June 2, 2018
Voyage of Pearl of the Seas is an adventure book for preteens written by Ruth Finnegan. It is the prequel to the author’s award-winning epic romance ‘Black Inked Pearl.’
Best friends Chris and Kate, with Kate’s dog Holly, magically make a ship out of a log they found buried under the sand. Though Chris, who plans to fly the ship around the world, wants to name her Dragon, Kate successfully names her Pearl of the Seas.
However, when the time comes to sail, Kate changes her mind and turns her back leaving Chris and Holly to sail without her. Alone and regretful, Kate meets and helps an old man who helps her back in return.
This is a magical story of friendship and adventure. It features a boy and a girl who meet and learn from the kind and wise king called The King of Many Names. While the part I like most is their homecoming which reunites them to their families, the most important part of the book for me is Chris’ sacrifice in order to save Holly. It depicts how friendship is supposed to be.
However, I find the plot of the book somehow convoluted and might be difficult for young readers to follow, while the lessons imparted seem too profound for the same young readers to appreciate. Moreover, several sentences are abruptly stopped and discontinued leaving the readers to finish the sentence themselves. Also, the author seems to have a penchant for one-word sentences that some paragraphs look like a series of sentence fragments. Furthermore, I found the characters under-developed, therefore, not easy to connect with. In addition, the style of writing is not much to my liking (ex. Tumbling whirl skirl fall maul, flapping hair tumbling eyes open shutting fear what now terror hell?) Finally, I noticed some errors within the entire book (like What are holding in your hand? and they shed they burdens in peace).
Still, other readers may find it enjoyable especially those who read Black Inked Pearl.
Congratulations to Ruth Finnegan (@ruth_finnegan) on such a nice book. For more books by the author, click HERE.
Voyage of Pearl of the Seas was OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day on May 29th 2018. You may check it out at OnlineBookClub.
June 1, 2018
The Fatness: A Novel of Epic Proportions is a satirical novel written by Mark A. Rayner.
Keelan Cavanaugh, a web designer for the local university’s communications department, weighs 230 pounds. With a body mass index (BMI) of over thirty, he is obese, and according to the Revised Canada Health Act, also known as the Fat Act, obese people must be placed in Uxford County Calorie Reduction Centre (CRC-17) to slim down or they lose their health care coverage. It is Keelan’s second anniversary in CRC-17 and his failure to lower down his BMI would mean losing his job for good. When Keelan meets Jacinda Williams, he has another and more important reason to lose weight and get out of the centre.
This is a moving, funny and satirical novel with a touch of sweet and delicious romance that would melt the readers’ hearts. Not only does it shed some light on the plight of corpulent people but it also depicts the prejudice, the abuse, the mockery and taunting they have to endure because of their size. Moreover, the book portrays bureaucracy in the system and features various individuals who push their own agenda at the expense of other people.
The author creates the ideal protagonist in Keelan. He is kind, smart and sweet. He is steadfast with steely determination and enviable willpower. More than those qualities, his selfless love for Jacinda will make all female readers’ heart throb with jealousy. His body may be large, but his heart is even larger.
Needless to say, I love this book. It is funny, satirical and inspiring with a little bit of suspense. Most importantly, for a portly person like myself, I find it very relatable.
However, other readers, especially those with no weight issues, might not be as sympathetic and may not enjoy the book as much as I did. Moreover, I found a couple of typo errors that mar an otherwise flawless work.
Congratulations to Mark A. Rayner (@markarayner) on such a great book! For more books by the author, click HERE.
The Fatness was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day on May 26th 2018. You may check it out at OnlineBook Club.
May 24, 2018
Hell Holes: What Lurks Below is a paranormal novel and is the first in the two-book Hell Holes Book Series written by Donald Firesmith.
When giant holes appear overnight along the North Slope near the Arctic Circle, Kevin Kowalski, a representative of an oil company calls geology professor from University of Alaska Fairbanks Jack Oswald to fly over and investigate. Naturally, the oil company wants Jack to find out what’s causing the formation of holes and the likelihood that another one may open up under the pipeline, in which case, the company would face financial and environmental disaster.
