Let's get to know Thomas Forbes, Contributing Author to the first ever Up & Up Media book: MIXTAPE ONE (Short Story Compilation).
A childrens' author from Tasmania, Thomas has contributed a short story entitled "Saint David's Catacombs".
What is your favourite comfort food? Buttery, buttery toast
What's your all time favourite short story, and why? Antigonish by William Hughes Mearns, although I still have to look up the title and the author and it's technically a poem I'll never forget how it made me feel and the imagery I had the first time I heard it. To be so thoroughly transported by something through the use of so few words really inspired me.
Do you brush your teeth in the shower? NO
Who are the three authors who have inspired you the most? Garth Nix for showing me that great fantasy doesn't have to be complicated. Patrick Tilley for showing me that post apocalyptic sci-fi could be badass without an overly depressing "this is why we need to change who we are in the now" message and Raymond E. Feist for showing me that inspiration can come from anywhere and never be afraid to use it.
Have you released any writing before? Tell us about it, and where can we read it. Two children's books with a third and fourth on the way. The best place to find any of my work is on my website thomasforbesauthor.com
What does your writing space look like? A computer on a desk, a laptop on a couch, an ipad in a cafe or a napkin with a pencil... or on my phone... or just me in a mess surrounded by scribbles over torn up magazines and paper. Depends when I decide I need to write or how manic the vibe is at the time.
You're about to sit and write for the day - but first, you need to get a drink. What's your beverage of choice? Irish Breakfast Tea
Tell us about your home city. Hobart is a city with an interesting mix of old and new buildings and an interesting mix of people, near the cold end of the planet. It's a great place to live if you like wearing big coats and scarves.
What do you love about writing? A fiction where people can relate to the little things that the characters do or anything that helps people escape for a while, particularly in writing, is a worthwhile endeavour. I think that unlike the movies and the video games that we have available, many of which I spend a lot of time with, writing has by its nature a ubiquitous or broad quality. That is to say that through the ever slightly flawed or incomplete descriptions on places or people, the audience's imagination fills the tiny gaps of the things they read and the places it takes them. Although everyone has a different take on a movie or a television series I think that no single thing which is experienced by many people can retain such a unique quality for every single person experiencing it, than a written story. The smells of the places or the sounds of the footsteps in the mud, although described entirely the same way to everyone, will be uniquely different for every single person that reads it.
Usually a brand has a kind of personality about it, and you know what you're messing with when you associate with that brand. Up & Up is interesting, because it is brand new and doesn't really have an established personality yet. How do you feel about it? What do you make of all this? I think there is a lot of exciting energy surrounding a new brand. Therefore it is exciting to be associated with it and see where it will find itself in time to come.
Our motto at Up & Up is "The indie punk label of publishing for the garage bands of writing." What do you make of that? Just like with music, it's a great place to start for people with a story to share and to get it out amongst the people.
What are your hobbies? Video games, reading, writing, movies
What are your long-term writing plans? To release novels, short stories and children's stories with a view to trans-media story telling for adult and children's fiction alike.