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Interview with Patrick Garratt

It’s time for another interview now.  Patrick Garratt’s debut novel, ‘Deg’ was published last year and I asked him all about it.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your book, ‘Deg’ please?

Deg is screen culture paranoia, anarchic politics and drug exploration written in an automatic, surrealist style. I wrote it in a fit of desperation I doubt I could ever replicate. The diary element to its method set the form of my further books, but it now seems that opinion and inspiration based on imaginary input will alway be subservient to reportage for me. Deg was likely a once in a lifetime event.

 

Is this a book you’ve always wanted to write?

In a way, I suppose. I’d been working on another novel called The Ooning, which I eventually canned after two rewrites, and was spending a lot of time reading twentieth century postmodernism. That these authors could write as they pleased, with little thought for the traditional notion of readability, was revelatory. In that sense I’d always wanted to write Deg. I was just ignorant of the fact.

 

Where did you get your ideas for it from?

Deg is my life story, a psychedelic diary. Thematically it’s a product of my family’s environment at the time of writing. Roughly three years before I wrote Deg we’d emigrated from the UK to Corrèze, a rural department in the Limousin region of southwest France. My wife and I lived in a huge house surrounded by forests with our three small children. Corrèze is so sparsely populated that it’s possible to get back to nature in a way I didn’t realise still existed in western Europe, and I allowed myself to start using cannabis again after a long abstinence from any drugs at all, including alcohol. The result was explosive. I just let it come out.

 

How long did it take you to write?

I wrote the first draft in around three months. It was a little like vomiting.

 

Do you see yourself in any of your characters?

Absolutely, yeah. As I said, it’s a thinly-veiled diary.

 

What was the publication process like for you?

A little bizarre, but ultimately amazing. I tried to get Deg published via the traditional route of finding an agent, but, unsurprisingly, it got rejected everywhere. I’d moved onto writing the next book, and had given up reasonable hope of seeing Deg published at all. On the advice of a friend I approached video game artist Ste Pickford to draw the cover as a precursor to self-publication, and he liked it so much he decided to illustrate every chapter. I saw Matthew Smith, Urbane’s boss, requesting book pitches on Twitter, and he showed immediate interest.

From then the process was incredibly relaxed. Matthew is eminently professional and I couldn’t be happier with the result. The hardback really is a thing of beauty, from the physical materials to the reproduction of Ste’s drawings, and that’s all I could have hoped for. Being published by Urbane was a great experience.

 

Have you got any good advice for anyone wishing to write a novel?

Jeepers. So much of this depends on your goals. Many people approach writing as a career, as a job. There’s a financial element to it, as in they want to make money from novels. They attend seminars and buy places on courses and do degrees in creative writing and whatever else, eventually (hopefully) becoming trained in the creation of commercial fiction. If that’s what you want, then off you go. There’s an entire coaching industry waiting for your cash.

I always wanted to be a literary author, meaning the route to success is far muddier. The truth is that if you “want to be a writer” then you must write. Write anything, everything, in any way you want, but you must be productive. Embrace your fear and write your brain, not someone else’s. Don’t worry about making money or getting published or getting an agent. Just be as good as you can be, and that means a constant striving for personal betterment, for self-tuition and the overcoming of internal struggle. If you want to create art then learn art. Allowing yourself to be the person you want to be, to be you, could well be the hardest thing you ever do, but you’ll only reach your core by remorselessly breaching personal barriers. Stop giving a shit about the opinions of others. You won’t be recognised for replication.

To give an example. While I was working on the book following Deg, I lapsed into quite a serious period of self-doubt (yes, this is normal: few people are more pitiable than unpublished novelists), and signed myself up for a distance learning course in novel-writing. After I’d completed the first lesson, part of which was to outline my goals as a writer, the tutor told me I would never secure an agent or a deal if my work wasn’t “accessible”. Urbane signed Deg the following week. I never got round to lesson two.

 

Are you working on any other writing projects?

It never stops. I’ve written two full novels since Deg and I’m about to start another.

 

Have any authors influenced your work and if so, who?

The more experimental twentieth century postmodernists, such as Gaddis, Burroughs, Ballard, Acker and Pynchon, have heavily influenced me. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition (it’s noteworthy as I read it just before starting writing Deg) showed me how strange fiction could be, that writing could be powerful as a result of being simultaneously formless and structured. It had a strong impact on my work.