Right away, Jacks picks his wife and colleague, Dr. Angela Menendez, a climatologist, to come with him as well as two of his graduate students, newly- weds Mark and Jill Starr. As they are preparing for their trip to the North Slope, a mesmerizingly beautiful photo-journalist, Aileen O-Shannon, invites herself and appoints herself as the fifth member of the team.
Upon their arrival, they are met by Kevin Kowalski himself and Bill Henderson, a wildlife biologist whose job is to watch over their backs and protect them from wild animals that might interfere with their research. However, no amount of planning or safety measures would prepare them for what lurks below.
With a consistently fast pacing, the book is told in the first person perspective of Professor Jack Oswald. It is intriguing and suspenseful and as soon as the action began, it didn’t stop until the last page of the book. Quite unpredictable and with surprising revelations, this book is perfect for paranormal, suspense and horror fans.
However, it seems like the author focuses more on the plot and the scene descriptions leaving the characters a little under-developed that short back stories wouldn’t hurt. Moreover, there are some noticeable errors within the entire book (like neckless instead of necklace).
May 18, 2018
That Place of Knowledge is an interesting short story by Philip Alan Shalka.
Philip is an autistic, non-verbal but adventurous 15-year old boy. Assigned to him is Sabre, an autism assistance dog who loves adventures just as much as Philip does.
Sabre enjoys their routine together including walks in the morning, relaxing by the pool and going somewhere fun in the afternoon. Then one day, Philip decides to go on an adventure. He dives onto the pool followed by Sabre, swims down the bottom and opens a secret door that leads to a magical city that resembles Ancient Greek cities where they meet the philosopher Aristotle. Within the city stands a huge building that houses several hallways of every type of knowledge. Philip, with Sabre beside him, enjoys his time talking with Aristotle and learning a lot from him about life.
Told in the first person perspective of the dog Sabre, this is a profound and moving story about being different. The author, though non-verbal but apparently smart and impressively introspective, brings up very important lessons in life: self-awareness and self-acceptance. Moreover, the book emphasizes the relevance of relaxation, simplicity, happiness and contentment, among others. Finally, the author leaves food for thought that the readers could contemplate on like:
‘Being content and satisfied are lasting forms of happiness’ and
‘The answer to the complicated questions always begins with simplicity’
This is, indeed, a great and well-written book. However, it seems like this book is written for certain types of readers as superficial ones may not appreciate it as much as those certain readers would.
May 10, 2018
Invasion of the Ortaks: The Knight is the first book in the Esthopia Sagas by Sveinn Benónýsson.
The world of Esthopia is divided into six kingdoms: Eniktronia, Serpenia, Antonia, Hergia, Montania and Otanga.
After an assassination attempt on Princess Egny, niece to King Haakon of Eniktronia and granddaughter to King Ragnar of Otanga, King Haakon sends his most trusted knight, Sir Klaus to Antonia to investigate who is behind the attempt. Meanwhile, successful merchant Christopher finds himself on the run from his home, seeking refuge in Serpenia and bearing the news about the Ortaks’ invasion.
This is an exciting and suspenseful book about knights, princesses, kings and elves. The author is able to keep the story interesting until the last pages. However, it seems like he focuses more on the description of fighting and battle scenes as well as on preparing the background for an apparently promising book series than on the plot. This results to a long list of names and places that are difficult to keep in mind, underdeveloped characters and inconclusive ending. Even the supposed climax of the book feels half-baked which leaves the readers feeling less satisfied than they should.
Still, fans of fantasy books may find it a very enjoyable book.
April 30, 2018
Patrick Kearney: The True Story of the Freeway Killer is Book 18 of True Crime by Evil Killers book series by best selling true crime author Jack Rosewood.
Patrick Kearney was a smart albeit sickly and small kid as he was growing up in Los Angeles. His short stature put him on the receiving end of insults and mockery and made him an easy target for bullies. Even then, Patrick fantasized of various ways to commit murder.
So, with his innocent and nerdy looks, Patrick lured unsuspecting boys and young men, killed them, raped them, dismembered them and disposed them in industrial-sized garbage bags.
This is an informative book about a prolific serial killer that spread terror and inspired fear in the hearts of Californians in the 70s. The book is not only coherent but also told in detached manner and sounds quite objective. The descriptions of the crime are remarkably detailed without being graphic but vivid enough to evoke empathy for the victims of the horrendous crimes.
