What’s your writing background? When did you begin writing and what inspired you?
I read multiple genres but I actually started writing poetry though my love of fiction drew me to prose. I try to write across genre boundaries. I firmly believe that a good story is a good story regardless of how you categorise it.
I began writing prose in 2007 and I was inspired by the honest working class approach of Byker Books excellent Radgepacket series, which seems to have been the catalyst for many writers. He’s a smart cookie that Ed bloke.
How often do you write? And how do you manage to fit it in among other commitments?
Difficult to say how often I write as I do it in frenzied splurges. Fitting it in isn’t a problem as no one is on my back with deadlines thankfully. I tend to write on weekends, mornings or after work if I’m in the mood.
In which genre do you most enjoy writing?
I don’t like to categorise myself into a genre if I can help it. I would say that I seem to drift into crime and social realism often. However, there’s a whole zombie epic inside me waiting to be written. I’d be happy to collaborate on that if anyone is game for it.
What draws you to write across different genres?
My writing, generally, is drawn by ideas and scenes that pop into my head. I try not to think in terms of genre if I can help it. An interest in human nature and what makes us tick are perhaps the things that drive me to drift towards crime on occasion.
Can you tell me about your current project(s)?
My Tales from The Longcroft Estate are ongoing. I’ve just sent the second volume off to the publisher. In addition to that, I have a supernatural thriller with the working title ‘The Bank Manager and the Bum’. This is something a little different for me and it’s proving slow going at present.
What are your writing plans for the future?
I’m not one of life’s big planners. I just keep writing down my ideas and the stories seem to become longer and more complex the more I write. A Longcroft Estate novel at some point would be great.
Where can people find out more about you?
My own site, which isn’t updated often enough: http://darrensant-writer.yolasite.com
The Facebook page for TFTL: http://www.facebook.com/LongcroftTales