I’m starting to read more theatre and poetry. Fiona, my wife, just passed a Masters in translation studies (with distinction, I should add: I’m very proud to be married to a genius), and she focused on Peter Weiss’s Holocaust play The Investigation for her dissertation. This type of experimental form is currently interesting me as I’ve been fixated with novel-length fiction up to now. I’ve also just finished a collection of Daniil Kharms’s poems and plays, something completely different from my usual reading. Some of his pieces are so beautiful, so insightful. It’s hard to not be influenced by him.

 

How long have you been a journalist for?

Forever. I started working as a video gaming journalist in 1998.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

We now live in the Vosges, a mountain region in the northeast of France, so I’m able to ski when there’s snow and go mountain biking when there isn’t. I work out a lot. Travelling is becoming a lot more important to me, and, obviously, I love to read.

 

If you were only allowed to own two books what would they be?

Probably Infinite Jest and Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. Ibbotson’s my children’s’ favourite author, so it’d always remind me of when they were young. I’d take Infinite Jest because I still haven’t read the endnotes. I’m such a fraud.

 

Links

‘Deg’ is available to buy from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/deg/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Deg-Patrick-Garratt/dp/1911129481/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1489694327&sr=1-1

Patrick Garratt’s Personal Website – https://patrickgarratt.com/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/patlike

Deg Illustrator Ste Pickford’s Instagram account – https://www.instagram.com/stepickford/

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Interview with David John Griffin

I am pleased to welcome David John Griffin back to my blog.  His new book, ‘Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn And Other Stories’ was recently published.  I asked David some questions about it.

 

Your new book, ‘Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn And Other Stories’ sounds intriguing. Can you tell me a bit about it please?

It is an imaginative novella with a selection of twelve short stories. The novella is a heady mixture of magical realism, the paranormal and a dose of sci-fi too.

The novella is unusual in as much as it’s laid out as the emails between the two women, interspersed with a science fiction writer’s journal. The story is strange and becomes stranger by the page, keeping the reader “ head-scratching” right to the end. Though eventually all of the jigsaw puzzle pieces come together to present a satisfactory and surprising solution.

The short stories cover a variety of genres including science fiction, magical realism, even a ghost story! All the stories have a “twist in the tail” to surprise and entertain the reader.

 

Have you been writing short stories for long?

Not for as long as I would like: I’ve been writing short stories since the early 90’s. Up until then I concentrated on writing novels. Interesting to note that the novella Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn started life as a short story: I was aiming for 5 to 6000 words. But before I knew it, it had gained a life of its own and came out to over 31,000 words. All of my short stories have one thing in common in the main – they start life without a genre. It’s only after I’ve written a short story do I know what type of story it is.

 

Is the paranormal a subject you are interested in?

Not in an everyday sense and to be honest, I’m surprised how many of my stories have paranormal themes. It’s crept up on me (which is spooky in its own way!).

 

What would your reaction be if you met any of the characters from your books for real?

If it was a few from my first novel, The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb, I’d run a mile! Not quite but some of them are despicable, in particular Theodore Stubb. If I met Donald Clement from Infinite Rooms I’d want to help him. He’s such a fragile personality. I would enjoy meeting Audrey and Stella from Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn, I feel I would get on well with them. Even meeting Gideon Hadley, the science fiction writer from the novella, would be an interesting experience and as he’s a writer, I think we would have a lot to talk about.

It’s strange to think I’d ever meet any of my characters; it’s an interesting question! Which reminds me: The One Dog Inn – the 17th century former coach house – is described in detail in Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn which caused my wife Susan to express a desire to stay there if only it had been real!

 

Do you have a regular writing routine?

No, is the short answer. I have bouts of writing interspersed with months of no writing, which is when I try to catch up on my reading. I tend not to read much when I’m writing – I don’t want to be overtly influenced too much. When I am writing, even that will vary day by day although most of the writing will happen in the evenings. I have just finished the first draft of a science fiction novel which I managed to write in the space of three weeks. That’s the fastest I’ve ever written in my life…

 

Can we look forward to more books from you?

