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Interview Yourself #2: Genres and Stuff

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, starting with these from Lawrence Wray.

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 draws you to the genres you use?

I’m a little different to most because I don’t stick to individual genres. I write what I like to read, and I read everything. In fact, I usually write without even thinking about the genre and then worry about classifying it when it comes to marketing.


Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?

I guess that would be Darran Jersey from Come On Up to the House. At seventeen, he’s pretty young, so it’d have to be a young actor. I guess I’d go for someone like Joe Dempsie, who can play a young character without making it unbelievable.


How much research do you do?

It depends on the book – that said, pretty much everything is research. I picked up a lot of stuff for my crime novel from watching cop shows and documentaries on Netflix. But for Meat, an upcoming project, I’m carrying out a LOT of research. I’ll be interviewing subject matter specialists, reading as many relevant books as I can get my hands on and the like.


Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?

No novels, but I’m currently editing an anthology project called Subject Verb Object. It brings together 21 different authors from both sides of the Atlantic to write pieces based on prompts from the other authors.


Why did you do decide to collaborate and did that affect your sales?

It’s too early to know whether it’ll affect sales, but I suspect it will. But indie authors don’t tend to sell many books anyway, so 3-5 extra sales per month would make a noticeable difference. But that’s not why I decided to collaborate – I just wanted to provide a platform to help my author friends get their work in front of more readers. And also, I wanted to read something that they wrote specifically for a project that I was spearheading – selfish much?



When did you decide to become a writer?

I guess I started to take it seriously when I was fifteen or so. It’s hard to tell because I’ve been writing in some form or another for as long as I can remember.


Why do you write?

I’m compelled to. I feel uncomfortable when I’m not able to. I guess it’s my OCD nature kicking in.


What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

It’s too long ago to remember. Sorry!


Do you write full-time or part-time?

At the moment, I have a full-time job during the week and then I write like a fiend on the evenings and at the weekend. Over time, I’m hoping to slowly move towards writing full-time, supplementing my income with a mixture of book sales and freelance work.


Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?

I write as often as possible, so typically from 6:30 AM – 1 AM during the week and maybe 11 AM – 2 AM over the weekend, assuming I’m not out and about. I write using a very specific routine called ‘The Schedule‘, which I recently blogged about.


Dane Cobain - Come On Up to the House


So there we have it – that’s the first installment 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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