Today I’m excited to host Adam Gary, author of “Southwest on the A303”, on my blog. Thanks for agreeing to the interview!
Leigh: Tell us a little about yourself.
Thanks for having me! Well, I’m Adam. I live just outside of London, England now – and loving a quieter life! I’m twenty-five with a passion of Storytelling in many forms. I’m a trained actor that has recently discovered the path of writing and embracing it fully! I have a little West highland terrier named Daisy and my favourite colour is black. Not because I’m gothic or anything like that, I just find it incredibly soothing. I see it more of a blank canvas than white. I also think it’s very smart looking. Haha, I always feel awkward talking about myself, I’m sorry.
Leigh: What were some of your literary influences growing up? What book had the most influence for you in childhood?
Funnily enough I wasn’t an avid reader growing up. Now that I think about it, I’m pretty sure I only ever read the Harry Potter books growing up. I was very much into films back then, and creating stories with all the figures and toys I had acquired over the years. Storytelling has always fascinated me, but it took me a while to understand the joys a book can bring, and now I’m hooked.
At the moment I’m constantly reading through Jack Kerouac’s work. Bukowski, Shakespeare, and Tolkien. I’m also influenced by the songs of Ed Sheeran, Tom Waits, Keith Richards, Peter Green and David Bowie.
Leigh: How has publishing this book changed your writing process?
I guess I’ve learnt to be particular about things. To continue to work through things no matter the struggle at the time. I don’t like to put too many restrictions or rules on things when I’m creating, but it’s always wise to check in every once in awhile from an outsider’s perspective.
Leigh: Did you draw from any personal experiences in writing this book? Where did the idea for it come from?
Actually yes. Uncle Bill is heavily influenced by my own Uncle. In fact that aspect of the story is practically biographical. Alex is also a massive reflection of myself, although his side of the story is completely fictional. I was feeling incredibly bored, life had plateaued out and I wanted to find a way of expressing that. I’d also recently come back from visiting my uncle in Par and had wanted to do something as a tribute to him. I knew immediately I had to do something with his camper, and having discovered Jack Kerouac’s work a year before, which had left a mark on me… everything seemed to fall into place.
Southwest was a very unique experience. I had been working on writing my series Nerdians for over a year and was beginning to grow creatively frustrated, experiencing set backs constantly and I felt myself beginning to feel incredibly pent up. I decided I wanted to take a break away from writing, to clear my head and unwind a little. This lasted all of three days before I suddenly, almost subconsciously, sitting at my laptop and beginning to write a camper van story.
Leigh: What is your favorite motivational saying?
“Let me be that I am, and seek not to alter me.” – William Shakespeare. I have it tattooed to my lower abdomen. I am what I am, and that’s okay.
Leigh: Which famous person, living or deceased, would you like to meet and what would you ask them?
I’d definitely ask William Shakespeare if I could hold his quill. Haha, that’s a hard question. So many great minds I’d love to talk to.
Leigh: What advice would you give to new writers?
Write, then read, then write some more. Eat, sleep, repeat.
Leigh: How can readers discover more about you and you work?
I have an about me page on my website, as well as an instagram social media page. You can also sign up to my mailing list at http://www.adamgary.co.uk you can sign up to. I have two poetry collections in the works, one out in November and the other in February, and a trilogy of short stories coming soon!
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Adam-Gary/e/B06Y5PD3MH
Thank you very much, Adam, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.