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Into the Mind of an Author: Tim Lebbon

New release this month, chock full o'zombies. Read Coldbrook!
New release this month, chock full o'zombies. Read Coldbrook!
"Photo courtesy of Tom Greene, used with permission”

Tell us a little bit about yourself, anything you’d like your readers to know: I've written ever since I could pick up a pen. I've always loved destroying the world. I also love real ale and Indian cuisine. I'm an Ironman. Hair never suited me.

What made you do decide to become an author? It's something I always wanted to do, I've always enjoyed writing and did it for pleasure all through my teens. It was only in my early twenties that I started thinking about actually trying to get published, and in my late 20s my first novel Mesmer hit the shelves. I've never really looked back.

Who are your favorite authors, and how have they influenced your writing?
Willard Price when I was in single digits, Stephen King in my teens (and still very much now), and Arthur Machen. I think any writer is influenced by hundreds of other writers, to a greater or lesser extent, although as time goes by your strive to find your own voice and the idea of strong influences tend to fade a little, but they're always there.

Where can we find you online? My website is http://www.timlebbon.net

My ebook publishing is at http://www.timelebbon.net/dreaming-in-fire

I'm on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/timlebbon and Twitter http://www.twitter.com/timlebbon

Tell us about your book: Coldbrook is a big scale apocalyptic zombie novel with a strong science fictional element, a love story, a road-movie type aspect, and lots more. It's perhaps the largest scale novel I've ever written, and I think it might well be the novel with the highest body count. Ever. I'm done destroying the world, in this book I'm destroying worlds.

Everyone has their idiosyncrasies, what’s yours? I think it's difficult to spot your own! I'm not sure... I'm quite obsessed with being on time, so when we're going out somewhere as a family I'm pretty on edge until we're out the door and on our way. And, of course, we're usually late.

What’s your favorite book turned movie and why? The Road. It's not cheerful viewing or reading, but I think the movie succeeded in being as powerful, shattering, and emotionally challenging as the book, and both are staggering achievements.

What’s your favorite genre to read? I guess I'd have to say horror, although I do read very widely, both fiction and non-fiction. The last three books I've read are Cemetery Girl by Christopher Golden and Charlene Harris, Horror in the East by Laurence Rees, and The Martian by Andy Weir.

Which do you do more, read or write, and why? I spend more time working than reading. So you could say I spend more time writing, although not all the time spent at my desk is actually creating. Lots of time is spent emailing, editing, and doing interviews! I also have a very busy family life, and I do lots of swimming, cycling and running (I'm a keen triathlete), so my reading time is hence quite condensed.

What is your writing process like, and what’s your favorite part of it? I love every part of it, even those parts that feel difficult and problematic at time. The blank page scares me, but it's a thrilling scare, wondering what the story I'm going to tell will turn out like. My writing time is built around my family, so I generally work between school hours, 9 til 4. However, I frequently do other work-related stuff during the evenings. Writing's a job ... and yet it isn't. I'm lucky enough to make my living doing my hobby.