Beating procrastination down with a stick to get a story idea down into a cohesive first draft. Once you overcome the urge to procrastinate, the rest may still be a challenge, but it’s a hell of a lot easier. I procrastinated for ages before I wrote my first novel, though I wrote lots of short stories and even some novellas. However now I’ve firmly got the novel writing bug and I can’t be stopped!
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
The Watcher, my debut crime thriller, launched on June 21st, and is published by Crooked Cat Books. It’s a dark, twisted, psychological thriller that takes you right into the mind of a psychopath, and shows readers how he became the way he became.
It’s a novel about sexual obsession, emotional abuse, and vengeance, and if you like a book that keeps you guessing right until the end, you might enjoy this one. When I was writing this book I attempted to answer a question that I had often wondered about, which is, are psychopaths born or are they made?
What inspired you to write this book?
I’ve often wondered what makes a psychopath. Someone who can derive pleasure in sadism, in hurting others, is very alien to me personally but intriguing all the same. My fascination with psychopaths over the years has led me to study infamous serial killers, read numerous serial killer novels, and watch an unlimited amount of true crime documentaries, and psychological thrillers. One day, a germ of a story idea came into my mind, so I marinated on it for a while, and procrastinated a lot. Eventually I actually put fingers to keyboard and The Watcher came into being.
The book was also inspired by London, where I lived, and I drew heavily from the urban landscape. It seems to me the anonymity of a huge metropolis like London, where everything’s moving so fast and people are used to meeting strangers, would make it the perfect place for a serial killer to conceal himself.
How many hours per day do you spend writing?
As well as being an author, I’m also a professional copywriter, so I spend at least eight hours every day working on some form of writing, whether it’s a manuscript or a job for a client. Writing is almost as natural as breathing to me now, it’s how I navigate the world
Name your top five favorite books.
Lord Of The Flies by William Golding.
Tess Of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.
America Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis.
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov.
The entire Inspector Morse series by Colin Dexter.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on my second crime thriller, and am about 1/8 of the way through. The killer in my new book is a very different kind of killer to the one in The Watcher because this one actually wants to stop! He’s very stunted emotionally but also full of repressed rage, which makes him extremely dangerous. This new novel will cover a lot of different themes including misogyny, possessiveness and sexual jealousy, virtual reality, and abandonment
Title: The Watcher
Author: Eli Carros
Genre: Crime Thriller
One man must stop a psychopath in his tracks…
Chief Inspector Jack Grayson is hunting a serial killer terrorizing London, a stalker who watches his prey carefully and displays the bodies of his young female victims brazenly. But Grayson has a problem – only one lead and scant evidence – and the body count is rising.
He discovers that an unsolved 18-year-old murder case bears all the hallmarks of the current killings, but he still can’t seem to find a single, obvious suspect, and he is so far unable to outthink a master predator.
Grayson must catch a hunter who knows how to outwit the police – a showman intent on completing his macabre collection. But he’s missing a vital clue, a critical piece of the puzzle. When he finally discovers the killer’s identity, he’s completely unprepared for the fallout…
I’m a crime fiction and thriller author from London, England and my debut novel, The Watcher, was inspired by London, and by what can happen when sexual obsession, violence, emotional neglect, and madness collide. It takes you behind the eyes of a murderous stalker with a secret past, and into the mind of the harried detective who must stop a master predator before he kills again.
I’m a trained journalist, and interned at The Daily Mirror before becoming copywriter and then a crime novelist. I’ve always loved reading crime, thrillers, and mystery suspense, and am an ardent admirer of authors Steven King, Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben, and Patricia Cornwell.
I’m naturally a strong supporter of causes that promote equality for all. In my spare time I love sailing, camping, hiking, and sketching faces, and detest getting up in the morning without several cups of strong percolated coffee.