Author Interview: ‘The Warehouse Industry’ by William Macbeth

About the Book:

Once there was a man.

When the man was a boy he killed a duck. He called the duck Peter, but it was too late. The duck was dead.

He got a job at a pie factory. Not a great job, but they didn’t ask too many questions, which was the main thing. He didn’t last long there, and left quietly without telling anyone.

The man is trying not to draw attention to himself.

He settled for a career in the warehouse industry. One day there was a delivery of cheap pillows, but the worst was yet to come.

The worst is always yet to come.

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US


Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I am thirty-nine years old. I have brown hair. I like jazz but not too much.

I got into writing when I realised that I would never be a pop star or a professional football player.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

The kitchen table. I have a half hour window between putting the kid to bed and falling asleep.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

The idea for The Warehouse Industry came to me one day as I was walking to the shop to buy some milk.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I did with The Warehouse Industry. I knew exactly where it was going, and although I wasn’t sure initially how I was going to get there, once I started writing it soon became clear.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I didn’t set out to write in a particular genre. But I suppose my book could best be described as ‘Dark Comedy’, although it’s not always dark, and it’s not always funny. And I suppose I have been influenced by the work of Chris Morris, Julia Davis and Stewart Lee.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

A cast of unknowns, plucked at random. And I guess Martin Freeman would have to be in it, because he’s in everything these days.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read a lot. My favourite authors are Richard Brautigan, Muriel Spark and Hermann Hesse. I like short books about odd people.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I am currently reading White Teeth by Zadie Smith, which is definitely not a short book. I still quite like it though.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Sombrero Fallout by Richard Brautigan because it is unlike anything else I’ve ever read, and it made me smile and laugh and think. Plus it has really short chapters.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Write a little every day, even if it’s only one sentence.

Avoid the internet. Don’t own a smartphone.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

None at present (see above). A Twitter account may be coming soon. We’ll see. Self-promotion is definitely not a strong point!


About the Author:

William Macbeth is a writer. He has written a book called The Warehouse Industry. And other things too, if you’re interested. He has brown hair and, while not exactly tall, is certainly above average height. He lives in London, in a house.

William Macbeth has never won any prizes, raffles, or competitions of any kind.


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