Aidan Mc Nally is from a little fishing village on the east coast of Ireland. Loughshinny to be precise and it is located in the rural country side of county Dublin. The influence of the sea has lead Aidan to be a keen fisherman commercially and he has a huge respect for the sea in all areas where it provides us food, fun and beautiful scenes too.
The writing life has very much taken Aidan and he continues to write as a major hobby with, poems and short stories to add to his writing life alongside his memoir books. For 2019 Aidan intends to focus some more on public speaking events and also to continue to inspire others in life.
1. What is your debut novel and what inspired its story?
My Debut is TWO sons TOO many, Memoir. The inspiration to write and write this life story was very much my two sons. The inspiration of life itself and a willingness to live on and share with the world as it is an unbelievable story. I have lived it and found it hard to believe myself, so I had to write it.
2. Do you write one specific genre or are you a multi genre author?
I have written two memoirs. TWO sons To many is a life story which covers a lot of ground. 17 & Life is my most recent title and it is about a specific time in m life. I have received feedback that the books have been very inspirational and for this reason I will continue to dabble with self help/inspirational type writing and not just memoir.
3. Do you have any memorable quotations or ‘one-liners’ that you have written and love?
Too many to list hahaha. All of them 😊
4. Do you have a favourite character that you have penned to life and why is this your favourite character?
In memoir being my memories of my life. The characters are all real lol😁
5. Are there any close friends/ family who have proven to be a pillar of support to you in your writing?
Many and the most important my good friends wife who very simply encouraged me. Her words of advice, “just write Aidan, just keep writing”, thank you Enda.
6. What are you currently working on?
I am writing my 3rd book right now which is a self help type book with some closer looks at life and situations where some may find things difficult an so I am throwing together some scenario type examples and possible approaches to life. Viewing and reviewing different angles of play in our beautiful game of life.
7. What has been your greatest challenge as an author thus far and how are you dealing/have dealt with it?
The challenges probably are the business end of the writing. I find myself not having the killer attitude to take on the world and sell sell sell. I love to be suggestive to readers about giving my books a try. The forceful sell and in your face is just not in me. I must improve this to remain competitive although I cannot see that happening anytime soon. Hahahaha.
8. How do you deal with criticism and how has it helped you as a writer?
Criticism is something I take on board to a point. It can be difficult to hear a criticism on one day and be the most welcome thing the next day. I roll with the punches mostly and understand quite well that “ya can’t please all the people….” should I receive major criticisms regularly then I would adjust. The positive feedback has outweighed the negative thus far. I am very lucky for this I feel.
9. How has social media helped in promoting and marketing your books?
Social media is or are great tools. I have met some wonderful people and they have helped spread the word of my books too it is important again in the business end to understand what social media is. Many people consider their accounts and their profiles all extensions of themselves. For me they are very much tools and must be used as such. I think many people have forgotten that life is not a profile or any one platform.
10. When writing your novel which aspect of the writing process do you find to be the most challenging?
The challenge is finding a place to stop. Finish so to speak. I could go on for days and days on end. I have found that keep writing is the best and when the time is right it will be right to finish. However I like to try and have a focus that I will finish at point x for example and try and keep my mind focused to get there. I forget this many times.
11. How do you measure success as a writer/ author?
The day I sold my first book was an amazing feeling. The next high was the very first review.
After these two milestones a massive “success” feeling came over me in the sense of complete satisfaction to have accomplished the task and succeeded in the project of completion. I wrote it, someone bought it and they left a review. It was a very big WOW moment.
12. What short term and/or long term goals have you set?
Continue writing on both short and long term. Improve all the time and keep on going.
13. Do you have any upcoming book releases or events?
17 & Life by Aidan Mc Nally has just been recently released.
14. What are your favourite book(s) and/or author(s)?
I change like the weather to be honest. As my mood might take me and so a favourite is hard to pin down.
15. What advice will you give to other Indie Authors or those who are thinking of writing and publishing?
The best advice I received was “just write”
The best advice I could give, never give up. As an independent I have found there are many who will try to help and some at a great cost. Be wise in your business dealings, the dream to have the book out there can be totally achieved all by yourself independently, so just keep going.
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