Saturday, May 30, 2015


Today I have the pleasure of hosting Nick Wilford (Scattergun Scribblings) on his blog tour announcing the sale of his short story anthology A CHANGE OF MIND and other stories. Please give Nick a warm welcome as he answers some interesting questions about himself, the anthology, and his upcoming projects.

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. 

Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter or Goodreads.

What influenced you to write speculative fiction stories? How did you come up with the title of the anthology.
I started out writing stories which were quite straightforward and rooted in reality – my first novel was a thriller. Then I wrote a book about a man who had lost his memory and nothing is certain in his life, including his partner. That took on a more speculative edge. I guess I started wondering about things that go beyond what we can physically see around us, and that’s the direction I’ve been going down since then. It could be sci-fi, fantasy or dystopian, but “speculative” encapsulates all these genres.
The title comes from the novella in the collection, and honestly, I have a really hard time coming up with them! Once I came up with this title, I hung onto it. It didn’t have a working title before that. It sounds fairly innocuous but takes on an extra meaning once you know the premise of the story.

Do you write novels as well as short stories?
Yes, I have written four novels and two novellas at this point. I think some people find short stories more of a challenge, but to me they are much more manageable. I’m still working on getting that longer form nailed down, but we will always keep learning for the entirety of our writing journeys.

Are any of the stories published elsewhere? Have you considered traditionally publishing your works; or trying to publish in Scotland?
Yes, four of the accompanying stories have been published in Writer’s Muse, a British magazine that is now sadly defunct. The editor, Jim Butcher, was highly encouraging and supportive when I was only a fledgling writer. I have submitted queries to agents before, but I decided I could have much more control if I published myself. I haven’t ruled out traditional publishing, though. Those novels I was submitting are far from my strongest work. As to publishing in Scotland, it might work if my writing was more naturally Scottish. I still feel like a newcomer here, although I have been here since 2003, and only my first novel has actually been set in Scotland. My wife told me I had a lot of work to do to get the accents and phrasing right!

Do you have a favorite story from the collection?
I would say A Change of Mind, because it forms the centrepiece of the collection, it’s the story I worked the hardest on, and it’s an idea that I’m proud of bringing to fruition.

Is there a particular theme that runs through the collection? An overall larger plot or concept that the placement of each story progresses?
I don’t think there’s an overarching plot, but the characters in each story are driven by something – some ambition or desire that leads them into some pretty extreme behaviour, and the stories examine the consequences of that. Is it all worth it?

What is next in your writing career?
Drafting the final part of my YA dystopian trilogy, completing editing on the first two books and prequel novella, and preparing Book 1 for release in the early part of 2016.

Thanks for having me, Donna! I had a lot of fun answering your questions.

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction
Format: Ebook only
Page/word count: 107 pages, approx. 32,000 words
Release date: 25th May 2015
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing
A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.  In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.  But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…  In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.  The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.  In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.  Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.  The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.

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Nick Wilford said...

Thanks, Donna! Have an excellent weekend. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry that magazine went under, but it did give you a start. Congratulations and keep working on the accent, Nick!

Pat Hatt said...

Congrats once more. Sounds like you got a ton more books in the pipeline too, awesome.

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations on your release!

DEZMOND said...

congrats to Nick, he is all over the blogosphere :)

Anonymous said...

It was great learning more about Nick's writing. Looks like he'll have plenty of more books coming out in the future.

betty said...

Great interview, Nick! Seems like lots of projects in the work for the days ahead too!


Yolanda Renee said...

Busy, busy man, Nick. Looks like the tours is going wonderfully, good luck with all your projects!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Rock the accent Nick. You're promotional efforts is impressive because I see your books everywhere.

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats once again, Nick.
And good luck with your YA trilogy.
It sounds like an awesome project!

Nick Wilford said...

Alex - Thanks. I think I'll leave the accent alone, don't want to cause any offence!

Pat - Thanks. Yeah, I should be busy the rest of the year.

Deniz - Thanks!

DEZMOND - Thanks. Hope I'm not too "in your face!"

Medeia - Thanks. Good to be busy!

betty - Thanks! I've already been a while working on these, so I'm excited to share them when the time's right.

Yolanda - Thanks! I'm enjoying the tour.

Maurice - Thanks, I hope I'm doing something right!

Michelle - Thank you!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Donna and Nick .. it's great reading about Nick and his stories .. and how he's upped his game - I'm sure success will come - and yes good luck with all your stories ... long and shorter ones ... Cheers Hilary

Sylvie Grayson said...

Hi Donna,
You have been nominated for the Liebster Award for blogging. You can find out more at my website,

Thanks and congratulations, Sylvie

dolorah said...

Thanks everyone for your support of Nick. Hasn't he been awesome?! I know I can't wait to read the anthology.

Stephanie Faris said...

How great that you can repurpose your stories in a book that will be around forever! I can't wait to read it.

mshatch said...

I enjoyed the interview and the anthology sounds fabulous :)

Nas said...

Congratulations on your release!

TBM said...

Getting the Scottish accent right in writing would be a challenge. I'm an American in London and I've been here four years, but still haven't felt comfortable writing about London yet. However, a project is developing in my mind, but it makes me nervous.

Cherie Reich said...

Congrats, Nick! It always helps when there is someone encouraging and supportive when we're first starting out.

Lisa said...

Looking forward to reading this Nick! Congrats, and good luck!

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