Given that my dad's been driving around in a 1974 Triumph Stag for a number of years (weather permitting), I naturally gravitated towards David Young's updates on Twitter about his adventures publishing his debut novel, Stasi Child and the latest blog tour for the new release, Stasi Wolf simply because he has a tendency to turn up at book signings in the UK with a 1972 Wartburg 353 estate - until recently, that is.
High time to catch up with David and chat about his latest release and find out what's going on with the car, I thought.
Please welcome to the blog this week, David Young.
What attracted you to writing in the crime/thriller genre? Was there a particular author that inspired you to do so?
In my very early years I was a big Enid Blyton fan – things like ‘The Mystery of …’ series. Then as a teen, I’d devour thrillers by writers like Helen MacInnes and Alistair MacLean. But it was actually a Barbara Vine story that inspired my first effort at a novel, for all the wrong reasons. Her novel was Grasshopper. I’ve enjoyed many Barbara Vine and Ruth Rendell books, but I thought this was a stinker and very unrealistic. So I had a stab at my own crime thriller set on the Isle of Wight. I couldn’t find a publisher, though, so ended up self-publishing about fifteen years ago.
Do you outline/plot, or do you prefer to start at the beginning and see where the story takes you? Why do you prefer this method of writing?
I’m definitely an outliner/plotter – not a ‘pantser’. I like to know where I’m heading. I’ll outline in detail, with ideas written out for each chapter. This might vary slightly as I progress the first draft, but – in general – I stick to my plan.
How do you structure a typical day to ensure you avoid distractions and hit your word count targets?
I set aside blocks of weeks for first-draft writing. So I tend to write in spurts. I’ll set my self a daily word count, and then if I don’t hit it, I force myself to catch up the next day. That’s the best way to avoid distractions!
David, thank you so much for being a guest on my blog today - and I'll keep my fingers crossed the Wartburg makes a full recovery soon!
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Stasi Child - Amazon.com
Stasi Child - Amazon.co.uk
Stasi Wolf - Amazon.com
Stasi Wolf - Amazon.co.uk
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