Ask The Author: Adam Eccles
What would you like readers to know about you?
I’m a techie nerd, have been my whole life. Computers and gadgets just hold an intrigue and fascination for me. Despite the various digressions in my career through hotels and restaurants, cafe’s and printing press work – I’ve always somehow fallen back into tech. I’m now a senior project manager in a global computer company – which was a major inspiration for my debut novel.
What is Time, For a Change about for those who haven’t read it?
This was an idea that lingered in my head for a long time, a very loose semi-autobiographical account of a project manager in a large IT company in Ireland who finds a mysterious wooden box in his late Father’s workshop. It takes him on some journeys into the past, that hopefully help him with his future. Then there’s a girl, of course, who helps him along his journey. Something he desperately needed. It’s mostly set in rural Ireland, with a fun packed trip to America along the way. If you like a laugh or you ever worked in an office environment, this is for you.
What has been your inspiration for writing Time, For a Change?
In short, my Father. He passed away about five years ago and this is my tribute to him. It’s subtle, but I wrote it for him. I only wish he could have read it.
That and the niggling inside me as far back as I can remember to write. I vividly remember being 7-8 years old and after the first time I read Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams) I told my parents I wanted to write a book like Hitch Hikers. It took me a few failed starts and about 28 years to get it done, but I got there in the end!
The Amazon Kindle store and self publishing – as well as the kind and motivational words of a fellow author triggered me to sit down and finally DO IT!
What was your favorite scene or part of Time, For a Change to write?
Silly thing – but there’s a scene in a sushi restaurant in Columbus, Ohio where the protagonist (Terry Ward) has his first date with the girl (Rachel Brooks). ‘It was the noodles!’ 🙂
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
The list is long, but as I already mentioned, Douglas Adams has been a life long motivation. More recently, I stumbled upon an author – Keith A Pearson – through Amazon’s algorithm on my kindle. I read one book, loved it, then quickly devoured the rest. We struck up a rapport on Twitter and have been in touch ever since. He pushed me to just sit down and write, as I mentioned I had always had an interest. He helped me through bouts of writers block and pushed me to be a better writer. I’m glad to have found such a talented writer and also such a nice guy. It sounds cheesy – but I’m sure that without his motivation and guidance, I would not have two published books right now, with plans for book 3, 4 and 5 in the works!
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
If you have a story in you – and honestly, who doesn’t? Sit down and write it. You don’t need elaborate technology, any computer will do. You don’t need a cabin in the woods or a beach hut on an endless sandy beach, or a dark gothic castle. You just need a quiet room, some thoughts in your head and the dedication to SIT DOWN AND WRITE – EVERY DAY. Just do it – 500 words a day, eventually you will have a 100k word book in front of you and a massive feeling of accomplishment. Pressing that ‘publish’ button is scary. There’s a huge feeling of doubt.. Will anyone read it? If they do, will they like it? You’ll have bad reviews from arrogant people who think they know better – but unless they are Stephen King or JK Rowling – you can mostly ignore them. Best thing I ever did was get early beta reader feedback to guide me. Twitter has a vast community of helpful, friendly and vastly amusing writers. Join them, engage, make good friends and help others who you can. You will find many folks able and willing to give advice and help. Jump in, the water is lovely!
Don’t get too bogged down in the details. Just write your story – you can polish it later.
You can find my website at https://www.adamecclesbooks.com
I currently have two published novels:
Time, For a Change http://getbook.at/TFAC
The Twin Flame Game http://getbook.at/TTFG
and I’m currently working on book 3 – Significant Other Machine. Hopefully releasing summer 2019
my author page on Amazon.
and, do please say hello on Twitter. I’m the sarcastic, cynical project manger, posting daily rants and humorous observations!