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Today I’m not on a blogtour, but doing my own interview with C. D. Steele, author of ‘False Truth’, to promote his book!
Before I let you read my Q&As, I’ll first post some ‘basic’ information.
About the Author :
C. D. Steele works as an Executive Officer in the Civil Service. He has a degree in Recreation Management and lives in Bangor, County Down. This is his first novel.
The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth…
Private Investigator and former MI6 agent Joe Wilde is hired by Sally Devlin to investigate her son’s disappearance. Liam Devlin was a rising football star. His car was found abandoned at Lea Bridge in Hackney, a known suicide spot, six weeks prior.
With help from friend and retired MI6 Data Technician Mark Thompson, Joe uncovers a huge secret in Liam’s life. Putting the pieces together, he starts to suspect that this case is far more complex than he originally envisioned. Falling ever-deeper into his own investigations, Joe meets with the detective in charge of the case, D. I. Carl Whatmore, who does not take kindly to Joe getting involved.
As Joe and D. I. Whatmore go head-to-head in their own investigations, more lives are put in danger. But who will crack the case? Only time will tell…
First of all thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it. Here we go! 🙂
Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Hello, my first name is Christopher, I live in Bangor Northern Ireland and I work as an Executive Officer in the Civil Service.
When Northern Ireland first went into lockdown becuse of the Covid-19 pandemic at the end of March last year, for the next few months I only had to go into work every other week. This gave me alot more spare time at home, so with not being able to go out and do anything I decided to use this spare time to try and write my own mystery thriller novel. It took me two and half months to write and at the end I was quite pleased with what I had managed to come up with. I sent out my manuscript to half a dozen UK publishers who accept submissions from first time authors, more in hope than expectation and to my great surprise two got back to me offering me publishing deals. I chose what I considered was the best offer and that was with The Book Guild.
Which books did/do you love to read as a child/now as a grown-up?
I wasn’t really much of a bookworm when I was a child, I did read a few of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret Seven stories. The reading bug only took hold of me after reading Jeffery Deaver’s James Bond novel Carte Blance about ten years ago. I liked the way it brought Bond in to the 21st cetury, it had a terrific plot, brilliant description of the locations and the pacing was perfect.
As well as Jeffery Deaver other authors who’s novels I really enjoy include Jeffrey Archer, Paul Finch, R.D Wingfiled, James Henry, Brad Parks and Chris Brookmyre.
Is there a writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
It would have to be Jeffrey Archer, he is such a brilliant storyteller and his creating of memorable characters is in my opinion unparalleled.
If you could, which fictional character (from your own book(s) or someone else’s) would you like to invite for tea and why?
It would have to be James Bond. He is quite a complex character but is also suave, sophisticated, intellegent and just think of the stories he could tell! Although instead of having him round for tea, perhaps share a vodka martini instead ‘shaken not stirred’ obviously.
Do you have some rituals or habits whilst writing?
None at all.
Where do you come up with your idea(s)? Do people in your life need to be worried? 😉
A little bit from the internet, but mostly from what I dream up in my head. People in my life need not worry.
Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow, as a pantser?
I am very much a pantser. I think up a starting point and an end point but how I get from the start to the end is very much a case of making it up as I go along.
Can you give novice writers some tips (do’s/don’ts)?
Having only one novel to my name I still consider myself very much a novice. False Truth was my very first attempt at writing a novel, I have never attended any creative writing courses. Based on my very limited experiience if I was going to offer one bit of advice it would be to trust your instincts, if you are a pantser like me your first idea will probably be your best.
What are your futureplans as an author?
My immediate plan is to write a trilogy of Joe Wilde mystery thrillers. I have already written the second one.
Last, but not least : Can you give my readers one teaser from your book, which is featured here on my blog, please?
Well the private investigator Joe Wilde was formerly an MI6 agent and as I have mentioned a couple of times a particularly famous fictitious spy so perhaps it won’t come as too much of a surprise that False Truth is influenced slightly by the James Bond Novels. But don’t be mistaken, this isn’t my attempt at writing a Bond novel but with a different spy. I have tried to come up with something original and lets just say the footballer Liam Devlin’s disappearance is just the tip of the iceberg!
Isn’t that a great reason to pick up this book and to find out more?!
Thanks once again for this lovely interview, C. D. Steele.
The Magic of Wor(l)ds
P.S. Are you an author (or publisher) who also wants a FREE interview like this? You can always contact me via e-mail!