Adam J. Watts is a child of the eighties and currently lives in his hometown of Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. He has an aspiration to travel one day, but for the time being, there's no place like home!
Just like his current fictional protagonist, Adam's journey towards writing was a winding one. With two University degrees and a background in design / teaching, the creator of the Samuel Beasley story has certainly kept himself busy.
In what spare time comes his way Adam enjoys acting, sports, going to the cinema and reading the work of other authors. He is also nurturing the notion of world domination, but this may have to wait as the weather forecast for tomorrow looks a little dubious!
My interview with author Adam J. Watts
What inspired you to write your first book?
For as long as I can remember, the power and appeal of the written word has been of great interest to me. During my formative years I was fortunate to have an enthusiastic English teacher and this - coupled with a vivid imagination - resulted in the work you (hopefully) read today.
Taking the next step came simply because I believed it to be time to 'test the water' and see if others enjoyed my ideas as much as I do!
Where do you get the information and ideas for your books?
Play fair. That's two questions in one!
Okay, with regard to information: there is no substitute for research. I try to be as thorough as possible when it comes to merging fiction with fact and utilise a variety of techniques / mediums. My predominant sources include factual books and journals, the Internet and filmed documentaries.
My ideas are a completely different kettle of fish... Some come to me quickly, others need to be nurtured and teased out of their hiding place like a timid, but potent creature.
All I know, is that it pays to have a pen and paper handy (or a 'notepad' app on your phone) no matter where you are!
Who is your favourite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Favourite author is a tough one, as I try not to narrow down my options in that way. I genuinely believe that the next book I read could be the best. At least that way I keep an open mind and don't shun the work of a potentially great (if all-be-it undiscovered) author, in favour of a tried and tested formula.
It would be wrong to single anyone out, but there are some professional writers out there that appear - in my humble opinion - to have lost sight of what is important. There may be many reasons to write, but money shouldn't be one of them. An author driven by profit margins, cannot realise their true potential. Their creative vision is ultimately blinkered by the pound signs in their eyes and the more story-tellers I see selling their soul, the sadder I feel about the book market of today...
Consider this a rallying speech to all those beautiful readers out there. Don't buy blindly. Bring back the days when we bought books because the back cover 'blurb' beckoned to us. Look beyond the name and play the game. Check out the first few pages and allow yourself to be lured further in.
Give us an insight into your main character, Seb. What does he do that is so special?
It's funny that you should ask that, because anything and everything Seb does comes naturally. He doesn't see himself as special. In fact, quite the opposite... Everyone he has known and cared about has been caught in the crossfire of his conflicts.
A highly-valued commodity, hunted by those who wish to harvest his abilities, Seb is a human being robbed of the ability to feel emotion. He is a man on a mission...
Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?
I'm currently pushing as hard as I can with Book Two: Moral Dilemma. It is my (literary) priority to complete the trilogy and I will do so, as quickly as time and other unavoidable commitments permit.
To give my readers a brief idea of what to expect, the second instalment considers the political scene during both the sixties and the eighties. Seb see himself venturing down a particular path, driven by what he believes to be correct.
Along the way he encounters a few familiar faces and is presented with a series of choices that will undoubtedly shape the course of history.
The world was told a story about that fateful afternoon in Texas, but who was really calling the shots?
Two crusaders, twenty years apart. One common denominator.
"Welcome to Compass gentlemen... A true bearing for us all."
I'd like to thank Adam for the time to answer my questions and I look forward to reading more of Samuel Beasley's adventures.
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