Q. Tell us five words that best describe you?
Loud, silly, gobbledygook, beanpole, banana-icecream-sundae
Q. What prompted you to sit down and write your first story?
I wrote my first story when I was about 8 eights old. I lived in London at that time, and spent a lot of time wandering around in ‘Big Wood’, a wonderful dark creepy mini-forest near my parents house. It was full of shady nooks and overgrown corners. In those days, kids spent a lot of time wandering around on their own, and it was a great way to let my imagination roam. Anyway, there I was one misty day lost in the trees when suddenly I saw something. A fox, snuffling through the undergrowth in front of me. I stopped, motionless, and watched it. But foxes have a great sense of smell. It noticed me immediately, turned and looked at me. It had the most incredibly intelligent looking eyes. After it disappeared I immediately ran home, found a little exercise book, and wrote a story called ‘Reds’, all about a fox called Reds who gets lost and has to find his way back to his family. I still have the exercise book somewhere… I’ve loved writing ever since.
Q. Do you road test your ideas before you start your story?
No. i just start writing. But lots of my ideas come from other places. When my children were younger I spent lots of time going for walks and making up stories for them. Many of these stories became series, and went on for months, and some of the ideas were quite complex (and extroadinarily silly). Making up stories while walking is a great way to come up with ideas – and quite often these ideas eventually find their way into my written stories. So I suppose, now I come to think of it, that the ideas have been road-tested extensively before they hit the page!
Q. Are you a plotter or a panster?
(Plotter =Plotting out your manuscript before you write it. / Panster = Putting pen to paper and plotting as you go along)
I used to be a Panster but the more you get published (and the more perfectionist I become about writing well rather than just writing) the more I’ve become a Plotter. But I don’t think this is necessarily the best way to go – Pansting is good Just putting the pen on the page (or the fingers on the keyboard) and letting them take you wherever they want is a great way to find inspiration.
Q. What is a typical writing day for you?
I am actually a full-time clinical psychologist, so my writing usually takes place in the evenings or early mornings before or after work!! Sometimes the imagination is more fertile when the moon is out though (especially if you’re half-werewolf… or werehamster perhaps…)
Q. Tell us a little about your publishing experience?
Getting published is quite a long-winded process. It involves a lot of waiting, a lot of discussions and a lot of decision-makers. But the great thing about it is that the people you meet along the way are all friendly, motivated people with a passion for stories and books…
Q. If you could invite one author, dead or alive to dinner who would it be?
Hmmmm… There are so many. To be honest it would probably be Haruki Murakami. Murakami’s novels (which are a bit too complex for kids!) really motivated my own fledgling efforts at serious writing. I would love to ask him about his motivations, processes and just how he manages to find such a wonderful middle-ground between normality and fantasy…
Q. What’s next from Nick Falk?
Well we have our Samurai vs Ninja series, which should be out now in the shops (last two books come out in July). After that Im not sure!!! My imagination is stirring up a few good ideas, but Im not sure whats going to pop out the pot first…