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What has changed in your life since we last spoke?
I’d love to say I’ve become an overnight success and my book sales are the envy of writers such as Dan Brown but it still hasn’t happened.
But on the other hand, I’ve written a book that is being published by a real publisher, and will be available as a paperback as well as an ebook.
Have you learnt any new wisdom?
I’m not sure. Perhaps old lessons have been driven home harder? Perhaps it’s that if you’re going to be a writer you have to write. Not just talk about it, but really sit down and write. Promotion is good, interacting with people in social media is good, but unless you’re writing you’re not a writer.
Have you become a better writer? If so, how?
Honestly I think I am a better writer than when I first appeared in this blog.
How? Simple really, I’ve done more writing and that writing has been edited. Then I’ve listened to my editor and I’ve done more writing again. Writing is a craft, a trade, the more you do it, the better you can get.
To really improve I think you need to work with a good editor, or really good beta-readers. These are people who aren’t afraid to keep your nose to the grindstone and to tell you the truth and point out the roads to improvement.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently writing the third SF book. The second is with the editor and the first is coming out soon. Obviously I’m also doing all sorts of less interesting stuff, the occasional blog post, articles on mastitis or genetics or suchlike that help pay the bills, but I don’t suppose you want to know about them.
Tell us about your latest release and how we can find out more.
Right, where to start? Well basically somebody told me that Safkhet were looking for writers. So I contacted them and they said they were interested in Science Fiction. So I wrote some science fiction and they’re publishing it. OK so it was a bit more complicated and longwinded but that sort of sums it up.
The book? Well it’s called ‘Justice 4.1’ (The Tsarina Sector.) To quote the blurb,
“When a journalist is shot down in a backward area of Tsarina, Haldar Drom of the Governor's Investigation Office is sent to investigate. He uncovers a hidden medical facility dedicated to the production of Abate, a drug used for population control, as well as evidence of the implantation of pre-created embryos in women brought to Tsarina for the purpose. He also discovers a deeper plot with far reaching political ramifications. A senior member of the Governors family, Doran Stilan is running a personal feud with the major pirate/Starmancer Wayland Strang. Indeed he begins to suspect that Stilan may even be angling to take Stang's place.
The medical facility is destroyed after it is attacked by mercenaries hired by Strang, and Drom has to travel off world to untangle the treads of the conspiracy.
Arriving back on Tsarina, he has to deal with a failed Starmancer attack, punish the guilty and arrange for Doran Stilan to get what's coming without undermining the position of the Governor. To do this, he'll need skill, know-how and a whole lot of luck to ensure that the guilty face justice.”
So there you have it, SF and a detective story. What more could one ask for?
To find out more about either the book or about me
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TsarinaSector
Goodreads author page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/22998.Jim_Webster
Safkhet publishing: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/fjpwebster
Books by Jim Webster on Amazon:
Also available from Waterstones: http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesweb/products/jim+webster/justice+4-1/10052927/