I’ve written my third novel, a fantasy tale which is currently under consideration. It’s byline is “A fantastical journey of imagination”. Then there’s my science fiction novel mentioned previously which I have to finish. After that, I have plans for yet another novel, a magical realism “Tall” tale. Plenty of work ahead for me!

 

How did you come to be published by Urbane Publications?

After pursuing literary agents without success, I tried a few publishers, and got a few “near-hits” but always they pulled out at the last hurdle… then I discovered Urbane Publications via Twitter. So I sent both my first and second novels to Matthew – and the rest is history, as they say. I was drawn to Urbane as they offer a refreshing and innovative style of publishing, particularly when it comes to the closer collaboration between publisher and author. Which means in my case, amongst other things, that Matthew of Urbane allows me to use my own cover designs. (I’m a graphic designer by trade). I also like the fact that Urbane realises that some authors aren’t overnight successes and that it take time and patience to reach a wider platform.

 

Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to write a book?

Write! I mean to say, too much thinking about it can spoil the flow, I think, you have to start typing/writing and keep at it. You don’t have to write every day necessary but even with the odd half an hour here and there, the words soon start building up. I’d also say, don’t worry about the quality of the first draft, plough on till the end without going back to amend anything, including word corrections. That can all be done in the 2nd and subsequent drafts. Write that first draft as if no one else on the planet will ever see it (which is often the case anyway). Finally, make sure your plot is watertight – it helps to have someone else read your final draft before sending off to a literary agent or publisher. Their fresh eyes will spot such things, as well as spelling mistakes which you might have become “word-blind” to.

 

If you had the chance to live your life all over again do you think you would still write books?

Definitely: I love writing. It’s a craft that can never be fully learned, I believe. Each novel is as difficult as the last one, I’m finding, each with their own particular quandaries/problems which need to be solved. That is part of the fascination of writing for me. Having said that, there are certain aspects which are easier the more experienced you are, the more “writing miles” you have under your belt. Who was it said that writing is like exercising muscles – the more you write, the stronger you will get.

 

Notebooks or Computers?

I always carry a notebook with me so that if I’ve a line or an idea I can jot it down straight away before it’s forgotten. For actual writing, I by far prefer the computer. I’m not one for longhand when it comes to actual writing, although I know of other authors who swear by this approach before they get anywhere near a typewriter or computer. For interest, I wrote my first two novels on a good old-fashioned typewriter.

 

Links

‘Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn And Other Stories’ is available from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/two-dogs-at-the-one-dog-inn/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Two-Dogs-One-Dog-Inn/dp/1911331159

‘Infinite Rooms’ is available from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/infinite-rooms/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Infinite-Rooms-gripping-psychological-thriller/dp/1910692603/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1488574787&sr=1-1

‘The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb’ is available from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/the-unusual-possession-of-alastair-stubb/

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unusual-Possession-Alastair-Stubb/dp/1910692344/ref=pd_sbs_14_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=5K0V3BDFE4JZEVPJ3NZD

Website – http://www.davidjohngriffin.com

Twitter – @MagicalRealized

 

Guest Post by Robert Enright

I would like to welcome Robert Enright back to my blog  Last year I read and reviewed the wonderful ‘Doorways’ and I am still waiting patiently for the next book in the series.  Robert has written a guest post for my event.

 

Doorways: A new chapter

I can’t believe it’s been almost 5 months since Doorways has been published. It may not seem like a long time, but considering the book actually came out over a year after signing the contract, my concept of time has rapidly changed. And now, knowing that Doorways is sat on the shelves in places such as Foyles and Waterstones, it feels like a new chapter in my life has begun.

But before all that, let me introduce myself. I am Robert Enright, author and a recent member of the 30 club! I have been writing since I can remember, be it silly stories when I was a kid or roleplaying games during my (admittedly uncool) teens. It was when I hit 17 that I started knuckling down, properly designing characters for a comic book series and planning stories. Then I spent the next 7 to 8 years swinging from idea to idea, like Tarzan through the jungle. Then my brother gave me a boot up the backside and I started writing seriously.

First book, One by One, was met with some great critical acclaim, scoring high ratings with every reviewer who let me grace their blog and it changed my life. Not only did it show people I could do it, it showed me that I could. I pitched it to Matt, but he was more interested in Doorways, which I hinted at in my email. A phone call and a few beers later and I had signed on the dotted line, with only 4 chapters and a concept. It was daunting, because now someone else was backing my idea and I was contractually obliged to provide a good book.

