“I’d been a writer for 22 years when I self-published my first ebook and, from the off, I just loved it. Not just because the books sold more than they had before but mainly for the way it restored to me something I’d lost by working within corporate structures.” The Woolf talks to Orna Ross, writer, poet, and founder and director of the Alliance of Independent Authors.
“Out came books about hallucinogenic plants, collected during my debauched youth. Dimly remembered information about neurotransmitters wended its way into the story, along with arcane laboratory details about paper chromatography. Easy. More or less.” The Woolf talks with Gabrielle Mathieu, novelist who lives in St. Gallen.
“I perceive something as a piece of art when it deeply intersects and influences the streaming forces shaping society.” The Woolf talks urban narratives and creative concepts with a designer, architect, producer and curator of content: Stefano Massa.
“I often find myself making suggestions on word-choice and smoothing sentences off a little, but large scale structure, characterization and narrative arc are not my areas. I’m the guy who polishes what Stephen King would call your little red wagon before you drive it home.” The Woolf talks to the pros of prose: editors.
“I read with a pencil in hand, to indicate excerpts that I will later use in a workshop. And to underline sentences that are so well written I want to read them over and over again, to taste them as it were and to learn from them.” The Woolf talks to Susan Tiberghien, founder of the Geneva Writers’ Group, and a quiet achiever who lives in Geneva.
“When I was a child my favourite pastime was to stick my head for hours in the old family’s album full of beautiful, old, black-and-white photographs—and wonder who were all those persons that I never got to know.” The Woolf interviews Monica Tarocco, a Zürich-based photographer and visual artist.
“I love talking to writers about their writing. I want to see how they write and what thoughts went behind the material I read. It gives you ideas for different approaches, and different eyes for your own manuscript.” The Woolf talks to Sarah Nickerson about her Zürich writers’ group.
“There’s something great about any book you can’t put down even if it doesn’t contain a single beautiful sentence.” Chris Pavone. The Woolf collates quotes from writers.
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” Nuggets of wisdom from Paulo Coelho and other writers.
“There are still two communities. The one side is classic composers who would never write film music, and on the other side there are film composers … which the classic composers think are cheap. But that’s wrong.” The Woolf talks to Ludwig Wicki, co-founder and conductor of the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra.
“I’ve come to realise there isn’t much of a distinction between the different versions of me. When I sit down at my laptop it’s the writer in me that comes out and that writer can take many forms.” The Woolf interviews Barbara Scott Emmett, a writer of the erotic, with many hats.
“I’ve read a lot about book publishing. I follow an author called Seth Godin and I realised that if as an unpublished author I go to a big publishing house, I have no track record. So if I can show some sales and a readership, I might be in a better position to get a deal.” The Woolf talks to Ann Soederblom about her new, independently published book – Coffee Cup Philosophy.