What’s the hardest part about being an author?
I guess the whole business of getting out there and selling oneself, and ultimately selling the books, is the hardest part. The writing is the easiest part for sure, and the most enjoyable too, where I can just beetle off in the company of my favourite characters for a lovely afternoon, and just hope they are not in a murderous frame of mind.
The whole selling thing doesn’t come naturally to me, and that’s where bookblog tours like this one really help, and I’m grateful for that, for it helps to get the word out there, but it is something one just has to do, the promotion part, pluck up the courage, steel yourself, and get out there and talk about your latest story. Even the most famous writers have to do that.
When I first started I began writing under a pen name, just in case anyone knew who I really was, so at least I have come a long way since then. Now, I’ll talk to anyone anywhere, so watch out – and tell me off, just as soon as I become a writing bore!! It won’t be too long.
Can you give us a short synopsis of The Inconvenient Unborn?
Be delighted to. It’s about two families, the Cazenoves and the Wilsons, who are so different in every way, and traditionally stuck on opposite sides in any way you care to mention or imagine. But the teenage kids adore each other, so that traditional rivalry and dislike comes under great pressure when the kids start getting together. It’s set in England in the near future in quite different times, but no matter the date on the calendar, some things, like life and birth and love and death, are just the same for every generation.
What inspired you to write this book?
I had been thinking of writing a family conflict/family saga type thing for a long time. There is something very warming and soothing and interesting about such things, rival families, and the whole growing up and courting scenario, (that’s a horrid word, I don’t usually use that one!) and there always has been, going right back to Jane Austin, who came from round here in the south of England, right up through Little Women and any number of modern titles you care to name.
So I thought, how can I make this a little more interesting, another strand to the story, if you will? And it might surprise you when I say I considered throwing in a political element into the mix. Oh, don’t worry, I am not preaching from any particular standpoint. I was very careful about that, to keep my own views well away from intruding. Two different families, two opposing views, so plenty of balance.
And you may say that youngsters, teens and twenties, are just not interested in politics, but recent history has shown that they damn well are. You only have to look at last year’s Scottish referendum where sixteen-years-olds had the vote for the first time, and turned out in their droves to record almost record turnouts, and we’ve seen that in many other countries too, where new political parties and new politicians have appeared, and galvanized the populace of all ages, but particularly the young, to take an interest, and canvas, and get out there and vote.
I wasn’t sure it would work well in the book, but the more I wrote the better it all seemed to fall into place, and people who have read it seem to agree with me. Maybe they are just being polite, though I hope not.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
Of course it varies, but I am lucky in that I work from home. I am a bookseller – I have more than 12,000 books in the house, and don’t ask me where they are, because they are everywhere, even under the bed! One good thing about that is that I am never short of something to read!
But it gets me out of bed in the morning, the knowledge that I have to find and send out today’s orders, and once that is done I have my “me time”, where I can open my box of tricks and dive in and see where the current story, and naughty boys, (and naughty girls!) take me.
Sometimes I write for an hour or two, but on other days when the characters are really interesting, and buzzing along, and more than likely up to no good, I can happily sit and type for eight hours or more.
My computers are proof of that, for the letters on the keys have almost all worn off, and that is testament to the fact that a couple of centuries ago I learnt to type on big old clanking machines where you had to strike the keys really hard to achieve the desired result. Old habits die hard. Smack, smack, bang! I envy people who touch-type with a featherlite touch.
Name your top five favourite books.
Like everyone I guess they change all the time, just as my favourite songs do. But I loved John Grisham’s The Painted House. That made me cry, and anything that does that has to be looked at seriously. I really enjoy Lee Child’s Jack Reacher books too, you can pick any of them, they are almost one long book, but I guess the earlier fresher ones would take it, like The Killing Floor. I’d have to have a John Le Carré in there as well.
Personally I think the older Soviet spy ones are more engaging, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, perhaps. Maybe that’s because I come from that generation, and then a Robert Harris one too, probably Fatherland, although any one would suffice. Also Philip K Dick’s The Man in The High Castle, a similar thing to Fatherland, really intrigued me, so how many is that? Also Pip, better known as Great Expectations from Mister Dickens, is one that I can always go back to anytime.
