Complementing my daily blog interviews, today’s Author Spotlight, the eighty-eighth, is of novelist, non-fiction and short story author Trevor Snyman.
He is a professional person who writes mainly for pleasure, and, increasingly, for the e-book market. He has written for, and has been published in, magazines in the UK.
Apart from his family, Trevor’s other great passion is birds. He has spent a lifetime watching and conserving birds in his native South Africa, and he has written, and is presently reviewing and editing his memoir as a Birder.
Trevor’s inspiration to write comes from life experiences, and from what he sees around him. Whilst primarily a writer of non-fiction, he is expanding his repertoire into the realms of fiction with his first short story, which he will publish as an e-book through Smashwords.
He has a number of projects on the go, one of which is a collaborative effort with his family about a medical accident that happened to his eldest daughter to change her life.
And now from the author himself:
My first success in writing came when I was 14 years old, and wrote an essay for a school assignment, about Ed White’s space walk, the first time that a human had exited a space vehicle whilst out of the earth’s orbit. My essay received great acclaim, and was read to the entire school at an assembly.
Writing was a central part of my working career, firstly in the form of operating and quality manuals, then, as the head of training in my company, in the form of reams of training material for young learners, and an equal number of qualification standards and general articles for industry publications.
I combined my passions for birds, for writing and for teaching, in a 10-year period of regular lectures and field excursions for birders at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa.
I moved to the UK in 2008 with my family, and finally decided to find out if I could still produce an Ed White-type short story that was non-fictional and non-technical. I found that I could, and that I enjoyed it, and am now focussed of writing articles, books and short stories, mainly non-fiction, for publication. The growth of self-publishing has also convinced me to publish my work mainly as e-books.
I love teaching, and will without doubt also produce educational publications.
What a start to your writing career. 🙂 Thank you Trevor. You can find more about Trevor and his work via… trevors2.wordpress.com, http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Trevor, www.amazon.com/author/trevorsnyman, and http://ebookwriter.webnode.com.
The blog interviews will return as normal tomorrow with romantic suspense novelist Trish Jackson – the three hundred and eighty-second of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further. And I enjoy hearing from readers of my blog; do either leave a comment on the relevant interview (the interviewees love to hear from you too!) and / or email me.
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Unfortunately, as I post an interview a day (amongst other things) I can’t review books but I have a feature called ‘Short Story Saturdays’ where I review stories of up to 2,500 words. Alternatively if you have a short story or self-contained novel extract / short chapter (ideally up to 1000 words) that you’d like critiqued and don’t mind me reading it / talking about and critiquing it (I send you the transcription afterwards so you can use the comments or ignore them) 🙂 on my ‘Bailey’s Writing Tips’ podcast, then do email me. They are weekly episodes, usually released Monday mornings UK time, interweaving the recordings between the red pen sessions with the hints & tips episodes. I am now also looking for flash fiction (<1000 words) for Flash Fiction Fridays and poetry for Post-weekend Poetry.