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Author Interviews

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On this page, you will find author, writer and publisher interviews, presented in video format. The interviews are conducted with a variety of experts from the literary world, covering a wide variety of topics; from writing, to education, to publishing and more.

The videos are presented in a candid manner, using natural conversation to impart lots of tips and advice, based on the real-life experience of the interviewees.

Below each video is a brief description of the topics covered in the interview.

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Christopher Fielden, Interviewed by Sophie Lloyd-Owen from Victorina Press: Part 1

Victorina Press are an indipendent publisher based in the UK who follow the principles of bibliodiversity. They published my short story collection, Book of the Bloodless Volume 1: Alternative Afterlives.

Recently, VP started making videos of writers performing readings of their work. They also conduct author interviews to sit alongside the story performances. After releasing a video of me reading my story, 'Death of a Superhero', Sophie Lloyd-Owen and Jorge Vasquez from Victorina Press put this interview together.

It turned out to be so epic and crammed full of interesting chat that we had to present it in 2 parts. This is part 1.

In it, Sophie and I discuss writing, publishing, short stories, the appeal of different genres (particularly humerous fantasy), influential authors of the fantasy, horror and sci-fi genres, horror films, the importance of bibiodiversity, literary influences, large publishers vs small publishers, making mythical creatures real, childhood experiences shaping stories and how running a successful blog / website can help authors gain exposure for their fiction writing.

Total running time: 30 minutes


Christopher Fielden, Interviewed by Sophie Lloyd-Owen from Victorina Press: Part 2

This is the second half of me being interviewed by Sophie Lyoyd-Owen from Victorina Press. You can see the first half above.

In this video, we talk about writing craft, the importance of editing, short story collections,  themes, audio books, market research, fantasy, humour, characters, comedy and lots of other lovely stuff.

Total running time: 27 minutes


Steve Tuffin , Interviewed by Chris Fielden

A conversation with Steve Tuffin, Associate Lecturer with the Open University and Academic Instructor / Writer in Residence at New College, Swindon.

In this interview, we discuss Steve’s inspirational journey from being a builder and mental health aftercare worker, to being diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, to becoming a writer and creative writing tutor.

This video was recorded during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, so we go on to chat about how the situation has affected teachers, students, colleges and universities, and how they're adapting to cope.

We also talk about creative writing courses, the importance of understanding the craft of writing, Steve's student success stories, the benefits of writing (beyond becoming a publisher author), dealing with rejection, Shakespeare, spoken word events, short story competitions and more.

Additional questions were supplied by Annemarie Allan, Isabel Flynn, Klaus Gehling, Mary Fox and Paul Mastaglio.

You can find out more about Steve on his website and on Twitter.

The music in this video is taken from the song 'Doodlebug' by Little Villains.

Total running: 1 hour 3 minutes

Because this is quite a long interview, here are some extra details so you can skip to the bits that are of most interest to you should you wish to:

  • 0 to 12 mins: intro about Steve's background
  • 12 to 21 mins: discussing the craft of writing
  • 21 to 34 mins: questions from Chris about teaching and the impact of COVID-19 on education
  • 34 to 51 mins: questions from other writers about the art of teaching and more
  • 51 to 59 mins: discussing competitions and spoken word events
  • 59 to 63 mins: final pearls of wisdom

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Become An Interviewee

If you'd like to be considered as an interviewee, please contact me and provide the following details with your pitch:

  • A concise biography, explaining your area of expertise in the writing and publishing world
  • The topics we could discuss that might be of interest to my audience (primarily writers of various levels of capability - beginner through to expert)
  • Details of any interviews you have undertaken before

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