Well hopefully I did. The critical acclaim that Doorways has achieved has been nothing short of mind blowing, purely because it is such a weird book. One by One was a straight revenge story, whereas this is an Urban Sci-Fi, Mystery, Crime Thriller, Buddy Cop, Paranormal Investigation. So yeah….quite a tricky one. And for my book tour, I had a batch of some of the most talented and highly regarded CRIME reviewers. None of them read Sci-Fi and many were fairly sceptical, agreeing to read it based purely on One by One (and NOT because I sent them money. Which I didn’t….because I have none!)

I almost cried at the response. Every single one of them gave Doorways a 5 Star review, all of them perplexed that they had enjoyed a Sci-Fi novel as much as they did. That was what made me smile the most, the fact that I got people to not only experience a new type of story, but to actually enjoy it. If you follow me on social media, you will know I’m pretty nerdy. Comics, computer games, films….I love a lot of Sci-Fi and Doorways was such a passion project for me, as it allowed me to create my own worlds, with their own rules and laws. The fact that Argyle, the ‘Other’ from the Otherside is such a favourite was amazing to hear.

What next? Well Bermuda is coming back!! I am nearly halfway through the sequel which see’s our hero stop decimating London and destroy Glasgow instead. I have a comic book in the works (OH YEAH!!) and whisper it, but we may be seeing One by One reach the shelves aswell. But for now I will go back to writing and slowly panicking at my first book event coming up later this month, before I head to Waterstones in April for my own evening. Seriously…..somebody pinch me!

I would also like to thank every single reader, writer, blogger and reviewer for the continuous support and inspiration you bring to writers like myself. It means more than these words I’m writing. Also, make sure you follow Sonya on Twitter because her blog and reviews are AMAZING!!

Rob 🙂

 

‘Doorways is available from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/doorways

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Doorways-Bermuda-Jones-Case-File-ebook/dp/B01LOO18EW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1489226001&sr=1-1&keywords=doorways+by+robert+enright

 

Blog Tour – ‘Doorways’ by Robert Enright

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Well, the big day is here at last for Robert Enright.  His new book, ‘Doorways’, the first in the Bermuda Jones series is out today, published by Urbane Publications.  Last year I had the pleasure of interviewing Robert and then earlier this year I did a cover reveal on my blog as part of my Urbane event, complete with an exciting countdown.  So, when Robert asked me if I would like to take part in this blog tour, how could I possibly refuse!

Franklyn ‘Bermuda’ Jones was born with the ability to see the truth; a gift and also a curse.  Declared insane by psychiatrists, Bermuda was admitted to hospital for three months.  The only human to have passed to The Otherside and returned, he is now an agent for the BTCO, a highly secret government agency.  Bermuda is stuck between both worlds and pining for the life he has had to leave behind.  Everyday things which people take for granted mean the world to him.

Teamed with Argyle, an enigmatic Otherside warrior, Bermuda is assigned the case of a missing woman who seems to have disappeared into thin air.  As Bermuda is soon to discover there is more to things than meets the eye.  With Argyle’s help will he be able to solve the case before it’s too late?

I am not a fan of science fiction as such but I wanted to give ‘Doorways’ a go having heard so much about it.  You know what?  I’m so pleased that I did because this book is actually a mixture of genres, not just sci-fi.  I was totally hooked from the start and found it so very hard to put down.  I loved the writing style and found that the words bounced right off the pages.  I also really like how ‘Doorways’ is set in different parts of London including a place I love going to.

I found myself getting really involved in the story, so much so that I wanted to scream at the woman who went missing not to walk through the alleyway.  I felt sad for Bermuda and the fact that he couldn’t lead a normal life.  It must have been so hard having to cut himself off from loved ones.  I adored Argyle, his protector and saviour.  The things he did to distract the police; brilliant!

‘Doorways’ took me on an exciting and unstoppable journey.  I didn’t want it to come to an end and I am so looking forward to the second book in the series.  I only hope there are no Others lurking in the shadows watching my every move.  Oh wait, this is fiction isn’t it?  Isn’t it??

