New to the ranks of fiction writers, R.E.Weber has taken his first step into the world of the written word by publishing ‘The Star Agency’ eBook – an Interstellar Secret Agent adventure, aimed at older children and young adults.
A passionate reader of many fiction genres, both for older and younger readers, he hopes to publish further science fiction novels in the coming years.
Currently lives in Bedfordshire, England with his wife and cat
What inspires you to write?
The world of Science Fiction is so rich and varied and begs you to venture into its world and write about what you see. It also begs you to imagine how an ordinary person might react if suddenly thrust into that world, because when all is said and done, however far-fetched your story might be, if you don’t believe how a person reacts to the extra ordinary, how can you believe how they will react to the ordinary.
Tell us about your writing process
I’m very much just a ‘dive in and get on with it kind of writer’. I believe that if you have a good enough idea and your characters are believable, the story will more or less tell itself. I don’t plan in great detail, instead preferring just to sketch an outline and then fill in the detail straight from my imagination. Sometimes the details stick, other times they don’t. But either way, that’s method that has served me best so far. I have utmost respect for authors who can plan their books in great detail, but I’m just not one of them. My mind doesn’t work that way.
How do you think writing for children and young adults is different from writing for an adult audience?
I don’t think it is that different. Yes of course you might have to censor some of the more graphic details of your story, and temper your usage of the more obscure words in the English language, but essentially you have to tell a good story about good characters and that is universal, whatever age group you write for. To me, it is more about the age group you are writing about, rather than the age group you are writing for.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If you mean, do I have imaginary conversations with my characters, then no, I do not. That being said, I always try and put myself in the mind set of my characters and imagine how they might react, what they might do and, more importantly, what they might say in any given situation. So you might say that, essentially, my characters ‘talk to me’.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
As soon as I discovered self-publishing, it just seemed like the best fit for me. Although I did try and publish via the traditional publishing route, i.e. hiring a literary agent to sell my work, I somehow always had the feeling that it would be self-publishing. Although I respect publishing agents, I did feel that the attitudes and practices employed were often too heavily routed in the past, or with promoting the next big thing. It is understandable from their point of view, but for somebody like me who writes from the passion of a genre he truly loves, science fiction, rather than concerning himself with what is popular, self-publishing was probably always going to be the best route. I know people might call it sour grapes because I didn’t get published in print, but it really isn’t. eBooks are big and getting bigger, so why would I need a publishing agent to find my way in to selling eBooks? That being said, of course I would love to hold a physical copy of my book, but for now, it’s eBooks only.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
In some ways it is kind of irrelevant what I think as an author. Readers will buy books in whatever format suits them and that will drive how publishing evolves. I will move with the times and embrace whatever happens, and if that means eBooks and self-publishing, then I’m happy with that. Personally speaking, I can’t imagine printed books ever disappearing or even becoming the equivalent of vinyl in music, and therefore book publishers and literary agents will probably never disappear. But they do have to adapt and I don’t think many are doing that. Self-publishing is only going to get bigger and bigger and if publishers are prepared to embrace that, then their futures are assured. The market place will drive what happens and authors & publishers will need to adapt.
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction for young adults
What formats are your books in?
Link To R.E.Weber Author Page On Amazon