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Interview Yourself #17: Vanity searches and the artistic process

Hi, folks! Today, I’m continuing with a new, unique series of posts. In the coming weeks, I’m going to be interviewing myself using pre-written questions from other blog sites, like these ones via BookFox.

It’s going to be a lot of fun, and a great way for me to reveal a little bit more about myself, my writing and my habits. Are you ready? Good – let’s get started.


Dane Cobain


What was your hardest scene to write?

The final scene in No Rest for the Wicked, I guess. I had to rewrite the ending a bunch of times to make sure that I got it right, but I was pretty happy with the end result.


Do you Google yourself?

Sometimes, when I’m looking for something to send a link somewhere. I don’t need to do it for reputation management because I have Google Alerts set up in my name, so I get an email every time a new piece goes online.


What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Time. That’s just how it works.


What are your favorite literary journals?

I don’t read many of them on a regular basis – although I tend to dip in and out of a bunch of different ones – but I’d recommend Streetcake and Lunar magazines.


What is your favorite childhood book?

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman – it’s also my favourite book in general. It’s the book that got me seriously into reading in the first place.


Dane Cobain
Dane Cobain


What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?

I guess it’s the editing process – it’s not necessarily difficult, but it is very time consuming. And time is at a premium when you’re an author.


Does your family support your career as a writer?

As much as they can – they tend to buy and read my books when they come out.


If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?

I guess I’d just spend more time reading and writing and less time messing around and playing computer games.


How long on average does it take you to write a book?

That’s a very difficult one to answer. But at the moment, I’m cranking a first draft out every three months or so.


Do you believe in writer’s block?

I guess, although it’s never happened to me. Everyone’s experience of writing is different, and so I’m not going to say that it either exists or it doesn’t based solely on my own experience.


Dane Cobain - Come On Up to the House
Dane Cobain – Come On Up to the House


So there we have it – that’s the latest instalment of Interview Yourself over and done with! Thanks, as always, for reading, and be sure to keep your browser pointed to You can also sign up to my mailing list, follow me on Facebook and Twitter or check out my books for further info. I’ll see you soon!

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