

Dogs, without question. I do like cats and have been owned by several, but Fido becomes part of your family in the way that Tibbles doesn't.

If money was no object, how would you spend your life?

Travelling and I would certainly buy a ticket for a sub-orbital flight if and when they become available.

Do you draw from personal experiences when you write?

Yes of course, I think every author must subconsciously do it to some extent.

What is more important? Strong characters or a strong storyline?

Both are important but, importantly, a good plot can carry a story along even if the characters are one dimensional.

What advice would you give to first time writers when submitting their work to publishers or literary agents?

Don't ever give up, I can't count the amount of rejections (and annoying vanity publishers masquerading as the real thing) that I received while waiting to be published. Patience is definitely a virtue too, my novel was in limbo for two and a half years before being published. Perhaps it's wise not as patient as me though, I conceived the plot of my first novel when I was seventeen but then I did stuff, apprenticeship, marriage, kids et al, then forty-three years later I had an epiphany and actually got around to writing the thing!

For more information on Kyt Wright or to buy a copy of his latest book Sirkkusaga click here.


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