Do you have any advice for writers? Never give up. A lot of people say that and it does become annoying to hear, but it’s true. Also, don’t listen to the literary agents. If you like the book and you really believe in it, publish it yourself. My first book was rejected by a dozen agents, a couple of months later (after I had given up and then decided that it was too good to leave) I published it myself and sold 10k copies in the first month.
What do you do to unwind and relax? Whiskey and television. I prefer the good kinds of both, but I’ll accept cheap and nasty.
What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? I’ve realized just what it feels like to know that whatever I write will be read. Which has not always been the case.
Tell us a bit about your family. My family is very working class, born and raised in the North East of England. I’m the black sheep of the family.
They’re great people, but of course I would say that. My parents have recently retired, my brother (Graham Jester in “The Line, the Itch and the Rabbit Hole”) is a mechanic and has three children with the girl from the end of the book.
I’m happily engaged to a wonderful woman who I’m sure I annoy the hell out of.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? I procrastinate. A lot. I waste a lot of time reading comedy news sites and gambling money I don’t have on games I don’t know how to play. I think I’m prolific as a writer, I tend to get a lot done when I get my head down and I can meet deadlines, but it would be so much easier if I pulled my finger out of my arse and used it to type something worthwhile.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? I’m really proud of everything that is happening with David Jester and with the other alias. I never thought things would take off like this and I constantly have to pinch myself. As with any self-employed job, there are a lot of doubts and worries, but I’m delighted to be where I am.
What is your favorite food? I’m vegetarian and I’m also a lazy eater. So probably something with cheese or chips.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I’ve always read and can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to read. I read my father’s Stephen King books when I was really young and had devoured my own collection of Roald Dahl and R L Stine. After that I tried writing myself. It took a few years before I wrote anything coherent, but I loved it.
How long have you been writing? I started really young, then I put it aside for a few years when adolescence got in the way. I picked it up again when I was 18 as a form of escapism. My first story was published in a local magazine and I’ve been writing ever since. There did follow ten years of practically nothing (barring a collection of rejection letters) but it was worth it.
Evergreen is the peaceful, idyllic home for a bustling traveler community. It is home to Patrick Ryan, the figurehead of the community; home to Aidan McCleary, Patrick’s mentor and friend; home to scores of youngsters and generations of families. But now Evergreen is also home to a sadistic serial killer, someone who is targeting the youngsters of this once peaceful community.
They know the killer lives among them, know that one of their own is tearing this small community apart. They want to deal with it themselves, to track down the killer and deliver their own justice, but can they find him before he rips their home apart?
Evergreen is a serial killer thriller/whodunnit with a macabre and sinister slant. A book not for the faint hearted.
Novella length. Approximately 23.000 words (100 pages)
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Genre – Horror
Rating – PG13
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