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April 6, 2015

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Until quite recently I couldn’t afford to buy new books. As I read fast it would be too expensive, so I have had to do with secondhand books or swaps. Because of that I’ve read some really bad stuff and after I’d been encouraged by some others to try writing I thought ‘why not, I’ve read a lot of dross that has been published, why can’t someone publish mine?’ Great idea! In the end I had to publish it myself.

Jojo Smith ebook cover

Books that start with ‘The Adventures of…’ always seemed to me like schoolboy comics and as my novel is a tongue-in-cheek romp I decided to use that title to help convey the idea.

This is the very first book that I wrote. There are five others that are finished, but unpublished.

I have never written with the intension of sending any message or great truth, but I have noticed that all my main characters go through changes and that seems to be a common thread in my work.

In only one of my novels have I tried to stick to the real world and that was because it is a straight novel. In a couple, although they are fantasy, the setting is in the real world and I hope that I have made the characters realistic.

My characters are figments of my imagination, but my main characters are based on the characteristics of people that I have known throughout my life. Ordinary people in general.

I wouldn’t change anything in my book, except to make it longer, but it is probably long enough as it is.

I don’t think that I have anything specific to say to readers (I don’t have any at the moment!) My novels are for entertainment, nothing else.

My favorite part of the book, apart from writing ‘the end’ is the beginning where I set the scene for the rest of it.

Romance is something I don’t think I will attempt. I can do lust, but that’s all.

I have just finished Joe Abercrombie’s Before They Are Hanged.


Yes. I don’t know how ‘new’ they are, but I’ve enjoyed their books. Since I’ve had a kindle I’ve read some great books by Scott Lynch (fantasy), Aric Davis (paranormal), Jonathan Pidduck (humor fantasy), Thomas Hoover (historical fiction), Joe Abercrombie (sword and sorcery) and Chis Gray, who wrote Shadlowland. Since I sent Chris an email about his Arthurian Legend novel we have kept in touch, as we found that we have shared life experiences.

My dream is to become a full time writer and live off it as a career, but it seems to be taking a long time. I started writing over twenty-five years ago!


Hopefully as an established writer with a following and entertaining people all over the world with my stories (fingers crossed)

Apart from my spelling and grammar? Yes, trying to my make the characters sound true to life from the point of view of the reader.

I have never hated anything that I have written. There was one book that I attempted and got about halfway through then abandoned because I was disappointed with my efforts, but that has only happened once.

There are many books that I wish I’d been the author of, but the most prominent is the Lord of the Rings. It was one of the first fantasy novels that I’d ever read and it just knocked my socks off. Since then I have read many books that I would consider just as good, but that one is always the first that springs to mind.

Since is my first venture into marketing my work I’m still learning as I go along and so I don’t have any tips to give anyone.

The next project is my second book. It is finished, but I’m revising and cleaning it up at the moment. It also needs a cover. It is a slow process, as life seems to keep getting in the way. I’m more interested in promoting my first and getting it noticed than thinking about the second.


You can find my book on Amazon Kindle:

There is also a paperback version on Createspace and through  An audio excerpt can be found on:



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