Thank you to Philip Caveney for stopping by today for an author spotlight feature. Also thanks to Fledgling Press for a copy of Slithers to giveaway on our Twitter page.
After the death of his mother and the end of his father’s high-powered career, Zach
and his Dad have come to the north of Scotland to live rent-free in Grandfather
Alistair’s cliff-top cottage. Dad asks Zach to clean out the old garden pond, a rotting nightmare where not even a tadpole can survive. But when he drains the pond, he unearths something unexpected– a trapdoor leading down into darkness…
He ventures down there and discovers something amazing – a glowing egg-shaped stone. Once brought back to the surface, Zach’s run of bad luck seems to change entirely. Suddenly, he can’t seem to stop winning and even Dad’s career is unexpectedly back on track. But good luck can’t last forever…
The stone belongs to a race of ancient creatures that dwell deep beneath the ground – and they want it back.
Pretty soon, unspeakable things begin to claw their way to the surface in search of the stone – and for Zach and his new friend, Pepper, there’s one all-important question. Can they stay alive until morning?
- What book first ignited your love of reading?
It was Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury. I read it when I was thirteen years old and decided that I wanted to be a writer.
- If your current book had a theme song, what would it be and why?
The Green Manalishi by Fleetwood Mac – I can’t think of another song that pulsates with so much evil.
- Which book have you read more than once?
Well, obviously Something Wicked This way Comes – but also Lord of the Flies and Catcher in the Rye.
- Do you plan your writing or go with the flow?
I used to plan things meticulously – now I tend to create some characters, put them in a situation and allow them to give me the story.
- Do you enjoy the editing process?
‘Enjoy’ may not be the right word – but it is crucial. Every time you rewrite something it gets better.
- If you could what advice would you give your sixteen year old self?
By sixteen I was desperately trying to get my first book published. It didn’t happen for another ten years, so I guess I would say ‘don’t give up. You’ll get there.’
- Do you read your book reviews?
I probably shouldn’t but I always do. When somebody praises your efforts, it’s a great feeling. When they say nasty things, you always tell yourself ‘what do they know, anyway?’
- What is your opinion on social media and it’s unique gift of connecting writer and reader instantly?
I love social media and I spend way too much time on it. Nothing delays the writing process more than having a quick glance at Facebook and Twitter. But as a way of talking to your fans, it’s invaluable.
- If you could give one literary villain a happier ending, who would you pick and why?
I think it’s important that literary villains always get their comeuppance. So I wouldn’t reprieve any of them.
- What are you currently reading?
My daughter’s first novel. She’s currently got interest from a publisher and wanted my input.
- Where did you get the inspiration for your current novel?
I was at somebody’s house having dinner. They’d only recently moved in and there was an ancient pond in the garden that they were planning to fill in. I found myself thinking, ‘what if that pond was put there to cover over the entrance to another world…’
I can’t help it, it’s just the way my mind works.
- If your book could come with a preemptive message for the reader, what would yours say?
‘Don’t have nightmares.’
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