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Guest Author - Dan Gemeinhart

What do you enjoy most about the writing process? Do you have any tips for aspiring authors? By @DelB_x

The most fun part, for me, is definitely jumping into a new project. Zipping through those first few, excited pages - before you get to structure concerns, and pacing, and all those engineering and flow kind of concerns - that's magical, and kind of what most people imagine writing to be, I think. And it's fun. But the real work gets done later, after the rough draft buzz fades, when you roll up your sleeves, get out your red pen, and start marking and cutting and editing and revising and rewriting. That's where ideas really start becoming books. My tip for aspiring authors would be to be active: write a lot, read a lot, think about writing, read about writing, talk about writing, join any local writing groups you can find. Don't be a quiet, closet as active a writer as you can be. Don't let the dust settle on your pen or your brain.


Do your write straight onto a laptop or do you use a pen and paper first?  By @RonJoyTops

I definitely write straight onto my laptop. I kind of wish I wrote pen and paper - it seems more romantic, somehow - but sometimes the words come so fast I can't keep up and I can type faster than I can write. Plus I have really terrible handwriting, so half the work would be trying to figure out later what I'd written down!


What is your favourite book? By @roden_jannette

Oh, man, how could I pick one!? But, if pressed, I would say my most recent favorite is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. That book just totally blew me away. It is so moving, so shattering, so perfect. Total masterpiece.

How much do you enjoy writing a new book? By @misshullatalula

I enjoy it a lot! I mean, it's a lot of sitting there alone working - and a lot of times it's about as fun as doing your taxes - but when it's going well, there's nothing better. Writing a book can give you such heights of joy and depths of misery - it's quite a ride, trying to get a whole story down on paper in a way that's readable and vibrant and alive. It's a lot of work, but it's good work - and it feels amazing when you're done and the story is there and you like it. 


How did you get into writing and what was your inspiration? By @buntiette101

I got into writing through reading. I have loved books for as long as I can remember - I can thank my parents for that, of course - and so it was natural to start to think of writing my own stories. I think my early inspiration was just how much I loved reading, how much books entertained me and moved me and added to my world. It was amazing to think of an author - some grown-up stranger who I'd never met, who didn't know me at all - could put words on a page and thousands of miles away I could read them and cry, or laugh, or stay up until the wee hours of morning to finish the adventure. Just the sheer power of stories kind of inspired me to try and write my own. 


Who would you say is your biggest inspiration? By @BabyChloeB

My biggest inspiration for this book, The Honest Truth, was a friend of mine. Like the main character in this story, his name was Mark. And he also had a love for mountain climbing (he climbed mountains all over the world). And he also had cancer - a particularly bad kind. Unfortunately, my friend passed away from his cancer. He was a wonderful guy - warm, generous, full of life and a love for adventure - and I wrote this book in his memory, in his honor. He was a great inspiration.


The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart is out now in paperback (£6.99, Chicken House)