Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a UK based writer of crime fiction and to date have published six books in my series featuring London based private investigator David Good. Set in the 1980s, I style these books as being crime fiction with attitude and humour.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest book in the David Good series is 'The Good Con'. It features a female con artist who also happens to be a dance instructor. I wanted this story to include a strong female opponent for DG, who otherwise enjoys a fluid and short-term relationship with the women who feature in his life. As with all my stories, there is also a strong sub-plot, this one involving a small time gambler who wins big, but then neglects to pay his debts.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write with my eyes closed. No, only kidding. Actually, I can't think of anything odd about the way I write, which I'm now concerned might be rather sad.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I read very widely and the list of my favourite authors varies from week-to-week. I try to keep my writing sharp and to the point, without too much fluffy stuff and I also like writing that has a beautiful natural rhythm to it. Nick Hornby's writing always gives the impression it is so easy to do, which greatly appeals to me and I wish I could acquire the subtlety of Patricia Highsmith; maybe one day I'll get there.
What are you working on now?
Lots! I'm always writing; I can't help myself. There are normally several David Good stories in the works and I have been experimenting with a couple of new series, though I suspect only one of those will make it through to publication.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
There is no one best method. It depends on what I am aiming to achieve, where and when. It's also probably fair to say that I am still experimenting with what works for me and what does not.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do it for the love of it. Whatever happens as far as sales are concerned, never lose sight of what matters most, which is the joy of writing in itself. And when it gets tough, push on, better times lie ahead.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Can't pick one piece. I read great advice all the time from so many fellow authors who are only too happy to share and care.
What are you reading now?
I usually have two or three books on the go at any one time, and I read almost as much non-fiction as fiction. I am currently reading 'Along Came a Spider', my first James Patterson, and 'Sabre Squadron' by Cameron Spence.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Write more books! I want to develop a second series of crime/mystery books to sit alongside my David Good books. And I want to keep developing my business skills because I want to sell more books!
What is your favorite book of all time?
One? Blimey! Ask me tomorrow and I will almost certainly give a different answer, but I keep thinking of one particular book when I get asked this question and that is 'The Riddle of the Sands' by Erskine Childers. It's generally seen as the forerunner of the modern day thriller and it caught me off-guard, being a far better book than I had expected. I don't generally re-read books but I know I will this one.
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