Thanks for the invite, I am honoured to occupy the hard wooden bench that has felt so many famous bottoms. I promise to clean the booth afterwards.
What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I’m a bit of a fraud really, as I don’t have a writing background and never wrote anything since leaving school. In fact I read very little in the last twenty years, too busy doing more important things (Ooh, controversial!!)
I got a Kindle in May and downloaded some stuff, including some VERY highly rated “laugh out loud” stuff, which I though was about as funny as piles. I discovered later that the “laugh out loud” thing is a guarantee of humourlessness. Being an arrogant swine, I decided to write my own comedy book and make millions, since it seemed so easy. It’s called “The Little Book of Scorn: A Guide to the Middle Aged Misanthropist”. I was halfway through it when I thought of an idea about a man trying to kill his ex-wife, and typed that out on June 26th.
Since then, I’ve written forty short stories, two shortish novels and published five books on Amazon, with number six imminent.
And I’m STILL halfway through The Little Book of Scorn!
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit in writing among other commitments?
I write when there’s a story in my head that needs to be typed, and generally finish them quite quickly. I decided to give up work last December, so have no other commitments other than looking after the cats.
Imminent starvation may change that.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I don’t know about enjoying, and I’m not sure I operate in a genre. A lot of my stories tend to have some vague crime connection, but aren’t designed to be taken too seriously. I try very hard to stay away from the “amateur sleuth” genre which is heavily overdone by every realtor, cake shop owner and librarian in the USA, and I’m bored by the gritty “realistic” stuff, which mostly seems to be about serial killers and policemen with marital problems. There are too many people writing second-rate versions of their favourite authors’ books (More controversy!). I like to see humour in writing, as I think too many writers are far too serious about what they’re doing.
A lot of my stuff has featured Otis King, a Welsh Detective in Memphis who hates violence and only ever handles Blues related cases. Not sure he’ll be appearing again, as I find series characters rather repetitive after two or three books.
What draws you to write in that genre?
It’s what the voices in my head dictate to me. That sounds trite, but I don’t have any other way to explain it. I don’t have any craft, experience or huge contract to fall back on, so whatever they tell me, I type. Usually they tell me good stories, so I don’t have to work at them much…..apart from finding my typos.
I do wish sometimes that they’d dictate stuff in a more popular genre, as I’d like to be very rich and famous. Sadly, so far, no SAS thrillers, violent porn, vampires, zombies, cosy mysteries, romances or paranormal relationships, so it looks like I’m doomed to poverty and obscurity (rattles tin pleadingly….)
I saw a brilliant quote from a lady named Pat Bertram: “I am the reader I’m writing for,” which I loved, as it sums up why I write the way I do.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
None at all. I’ve finished my Nostalgic Welsh Police book “The Barry Island Murders” which I think is quite funny and different from most police stuff. It should be out in a couple of weeks, or maybe never, as I’m never quite sure whether stuff is good enough to release. It’s tough at the bottom.
What are your writing plans for the future?
Currently no plans, I’ll have put out 6 books and 2 free stories in five months, so have probably bored the arse of everyone from trying to flog things to them. I have no ideas, no plans……so maybe it’s time to stop. I really hate touting my stuff to people, it always feels intrusive. Of course, if they are moved to invest by pure pity, I shall be pathetically grateful.
Where can people find out more about you?
I don’t understand Twitter all that well, but I do use Facebook