Thanks for a great read Robert.

I give this book 5 out of 5.

 

‘Doorways’ is available to buy from Urbane Publications:-

http://urbanepublications.com/books/doorways/

 

Guest Post by Shirley Golden

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Shirley Golden’s book, ‘Skyjacked’ is being published next month.  Shirley has written a guest post for my blog about science fiction and female authors.

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Science Fiction and Female Authors

As a female author who’s written a sci-fi, space adventure, I wasn’t immune to the male dominance of the genre – at least when it comes to popular or acclaimed writing.  So much so, that I considered using my initial instead of my first name on the cover.  Upon reflection I decided, that given we’re living in the 21st century, the time for such nonsense should be over.

However, I recently discovered on The Telegraph’s, “Best Sci-fi and Fantasy Novels of All Time”, that just 9% were female.  The Guardian’s list of, “The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels”, fared only slightly better with female authors making 15% of the cut.  And a search of Amazon revealed the ten top sci-fi bestsellers were all by men, with the first female author making an appearance at ranking 19.

But is this sexism, or do women fail to write (or submit) as much work in the genre?

According to a survey by Tor Books in 2013, women made up 32% of their speculative fiction submissions, although this varied when broken into subgenre, with young adult fiction tipping in favour of female submissions.  Nevertheless, it seems that women might be less inclined to submit in this genre overall.  Unfortunately, I found no information on comparative acceptance rates of sci-fi submissions by publishers.

Female authors that often make top sci-fi lists are, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Doris Lessing, and sometimes Angela Carter (who is included in sci-fi/fantasy lists).  And this raises a related debate over whether women can write “hard sci-fi”.  Hard sci-fi authors tend to keep within current limitations of what is theoretically possible, and therefore at the extreme end, stories shouldn’t include such concepts as faster-than-light travel, inter-species breeding or time travel into the past.  Catherine Asaro is known for the scientific depth of her stories, and includes elements such as equations, and diagrams of quantum mechanical wave functions in her fiction.  So, clearly women are just as able to write “hard sci-fi” as men if they choose to do so.  And of course, there’s Frankenstein.  Oh, the irony that possibly the most influential speculative fiction novel of all time was written by a woman.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, my own book shelves reflect a similar bias; the only female sci-fi books I possess (excluding fantasy and horror writers) are Ursula Le Guin, Carol Emshwiller, Ann Leckie, and Sophia McDougall.  However, I can only think that my book shelves reflect the fact that male sci-fi novels are marketed more rigorously than their female counterparts because I have no preference for the sex of an author in any genre.  If I’m honest, I don’t make a huge distinction between the sexes – humans all need shelter, food, love – I fail to understand the need to highlight differences.

As soon as I started writing my novel, Skyjacked, I knew I had little interest in pursuing hard science in fiction, and not because I’m a woman.  My love of sci-fi (which began with TV shows such as Blake’s 7 and V) is rooted in the desire to indulge in an escape from reality.  So, I hope my book will appeal to readers of both sexes, who enjoy colourful characters in a fast-paced, action-packed, adventure story, whose main aim is entertainment.

 

‘Skyjacked’ is available to pre-order from:-

Urbane Publications – http://urbanepublications.com/books/skyjacked/

Amazon UK – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skyjacked-Shirley-Golden/dp/1910692182/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1458402875&sr=1-3&keywords=skyjacked

 

Shirley Golden’s Website – http://www.shirleygolden.net

 

Guest Post by Rob Enright

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Last year I interviewed Rob Enright.  You can read it here:-

https://aloverofbooks.wordpress.com/2015/12/01/interview-with-robert-enright/

Rob has written a guest post for this blog event.

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Taking a break….from taking a break…..

When I wrote the words ‘The End’ at the end of the first draft of ‘Doorways’, I gave myself a nice pat on the back. Nine months of writing had come to a very satisfactory end. Within those nine months, I garnered a number of fantastic reviews for my self-published debut novel, ‘One by One’and had also signed a contract with Urbane Publications to print the book I was writing. Slowly, I was beginning to back myself, that I might be able to get somewhere with this whole writing malarkey.

