Name: (can use pen name) Gary J McCleary
What are the books you have written?: Raised as an Angel, An Angel in the Making, Millennium’s End and A Time for Susan.
What is your preferred genre?: Science fiction
Where is your favourite place to write?: At my computer in my study.
What is your favourite writing reference, tool etc.?: Internet.
Do you need peace and quiet or noise and chaos when you write?: Peace and quiet
What is something unique about your writing?: There is an old saying. No tears for the author – no tears for the reader. I try to inject real feeling and emotion into my characters so that the reader can identify with what they are going through.
Do you think rejection is just a part of writing that writers have to accept?: I think it is unfair that many good works and writers get rejected just because there is so much competition. Even great works like Jonathan Livingston Seagull got rejected initially.
Does anyone help you with your writing process?: No. I prefer to write my own stories.
What is your best advice to new writers?: Have a story that you believe in that you feel tells an important truth. Then work out some interesting and varied characters through whose eyes the story develops. There has to be a good plot and some narrative but the reader always responds best when the characters start interacting.
What can’t you live without?: Good health is everything!
Who is your favourite author?: Wilbur Smith. Also Robert Heinlein and Philip Jose Farmer.
What do you do as a hobby or pastime other than writing?: Research into mainstream and paranormal science.
In one word describe yourself: Teacher