Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Author Interview – John H.T. Francis @JohnHTFrancis

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Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it -What keeps you going?
I do not think that there is one particular thing that keeps me going all the time: sometimes it is an inner determination, sometimes it is a new frustration with how things in the human world are, sometimes it is the genuine interest for my work I see in people close to me that encourages me… But the important thing is to keep on going and try to make a difference.
What color represents your personality the most?
I think it is deep blue.
If you could do any job in the world what would you do?
This might sound common but it would be an astronaut. I think it is a job that gives great perspectives. I have had this dream when I was a child; I was really fascinated with aerospace and astrophysics; I even majored in fluid dynamics when I grew older. But somewhere down the line, this dream became unfeasible.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world?
One particular small forest with a particular type of majestic trees… I will not say more ;) The smell, the silence, the shades of lights in between the leaves, the dignity, and the natural wisdom, all of it moves me.
How do you think people perceive writers?
Oh this is a tough one. I think a lot of people do not really care about writing or reading books, or even hold a general negative view of writers as not being men/women of action. I wish this were not the case but I think that this is the current reality of perceptions; I really hope this will change with the global economic development. As for the ones genuinely interested in words and ideas, I guess they view writers depending on the genre they like; some perceive them as dreamers, some as artists, some as intellectuals, some as wise, and some as political or business thought leaders.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
I think I lack a great deal of affinity in poetry; I think it is something that I did not really have the chance to study deeply and appreciate. So if I can go back and study something in particular all over again, it would be this.
How do you feel about self-publishing?
I think self-publishing is revolutionizing the publishing industry and there is still more to come. Of course, by lowering the barriers-to-entry, you may have many more books of lower quality out there, but there is also a greater chance for an outsider to make it. I think the most challenging part of self-publishing remains in how to get book presence in traditional brick-and-mortar bookshops.
Do you have to travel much concerning your book?
I am not currently travelling a lot for the promotion my book as I am still mostly relying on targeted online marketing. But I guess this might change with time and with a greater familiarity with the book.
When did you first know you could be a writer?
I was in my early twenties and I found myself often dwelling on the same subjects. I guess I felt the need to write about them, and I probably knew then that at some point in my life I might actually do.
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Genre - Philosophy, Non-Fiction
Rating – G
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