Can you believe it’s September, already? Time is flying by far too quickly for comfort, but autumn certainly brings with it a host of exciting book releases, not to mention the changing colours of the landscape as I look out of my study window across Northumberland. This week, I’m delighted to introduce a fellow north-eastern writer as part of my series of ‘Author Introductions’ – please welcome Trevor Lince to the blog!
Trev Lince originates from Marske-by-the-Sea on the north-east coast of England, but now lives in Darlington with his wife, Claire. Their daughter, Annie, is a very good guitarist and is setting up a band, playing every pub in the north-east that she can. She’s so rock and roll, living the dream while her father is approaching his mid-life crisis. A keen golfer and frustrated Middlesbrough FC fan, Trev gets to as many matches as work and leisure time allow. He writes in what little spare time he has, when not working as an I.T. consultant for a major oil company in Surrey. Room 119 – The Whitby Trader is Trev’s first book and he really enjoyed the experience of writing it. Who knows? He may have a few more stories bursting to get out of his head. He would like to thank those of you who have already devoured his debut novel!
[Blogger’s Note: my dad is a fellow frustrated ‘Boro fan and I’m pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before he puts pen to paper…coincidence?!]
Let’s find out more…
- Tell us a little about yourself – don’t be shy!
I’m approaching fifty, perilously close to a mid-life crisis – so I had a dream and wrote a book… doesn’t everyone?!
- How about your latest book – what can readers look forward to when they pick it up?
Room 119 –The Whitby Trader was published in December 2017 and the readers so far have been very kind, 98% of UK reviews on Amazon are 4 or 5 stars. It’s a mash of genres so tends to appeal to most people. If you like thrills and spills, twists and turns then this one is for you. Warning… you may cry, everyone seems to, although I’m not sure whether it’s happy or sad tears. You’ll have to find out!
I’m working on my second novel, ‘The Funicular’, and it should be published around November. It’s a mysterious detective story based around Saltburn-by-the-Sea’s cliff lift.
- Who is your hero in real life and in fiction?
Good question. In real life, I guess some footballer or musician. In fiction? Hard to say…
- Who are your three favourite writers – and why?
Terry Pratchett – I loved the humour and I hope my style has a bit of Pratchett in there.
Stephen King – I’ve only read one book of his, Mr Mercedes, but that was after I had a dream about mine so I expect I read it differently thinking more about the writing than just the book.
I guess I’m not allowed to say L J Ross, although I read Holy Island on holiday and loved it. I personally learned a great deal about structure and pace….but, if you’re out, then I would say CJ Tudor. The Chalk man is probably the best book I have read as it seems to have a love-hate relationship with the readers and, although there are a couple of things I would have done differently, I loved it nevertheless.
- When you’re not writing, what is your favourite way to spend your time?
When not working, I enjoy golf, playing football, cycling and supporting Middlesbrough FC.
- What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Getting a book published after only ever reading eleven books prior to that and receiving an ‘E’ for English at school. Everyone has a book in them, and I’m living proof.
- What was your favourite book as a child?
Unusually, I didn’t read much as a child. I wasn’t allowed to take English Literature at school as the teachers had given up on me; I think I did handwriting classes instead.
- Have you read any books recently that have really captured your imagination?
Holy Island, only the second detective story I have read and I loved the structure and pace.
The Chalk Man, written in the first person which I think I would find very difficult and I’m not sure if it would suit my style, although I admired the author for executing it successfully in that book.
- If the Prime Minister knocked at your front door and asked to borrow a book, which one would you recommend they read?
Room 119 – The Whitby Trader. Indie-authors have it hard enough, anyone who knocks on my door is fair game.
- Finally, if you could be any character from a movie, which would it be?
P T Barnham in The Greatest Showman. It was a great film and I reckon I could learn that hat thing…plus, I do card magic in my spare time, not that I have any!
…Thanks, Trev! Some great answers there and, I agree, it can be hard to write in the first person. I wrote around fifty thousand words of a novel and found it quite a shift from my usual perspective! Wishing you every success with Room 119 and I hope the mid-life crisis lasts long enough for you to write the next book J
For now, I’m wishing you all a happy and healthy week!
Until next time…