So, I’ve cheated a little, there’s six I reckon, but as I said, they could easily change next week. I am reading, (and proofreading) a book for a lady friend of mine right now, and I might put that in there too, it’s that good.
And if my selections are a too macho bunch for your taste, I’ll own up and say that I have read quite a few chicklitty type things lately, and you might be surprised, but I really enjoyed most of them.
What are you working on now?
I have finished two more Inspector Walter Darriteau murder mysteries, if you like that kind of thing. “The Murder Diaries – Seven Times Over” and “The Sound of Sirens” are already out there.
These stories are based in Chester in the north-west of England where I used to live and work, and I am just looking to find the time to get the two new ones out there too, so there could be another bookblog tour coming your way soon!!!
Beyond that, I have now started writing about a man who can’t forget the girl he sat next to in junior school for four years. It’s about his quest to find her, though she remains frustratingly out of reach, for every time he thinks he knows where she is, she’d just moved on to something and somewhere and someone new. It’s provisionally entitled “Teardrops and Smiles”, though that could well change.
I’m also writing another non-fiction book. I write a few of them, and though they are not anywhere near as enjoyable to write, frustratingly, they always seem to sell much better, and put food on the table.
Thanks for the interview, and your interest in my stuff.
Have a great day, and make sure you find time to have fun,
Title: The Inconvenient Unborn
Author: David Carter
Genre: Family Drama / Political Thriller
England in the near future –
Though you may not like what you see.
The Cazenoves and the Wilsons don’t get along, leastways the parents don’t – the teenage kids adore each other, but when the oldest Wilson girl falls pregnant, sparks fly.
Donald Cazenove just happens to be Fred Wilson’s boss, but Fred isn’t without influence himself, being the senior shop steward, and the business is struggling anyway, and a strike could play havoc with Donald’s figures.
“The Inconvenient Unborn” is set in England in the near future where after years of austerity, a left wing Labour Party has been returned to power with a huge majority, and they now intend to change Britain forever. They have a mandate. They have conviction. They have momentum.
And then there’s a state visit to Britain by the most powerful man on the planet, Yuri Premakov, the Russian President, and his precocious and very beautiful film star wife, Tamara, bringing gifts of gas and oil and energy, at a price, and he’s scheduled to visit Lymington on the south coast, where most of this book is set.
So who wins out? The Cazenoves or the Wilsons, and what exactly are Yuri Premakov and his vast entourage up to in Britain?
“The Inconvenient Unborn” will take you on a journey you can barely imagine.
I have been writing for longer than I care to remember. Even as a ten year old child I would design my own newspaper and fill it with family news, much to my mother’s amusement when she once found a copy containing a story that she didn’t fully approve of!
My writing started seriously when I was in business and I was approached to write a column, and that developed into writing columns for newspapers and magazines in many fields, including computing, commodities, farming, property, sport, philately, business and small business, many of which I have actually been paid good money for, and that always brings a nice feeling that never goes away.
My syndicated online articles have now been read by over 300,000 people across the globe and show no sign of slowing down.
It was a fairly small step after that to writing books and I have now written more than a dozen, both fiction and non fiction, and I try to write and complete at least one full length book every year.
Like most writers and aspiring writers I have many more in the pipeline, both part finished, abandoned, or in an unedited state, and finding the time to complete them is always the big enemy there.
Ideally, I would like to find a literary agent who could assist me in taking my writing to the next level, so if you are out there and you like what you see and read then do please get in touch.
Besides writing I sell books for a living and currently have more than 10,000 titles in the house and please don’t ask me where they all are because the simple answer is that they are pretty much everywhere!
I am currently working on a new Inspector Walter Darriteau novel and after that I may go back to writing a sequel to Gringo Greene, though ordinarily I prefer to write something completely fresh, rather than revisiting old ground.
It always amazes me that someone like Lee Child can write book after book featuring the same character and similar adventures, though all best wishes to him for he has been incredibly successful.