I had entered the nine months with nerves. Not because I doubted my ability to write, far from it. I can hand on heart say, the best thing I have ever done with my life is write ‘One by One’. It has completely changed my outlook on life, the idea of what is possible and what can be achieved with application. I was nervous because I was stepping away from the genre I had just written. Now ‘Doorways’ is still a crime novel to an extent, but it is more urban sci-fi. Matt Smith, my generous and workaholic publisher at Urbane, asked me why the step away and I still stand by my answer: because it’s what I want to write. He had nothing but encouragement for the answer (and interest in the idea) so his support has vindicated my decision to switch genre.

So, nine months down the line, I send in my first draft and am now eagerly anticipating the feedback. The journey is beginning and I tell myself, I deserve some time off. As January fast approached it’s end, I made the decision to take three months off from writing. Now bear in mind, for the past two years I had written two novels back to back. The two years before that were spent writing film scripts (one of which was a film script of One by One. A vastly inferior, stripped down version of the book which may one day be shared with the world.) I had been writing solidly for four years and further back than that, I had spent six years half starting a novel or a film here, designing a comic there. It was time for a break.

A week passed. Evenings were filled with catch up TV, video games I had promised myself to play and gym sessions. It was lovely. Another week passed. I watched several films I hadn’t seen, spent more time with the girlfriend. It was nice.

Another week passed…..hmmm….I wonder if my idea for the sequel will actually work?

Next week…..it doesn’t work, let me brainstorm.

As February came to a conclusion I was back writing again. The sequel to ‘Doorways’ has been fully planned and fleshed out and is raring to go. I have also devised, planned and begun to flesh out an idea for a comic book series. Working for Disney as a HR Analyst by day exposes me to so much Marvel, it has rekindled my love of the super hero. All in all, I guess writing has become something so engrained in my life now, I can’t take a break just yet. Maybe next year?

As ‘Doorways’ begins its journey to publication, and I am hoping into your hands!, the sequel will soon be in the works. My life will get busier, hopefully too busy, when the book finally hits the shops.

My spare time will be lost between promoting one and writing the other.

I cannot wait.

When I have all that to look forward to, why would I want to take a break just yet?

 

Rob Enright

 

Cover Reveal – ‘Doorways’ by Rob Enright

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Interview with Robert Enright

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Robert Enright self-published his debut novel, ‘One by One’ earlier this year.  He has recently signed up with Urbane Publications and has a book coming out next autumn.  I asked Robert some questions.

 

Tell me a bit about your debut novel, ‘One by One’.

One by One is a gritty, violent revenge tale about one man’s quest to avenge his wife, who falls victim to a notorious crime gang. I wanted to write a revenge story where the protagonist could not only match the bad guys, but maybe even exceed them with regards to his methods.

Some of it was a little tricky to write as it is graphic in its depiction of violence and how it only leads to more, however I feel confident that I wove a real love story that drives Lucas, the hero, onwards on his quest for vengeance. Also, as a big fan of action and revenge movies, it was great fun writing some of the fight scenes!

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How long did it take you to write?

It took me just under a year from start to finish. I did however, write it as a movie script the year before which I guess is a little cheating as I already had the storyline and large parts of dialogue already written. However, weaving a 97 page script into a novel of 129,000 words was quite the task.

 

What does self-publishing involve?

A lot of hard work and knowledge of Microsoft Word! The slightest mistake format wise and the book looks like someone has shaken it. So definitely getting clued up on formatting. I downloaded a couple of free books on my Kindle that were step by step guides and they really helped.

Also be prepared to slog it out. There are millions of books out there and a large number of them are independent authors with the same dream. So making sure you find the right interest groups, the right Facebook groups – it can make a huge difference.

 

Congratulations on signing with Urbane Publications.  Can you tell me a bit about ‘Doorways’?

Thank you very much. I still cannot believe that this time next year, I will be holding a hard copy of my book. It still hasn’t sunk in and I know how lucky I am.

‘Doorways’ is hopefully the first novel in the ‘Bermuda’ Jones series. It is about an agency which deals with a world that runs parallel to ours. The inhabitants of that world are granted asylum in ours, however they are monitored by the organisation Bermuda works for. The catch is, only a select few humans, who have a gift/curse known as ‘the knack’ can see them. Bermuda is the anomoly, as he is the only recorded human who can physically interact with them.

