An Interview with D.M. Cain author of The Phoenix Project

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The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project

D.M.Cain author of The Phoenix Project

Q.Who are your greatest support – who believes in you?

A.My husband, Matthew, and my best friends Mathew and Irina. They have sat patiently and listened throughout all of the anxiety, the excitement, the paranoia and the ecstasy of being a writer.

Q.Where do you write from? e.g. Kitchen table? Study? Bedroom?
Garden shed?

A. I tend to write in my dining room late at night with a glass of wine, some inspirational music and my trusty old laptop. I usually write on a Friday and Saturday evening as I work full time in my job as a school teacher.

Q.What motivates you to write?

A. Sheer passion for storytelling and a love for my characters. I feel very close to my characters and get personally involved in their journeys, so I look forward to visiting them in my fantasy world! I am always more motivated to write if I am listening to some beautiful and stirring music.

Q.What are the biggest distractions to your writing time?

A.Definitely twitter! I am a bit twitter-obsessed and am constantly checking my notifications. If I am in a serious writing mood, I have to put my iPad aside to stop myself checking it every three seconds!

Q.What part of the world do you live in?

A. I live with my wonderful husband and our beautiful (though slightly mischievous) three year old son in Leicestershire in the United Kingdom. The town I live in is a quaint, suburban village surrounded by fields and hedges.

Q.Are you from there originally?

A: Yes, I was born in Leicestershire, then moved away to Japan for two years to teach English as a foreign language. I moved back around 6 years ago.

Q.Have you ever suffered from writers’ block?

A. I hope I don’t ruffle any feathers with this response, but I don’t really believe in writer’s block. I sometimes struggle to concentrate, or I have difficulty approaching a certain scene or character. But I find that usually is a problem with my state of mind, and if I force myself to sit down and just write, I can always overcome it.

Q.How do you overcome it?

A. I just start writing and even if the first 1000 words is absolute rubbish, I get into the swing of it and the ideas begin to flow.

Q.Is self-publishing satisfying enough for you or would you prefer to be traditionally published?

A. I was always told that you could never get anywhere as a writer without having a traditional publisher – or at least an agent – but I have been very pleased with the process of self-publishing. I think that marketing takes a lot of hard work when you are self published but I quite enjoy the freedom of doing things to my own schedule instead of having to meet somebody else’s deadlines.

Q.What would you expect an agent could do for you that you
can’t do for yourself?

A. I think agents probably have a great deal of authority and sway in the publishing world. Big retailers and publishers are more likely to acknowledge your presence if you are backed by a well respected agent.

Q.Do you think you can make a full-time career being an Indie

A. Hopefully one day, but I feel that is quite a long way off for me. As I work full time in a demanding job, I don’t have as much time as I would like for writing, so releasing books will be a slow process for me.

Q.How long have you been writing?

A. I’ve been writing on and off for around fifteen years. I started writing ideas and random chapters of stories in my late teenage years, never settling on one plot. When I was around 19 years old I finally focused on my favourite idea – that of a dark, brutal prison where inmates were forced to fight to the death. This became ‘The Phoenix Project‘ and I plotted out the story and wrote the most exciting chapters! But I didn’t begin writing in earnest until around 6 years ago when I met Matthew (who would later become my husband.) He was a writer too and he inspired me to pick ‘The Phoenix Project’ back up again. I finished it within a few years and then turned to my next project, ‘A Chronicle of Chaos.’
Q.What drew you to want to write a book?

A. I love characterization and following a character through a journey and watching how they change from their experiences. I don’t like to read short stories or poems as much as novels because I find that familiarity harder to get with shorter literary forms. For me, novels have always been the way to go.

Q.From where did you get the idea for this current story?

A. The plot of The Phoenix Project came from a mixture of my love for Roman history (in particular the gladiators), and my interest in dystopian fiction and films. At university I became engrossed in books such as 1984 and A Clockwork Orange and I feel that the atmosphere in these books was a great inspiration for the tone of my novel.
Q.How did you go about developing it?

A. I actually did a lot of travelling whilst I was writing this book and the various places I visited added a lot of depth and extra detail to the book. For example, on a long inter-railing trip across Europe I visited Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp which gave me lots of ways to make the prison more inhumane and horrifying.

Q.What is your next project?

A. I am currently in the editing process on my next novel ‘A Chronicle of Chaos’ which is set in a huge fantasy world. I have also just begun writing the next in the same series, ‘The Shield of Soren.’

Thank you very much D.M. Cain to find The Phoenix Project on Amazon click HERE




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