25 March 2019
What can you tell us Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
No, not as such. But I have a very vivid imagination, and I like to make up entire worlds in my head. It’s like my personal cinema up here, in 4D and with surround sound. One day, I’m on a pirate ship looking for a treasure and the next I’m deep in space fighting off aliens. Oh, and there’s always a good-looking cast.
Do you have any phobias?
Not a big fan of heights and not that fond of snakes and spiders either.
Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
No, I need peace and quiet. For writing, I like to be alone and in a silent environment. So I often write at home, in the living room or in bed.
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
Yes, often. It’s important to make sure your sentences flow nicely. It also helps to keep the pacing in check. For the main characters, I do the voices. It helps me make sure they “sound right”, as in they’re saying the right words, using the right expressions/idioms.
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
Bellamy Vale is Death’s PI on a retainer. He’s a good guy, former US Navy, who lost his family a few years ago. That led to some bad decisions and now he’s trying to make it up and to even the scales one case at a time.
I think that’s what I like the most about him; he’s not perfect. He’s flawed like the rest of us, and that’s important in a character.
I didn’t model him after anyone in particular. But I knew the story I wanted to tell, and that shaped him up.
Originally posted @ Edgar’s Books