Thank you for visiting my blog today. I’m Rebecca Scarberry (@Scarberryfields on Twitter) and Indie author of Messages from Henry and Rag Doll. I have interviewed another multi-published Indie author, Lee Gliddon (@Neon2k12 on Twitter). I’ve gotten to know this author fairly well over the last month. I often beta read for him and I enjoy it. Please read further and get to know him a little better as well.
Scarberryfields: Can you tell us a little about your nationality?
Lee Gliddon: Yes I am 100% pure welsh. Although there might be some Irish in my blood going back a few generations.
Scarberryfields: When you finish writing and editing a book, do you miss the characters?
Lee Gliddon: Sometimes the stories I tell are so emotionally draining, that it's better to leave the characters and move on.
Scarberryfields: While writing, if you need help with punctuation, grammar, etcetera, where do you turn?
Lee Gliddon: Jason Sinner from eprintedbooks.com is the guy to go to for all of that.
Scarberryfields: Has there ever been a time where you have lost your writing spark?
Lee Gliddon: Yes, for quite a while I lost the will to write. I never felt I was good enough and with no one being interested in my work, that creative spark just seemed to vanish. Until of course it was ignited again by one single moment. I was watching the singing talent competition "The Voice UK" when a guy by the name of Karl Michael came on the stage and started singing. His voice and performance moved me and inspired me so much, I felt I had to help him in any way I could. By coming up with a twitter hashtag and designing a few pictures to support him, my creative spark was back and I was ready to write again. Remember his name he deserves it all. Unbelievable talent and gent.
Scarberryfields: Do you read ebooks and write reviews for the ones you enjoyed?
Lee Gliddon: Yes I believe a review is everything to an author. It provides essential feedback for the author, which can be rewarding or disheartening. I believe it’s common courtesy to write reviews for the books you enjoyed.
Scarberryfields: Does writing benefit you in any way and if so, how?
Lee Gliddon: I love writing, whether it's poetry or a story. Regardless of the genre, I love to move people, as I love to be moved. A story that is not shared is a story that does not live.
Scarberryfields: When you’re writing, do you shut-off all social networks?
Lee Gliddon: If a story is flowing out of me, I don’t have a spare second to even look at a social networking site. But if the story isn't writing itself, then I can't resist tweeting.
Scarberryfields: Did you use any family members as beta readers for any of your works?
Lee Gliddon: No, but looking back, I wish I had. At the time I was too shy and personal about my writing. I guess I had the fear of being judged.
Scarberryfields: Do you feel social networking is a beneficial marketing tool?
Lee Gliddon: Yes. I think social networking is a fantastic way of marketing your work. I use twitter as my number one social networking source. I also have my bio and books on The Writers Room: http://www.thewritersroom.co.uk/page/lee-gliddon-writing-to-heal
Scarberryfields: What is the last book called that you completed and published?
Lee Gliddon: Writing To Heal. It’s a fictional short story.
Scarberryfields: Where can readers go to find your books?
Lee Gliddon: My ebooks are available on both amazon sites. I also have Poems and Writing to Heal on goodreads.
Scarberryfields: Thank you for answering my questions, Lee. I wish you the best and look forward to your next collection of poems.