This week on Ink Drop Interviews, please help me to welcome Richard Godwin, author of ‘MR. GLAMOUR’ and ‘APOSTLE RISING’.
IDI – Hi Richard, nice to have you here today. Let me get right to it with something I love to ask writers, only because their responses are so varied. Who is your favorite author, and why?
RG – Honestly I think that is hard to answer, there are so many. To name four:
Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Leonard and Ben Jonson.
I give my answers respectively. Dostoyevsky changed the course of the novel with Crime and Punishment and went deeper into his characters than anyone before him, Dickens was the greatest storyteller of all time and had exquisite style, Leonard is the tightest most disciplined crime writer, Jonson was a genius and is the most underrated writer of all time, since he was competing with Shakespeare.
IDI – Are your stories plot or character driven?
RG – Character driven. They are the life blood of a story.
IDI – Pen and paper or computer and Word? The bustle of Barnes and Noble or the quiet of your study? Tell us, what is your most productive/inspiring setting?
RG – Anywhere with any tool I have to hand. Usually on my laptop.
IDI – What are you working on now? Can we get a peek?
RG – I am writing the sequel to Apostle Rising . Too early to tickle your taste buds, but for those of you who know how dark the rich tapestry of my story is, many questions will be answered.
IDI – Can you tell us about your new novel, ‘MR GLAMOUR’?
RG – My debut, Apostle Rising published by Black Jackal Books, did really well and has sold foreign rights throughout Europe.
Mr. Glamour is about a world of beautiful women with wealthy husband, people who can buy their safety against anything except the killer in their midst. Here’s a bit more for you.
Something dark is preying on the glitz of the glamour set. DCI Jackson Flare and Inspector Mandy Steele investigate a series of bizarre killings targeting the wealthy and glamorous. Cameras, designer labels, beautiful women and wealthy men fill the pages of this dark narrative that will keep you guessing until the unforeseeable end. All part of a gripping mystery novel about a glamorous world with an unknown intruder. The killer in Mr. Glamour knows all about design, he knows what brands mean to his victims. He is branding their skins. He is invading and destroying at will. And he has the police stumped.
Detective Chief Inspector Flare and Inspector Steele try to catch a killer who has climbed inside their heads. As they investigate they step into a hall of mirrors and find themselves up against a wall of secrecy. The investigation drives Flare and Steele—who are themselves harbouring secrets—to acts of darkness. And the killer is watching everyone.
It’s out now and already attracting great reviews.
IDI – Richard, what keep the fires burning for you? Within your writing, what are you the most passionate about?
RG – Telling a story, the narrative has gone on since time and the narrative exceeds time. Within it there are no restrictions, there is no ceiling. A real character lives and burns. He or she is like a meteor passing through our consciousness.
IDI – Do you have any of the eccentricities or superstitions that some writer’s have been known to have?
RG – No. I write every day, I see it like practicing my tennis serve.
IDI – We all draw from within and I believe there is an element of ‘us’ in everything we write. How much of you will a reader find in any given book?
RG – I think a lot of nonsense is spoken about this. Some writers write semi autobiographical material. It all comes from the subconscious, but how many people understand their own dreams? I think Burroughs was right when he said most writers say their best lines come from nowhere. I have never met a serial killer. Yet I write about them.
IDI – There are arguments for each side, but when writing, do you outline or sketch the entire book before you feel comfortable enough to begin your draft or do you prefer to wing-it as you go?
RG – I plan with novels, then I let the story unfold. My stories I just write.
IDI – One last question, Richard. Do you believe crime and horror are related?
RG – Definitely. More horror exists within crime than anywhere else, and my writing has been described as a mix of crime and horror.
IDI – Richard, I know you’re busy so I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to be here with me today. Best of luck to you in all of your future writing endeavors.
Richard Godwin is the author of crime novels Mr. Glamour and Apostle Rising and is a widely published crime and horror writer.
Mr. Glamour is his second novel and is out now and is available online at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Mr-Glamour-Richard-Godwin/dp/0956711332 and at all good retailers. It is about a glamorous world with a predator in its midst and has received great reviews. Pulp Metal Fiction recently published Piquant, Tales Of The Mustard Man, his culinary genius. He has sixteen books to his name. His Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse are interviews he has conducted with other writers and can be found at his blog on his website here at http://richardgodwin.net where you can also find a full list of his works. He lectured in English and American literature at London University before becoming a professional writer. His Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse are the unusual and popular interviews he holds with other writers, and you can find out more about him here
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