Could you tell us a little
bit about yourself?
In October of last year,
I celebrated 50 years of (mostly) happy marriage to my wife, Sylvia, as well as
my 80th Birthday. We have two children and four grandchildren and have
lived in Meopham, Kent since 1963, apart from spells in Hong Kong (2
years), Cyprus (6 months) and Norway (4 years). Played cricket, tennis and
football. Have written as a hobby for 45 years and have produced numerous short
stories, several plays and a number of half-finished novels - A Pattern of
Shadows is the only one of the latter I have completed.
Describe your book ‘A
Pattern of Shadows’ in 30 words or less.
Set in the first month
of The Great War, APOS chronicles its effect on the lives of three young people
who have grown up together in a small Kentish village.
What was the hardest part
of writing your book?
Researching the period,
which is why it took 6 years to write.
What books have had the
greatest influence on you?
Victory; R.C.Sherriff Journy's End; H.G.Wells War
of the Worlds; John Terraine The Right of the Line; Len
Deighton Bomber; Bill Bryson Notes From a Small Island;
Derek Robinson Piece of Cake.
Briefly share with us what
you do to market your book?
Not a lot, although I
have spent (for me) quite a lot of money with Trafford trying to manipulate
various social sites like Facebook. The truth is, I find the whole process
extremely boring and overly time consuming. I have also listed the book on
Amazon Kindle and reduced the price to £1. I think I have sold 3.
How do you spend your time
when you are not writing?
Very involved with the
local Amdram group, mostly on backstage stuff. They have been kind enough to
produce two of my full-length plays.
What are you working on
a play I'd previously set to one side as well as intermittently
writing a novel based in the 1950s.