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The Shellies Interview


Tell us a little about yourself and your work.

From teaching law to writing about The Shellies, life has seen me venture down many wonderful tracks. An adventure which I have really enjoyed.

Where do you like to write?

The beach is the place where I develop my ideas upon returning home I take time out to jot my thoughts down. The next process involves my partner Marie reading the notes, adding or subtracting from them; then I will re-write. This process continues till we are satisfied with the story. Next the script is sent to Jennifer (the musician we work alongside and Joe. Suggestions exchanged and then the process is completed.

Is there anything you must have in order to write? For example, silence, whiskey, and a close shave.

The only essential I have to have is ‘an idea!’ other than that Joe’s artwork, The Shellies music and away I go.

What books have influenced you most, both as a person and as an author?

Mainly the works from my post-graduate research into law and education. Music especially The Beatles, Small Faces, Donovan had and still has a big influence on my life. Rather than limiting the places to find information or inspiration to books I sought it in songs, case law reports, films.

What is the one thing that has helped you develop most as an author?

Having a pragmatic approach and an open mind, along with the ability to count!

What do you want to achieve most from your writing?

Sharing the fun of The Shellies with other people.

Is there something specific you do to improve your writing?

Rewrite and then rewrite some more

What is the ideal relationship between editor and author?

A friendly one interspersed with humour

If you had a direct line to someone who loves your writing, what would you say?

Welcome aboard our adventures and join in the fun.

If you had a direct line to someone who hates your writing, what would you say?

Please be quiet.

If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?

Don’t worry about getting it right just write.

What does your writing future hold for you?

More of The Shellies adventures plus a return to writing books on the law

How have you set about the task of creating enticing cover art?

I am friends with Joe (an artist.) he creates The Shellies artwork and is a big part of our team

How often do you read? What genre?

Everyday, an eclectic mix.

Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, Ian. Best of luck in the future.

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