Welcome to another Blog Tour Stop. I hope you are enjoying it so far. Today I have an interview with Author of Deadly Burial Jon Richter. First though, let's whet your appetite with the blurb.
When DI Chris Sigurdsson is assigned a grisly murder case on remote Salvation Island, he knows that it might be his strangest yet.
A forgotten wrestling star of the 1980s has been poisoned whilst in the ring, and amidst the slippery lies of his dangerous opponents, unravelling the victim’s murky past is almost impossible.
And as a storm threatens to cut Salvation Island off from the mainland, the race is on for Sigurdsson to find the ruthless killer before he strikes again…
1. What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I have wanted to be a writer ever since I was about seven years old and wrote my first gory adventure thriller!! As an adult, my struggle has been to fit writing in along with my (much less interesting) job as an accountant - but as I have grown older I've realised that you don't need months off work to craft the perfect novel, you just need to push yourself to squeeze in some writing time whenever you can, and don't be too much of a perfectionist... the hard bit is actually finishing something! I am hopeful that my career can gather some momentum now that I have two books under my belt, and one day who knows, maybe I will be able to take some time out of the bean-counting rat race...
2. Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
The main thing I wanted to achieve with the main character of Deadly Burial was for him NOT to be a cliched 'troubled detective'... so he has no drink problem, he doesn't smoke, he isn't old and out of shape, he isn't dealing with a debilitating physical injury... he is likeable and friendly and polite, and perhaps most importantly he ISN'T a fantastically talented prodigy!! My hope is that readers will be better able to identify with him and with the bizarre events that he encounters on Salvation Island...
3. Would you mind sharing a favourite quote from your book?
Of course not! Writing this book gave me lots of opportunities to describe a faded, hauntingly desolate seaside resort... infested with wild rabbits! I quite like the following passage:
'He stopped running, approaching the fence, squinting through the rain and fog.
There were rabbits everywhere. The ground was pocked with holes like cavities in rotten teeth, and hundreds of the creatures squatted near these entrances, ears and noses twitching as they sniffed at piles of garbage or chewed at forlorn clumps of grass. He wondered how many more of them were beneath the ground, the ones not hungry enough to be driven out into the rain. Maybe the big, strong ones sent their emaciated cousins out to forage for them. Maybe there was a gigantic, monstrous King Bunny lurking somewhere deep within the bowels of the island.'
4. Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book/s? (* please provide a link to trailer if you have one)
I don't I'm afraid! I'm very much a 'newbie' to the world of book publishing and promotion, but will certainly look at this for future projects.
5. Where do your ideas come from?
In general, I am a huge fan of thrillers, horror, and psychologically disturbing stories... and not just in written form! I enjoy TV, movies, video games... any way to tell a gripping and horrifying tale. I have a very clear idea of what I find gripping and am trying to replicate that in original ways when I write. Deadly Burial is, at its core, an old-school whodunit novel about a murdered professional wrestler - with its cast of larger-than-life characters, that industry seemed to me an untapped goldmine for such a story!!
6. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I often spend a long time plotting... and then as I write, completely changing it! It is definitely a good idea to be flexible and prepared to veer off course if the narrative heads in that direction... but with an overall goal still in mind, to avoid heading down too many blind alleys.
7. Do you write every day, 5 days a week or as and when?
Unfortunately it's 'as and when' - I like to devote and entire day to writing whenever I can, but usually have to make do with a few hours here and there!
8. Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
I tend to set myself a goal at the start, e.g. 'I will get to this bit of the story by the end of the day'. That way the story is progressing and I feel a sense of achievement regardless of the word count... quality rather than quantity!
9. How much research do you do?
Whenever I find myself writing something and realise I'm completely winging it, I tend to accept defeat and do some googling!! But I won't lie... if I'm writing something that I think is exciting or entertaining, I can sometimes be guilty of applying a bit of artistic licence...
10. Do you ever get writer’s Block?
Nope!! I sometimes get a bit bogged down if a writing session isn't going well, but usually I have many more ideas than I have hours to write them! I write a lot of short stories, which is a great way to 'crystallise' an idea and either get it out of your system, or decide that it might merit further fleshing out...
11. What book/s are you reading at present?
I have just finished The Secret History of Twin Peaks!! I am absolutely addicted to the new series of the show and had heard that the novel sets up a lot of the action taking place in it, and decided to splash out on the hardback version. I wasn't disappointed! It's presented as a sort of multimedia FBI evidence dossier... almost too beautiful to want to actually handle!
12. Do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I think that artists should be paid for their work, be they writers, musicians or painters... so I think free distribution might be a helpful tactic to generate publicity, but should be used sparingly. But as mentioned above, I am a complete newbie to this whole professional writing lark! :-)
13. Did you format your own book?
The book was published by HarperCollins so I was lucky enough to have a team formatting it for me, providing a cover, etc. But I have since published a book of my own that I formatted myself, and had a fantastic cover made for me... and to be honest, I enjoyed that one more, because I had more creative freedom in terms of the final output!
14. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
Something with video games I think... I have a text adventure that you can play for free online (check out 'A Story Of Salvation' on www.textadventures.co.uk!) and I'd love to know how to produce something with graphics... but again, only as a mechanism for story-telling! I believe that video games and their inherently interactive nature can provide some truly unique and incredible story experiences that no other medium can deliver.
15. Are there any more ideas for future books on the cards?
Yep!! My second book, Jon Richter's Disturbing Works (Volume One) is already out, so please check it out if you like your short stories dark and twisted...
16. Advice to aspiring writers?
I think short stories are the way to go. Just write a few, churn out your maddest, wildest ideas... and before you know it, one of them will just magically grow into a book!
Jon Richter lives in London and spends most of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister alter ego, an accountant called Dave. When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a good story. Jon writes whenever he can and hopes to bring you more disturbing stories in the very near future. If you want to chat to him about this, or about anything at all, you can find him on Twitter @RichterWrites, or visit his website at www.jon-richter.com.
Prize is an eBook copy of the book