A pattern emerges of people going missing from places they physically cannot and Bermuda is assigned the case. He and his partner, a warrior that has defected from this parallel world begin to uncover a greater threat to our world and face a race against time to stop it.

 

Where did you get the idea for this book from?

I honestly do not know. I am a big sci-fi, comic book geek. I enjoy a good story and this one has developed from a private investigator with a medical condition to a whole organisation and different world. I just let my mind wander and eventually, big pieces of the puzzle emerge and they go down on paper and the idea truly took off. I think once I decided to introduce another world, the idea took over and just grew.

 

You have said ‘Doorways’ is hopefully going to be the first book of a series.  How many more are you planning to write?

I currently have, beyond ‘Doorways’, another four Bermuda books planned, and potentially have the idea for another one. I do have definitive ending to the whole story, yet how many cases we go through to get there depends on how many people enjoy them and how many ways I can keep the stories fresh.

 

Do you see any of your books being made into a TV series in the future?

I would never rule it out. The idea has a lot of things going for it, however, just having it out as a book is beyond anything I ever thought I would achieve.

If they do make it as a TV show, I know my cast! Haha!

 

Have you got any other writing projects planned?

I have a ‘to write list’ which has in total, 33 books on it not including One by One and Doorways. Five of those ideas have come in the last 4 months so it just keeps getting bigger. My brother, who is an independent games designer (Windy Beard Games) has approached me to write a story for an upcoming game and I have designs for 2 more revenge books to compliment One by One as a revenge trilogy.

It never stops!

 

What advice do you have for anyone wanting to write their first novel?

Literally, just do it. I don’t mean to sound like Nike, however it will not write itself. About four years ago, my brother and I saw an advert for a run of the mill, terrible Adam Sandler film. I started whinging about how rubbish like that gets made and my brother made the good point: because someone wrote it

There is no point talking about it unless you are going to get on with it. It will not happen overnight and sometimes it can be a bit of a slog. But if you can put the hard work in, you will get so much out of it.

 

Describe a day in your life.

I usually wake up tired because I really should go to bed earlier. I go to my job (such fun times) and then when I get back, I regularly exercise, ensure I get an hour of writing in and then usually chill out with some TV, a film or Xbox. The lovely lady has gotten me into The Apprentice this season, so I watch that on Wednesdays.

 

Who are your favourite authors?

I have a number of authors that I avidly read. Justin Cronin has written my favourite book, The Passage and its sequel, The Twelve. City of Mirrors, although 2 years delayed, has been confirmed for next year so I cannot wait. Big, heavy books but never has a vampire/wasteland/end of the world story been so compelling.

Others such as Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly are a given. I have been reading Leigh Russell’s Geraldine Steel books and am looking forward to her spin off series. I have met Leigh a couple of times and she is a real inspiration and is always so lovely and encouraging. I highly recommend her.

I have become acquainted with a number of authors this year. We are a crazy bunch but they are all so talented and great to chat to. I cannot recommend Karen Long, Tim Adler and Paddy Magrane enough if you want a good crime thriller. If you want to be creeped out, then I suggest picking up Hellbound by David McCaffrey. All of them are must read authors for me from now on!

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Usually wish for more spare time!

I do keep very busy. I work a full time job so a lot of spare time is taken up with writing and other book related things. I like to keep healthy and exercise regularly. Beyond that, I like reading, films, TV, gaming and winding up my lovely lady. The usual stuff really.

 

Author Bio

Born and raised in North West London and now residing in Hertfordshire, Robert Enright has been writing for over 10 years. His debut novel –ONE BY ONE – was self published on Amazon in March 2015, receiving critical acclaim and was nominated for Books Go Social Book of the Year 2015. The violent, revenge thriller gave Rob a path into crime fiction, but the constantly embraced geek within him went a different way.

2016 will see the release of DOORWAYS – published by Urbane Publications – the first in the Bermuda Jones series, a dark sci-fi about an agency dealing with the threat of a parallel world. He can’t wait to write the whole series – if he can put down his Xbox controller or his Nerf Guns!

 

Links

‘One by One’ Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Robert-Enright-ebook/dp/B00UUBNRHW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/robenrightauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/REnright_Author

Urbane Publications Author Page: http://urbanepublications.com/book_author/robert-enright/

 

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