www.morpheustales.com Powers… A Morbid Taste for Bones, by Ellis Peters… Anno Dracula, by Kim Newman… Mythago Wood, by Robert Holdstock… The Weirdstone of Brisingamen, by Alan Garner… I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett… A Handful of Dust, by Evelyn Waugh… Pariah, by Dan Abnett… Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll… That Hideous Strength, by C S Lewis… The Iron Man, by Ted Hughes… Gallow’s Thief, by Bernard Cornwell… Dracula, by Bram Stoker… A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens…
Which do you prefer writing/reading, short stories or novels? Both. One is a change of pace from the other, whether reading or writing. To finish writing a novel gives a great sense of satisfaction, but so does completing a short story, because it gives you that important sense of closure that much quicker, and makes you feel like you’ve achieved something. At least, it does for me. What are you working on now? I always have about four or five projects on the go at once, at various different stages, although it the moment it’s more like ten! The ones I can tell you about are a new Gamebook Adventure for Tin Man Games and a new Pax Britannia story featuring the vigilante crime-fighter Spring-Heeled Jack.
Do you get writers block? How do you cope with it? No, I don’t. I’m afraid I share Michael Jecks’ opinion that it doesn’t exist. When you’re a jobbing writer there’s always another deadline to meet, another pitch to work up… You can’t afford to have writer’s block.
Do you have any advice for other writers? Read and write. It really is as simple as that. It sounds obvious, but it’s amazing how many people say they want to be a writer but always manage to put off the actual process of putting anything down on paper. And if you are writing, keep on reading. As Dan Abnett puts it, “If you don’t put words in, you don’t get words out.”
There are plenty of times when I don’t feel ‘in the mood’, but we’re always having to do things when we’re not ‘in the mood’ – like grocery shopping, or gardening! If I only wrote one novel every two years and made millions doing it, then maybe I could afford to let myself have a little writer’s block every now and then.
What scares you? Real life.
If you could meet anyone, fictional or real, dead or alive, who would it be? Wow! Another tricky one… I’ve been fortunate enough to meet all sorts of people over the years, and meeting fictional characters has never really appealed to me. To be honest, the idea of meeting people from the past excites me less than the thought of visiting the past myself.
What makes a good story? One in which you are emotionally invested in the characters involved. And dinosaurs. (You can’t go wrong with dinosaurs.) To find out more about Jonathan Green’s current projects, visit www.JonathanGreenAuthor.com
If I was able to meet anything from the past, it would have to be a T-Rex, although I expect the meeting would be painfully brief. 23
55 pages of genre non-fiction, including interviews with Warhammer and Doctor Who author Jonathan Green, Scream Queen Dai Green interviewed...