What I find most important in this book is the depiction of the effects of bullying. If the book is to be believed, Patrick’s urge to kill, rape and dispose of his victims was his way of exacting revenge on those people who bullied him as a child. Though not all bullied children turned out to be serial killers when they grew up, Patrick Kearney’s life might have turned out differently if he wasn’t bullied.
If there’s something to like in Patrick Kearney’s story, that would be his sincere love for his partner David Hill evident in Patrick’s taking sole responsibility for the murders vindicating David of any participation in the crimes.
Except for a few noticeable errors, this is a great book perfect for fans of true crime stories. Congratulations to Jack Rosewood on an enjoyable book! For more books by the author, click HERE.
April 26, 2018
Hello there! I’m so thrilled to let you know I have been granted a Q&A by another great book author, Mr. Sheldon D. Newton. I had the honor of reviewing three of Sheldon’s books: Genna’s Fight, Thrown Away and Genna’s Ghost. All of them are uplifting and inspiring Christian Fiction novels that depict love, kindness, patience, determination and perseverance among others. Most importantly, they promote FAITH: faith in God, faith in other people and faith in oneself. I feel so proud to be given the opportunity to know Sheldon through this Q&A and I’m so happy to share this Q&A with you.
Sheldon D. Newton is a Number One best-selling author, teacher and international speaker, whose goal is to share with others their worth and value and how to embrace and fulfill their Divine purpose. For over thirty years Sheldon D. Newton is on a mission to share the foundational and practical keys to successful and victorious living, through the application of Biblical Truths which transforms lives. He is a noted author, and the senior pastor of Jesus Christ Centered Ministries, located in Nassau, Bahamas. His teachings on Kingdom living and the power of prayer will ignite you and enable you to live effectively and produce results in your personal, family and professional life.
Sheldon is the author of many books, including the 30 day life-changing devotional, MyName is Jealous; the Number One best-selling, How To Pray & Get Results; HowTo Live The Christian Life Successfully....Victoriously; Diligence, The Master Key To Achieving YourDreams; Genna's Fight (A Novel), & Humility & the Honor Of God (which is hailed as a Christian Classic). Sheldon lives in Nassau with his wife and two children.
(-from Sheldon D. Newton’s Amazon Author Page)
Q. How do you come up with the titles for your books?
I depend a lot upon inspiration. Much of the time titles just seem to come to me. I believe in God, so I believe He brings these inspirations to my heart. Also, I can get inspired to write a book just by watching people interact with each other. Sometimes when I see a situation occur, I would run a story through my mind of how I would have wanted that situation to go. So, what I am saying is that inspiration can come from anywhere. You just have to be looking for it.
Q. When, for you, is the best time to write?
I am actually not regimented to a particular time. I write during the day, and during the night. When I get an idea for a book, the inspiration for the entire book floats around in me until I basically see the whole picture in a matter of hours, or maybe a day. Then whenever I sit down to write it just flows. It’s amazing.
Q. Who or what inspired you to write your first book?
I would have to answer that by saying I believe the Bible gave me the inspiration to write my first book. It was actually based upon a subject I was studying in the Bible. It was, of course, a non-fiction book. As it pertains to my first fiction book, I believe it may have been in part because my mom was a victim of spousal abuse. My dad drank a lot, and when he did, he became violent. My mom actually left him in order to protect me. She told me that when I was a baby, he took me and threw me against a wall. That was when she decided to leave him. I hate spousal abuse, regardless of who it comes through, husband or wife. That is probably where the inspiration came from in writing “Genna’s Fight.”
Q. What is your ultimate dream as a book author?
Truthfully, I would like to help a lot of people, and inspire them to reach for their goals and dreams. I want to give people hope. All of my novels carry a basic message. That message is that regardless of what one may have experienced, and gone through, there is still hope. They do not have to give up. I want to get my books in the hands of millions of people, and hear stories of how they helped to perhaps change their lives. I would love that.
Q. What is the best thing about being a writer?
Hmmm, well, I would answer that like this. First, I love being a writer and an author. When I saw my first book, the way I felt was indescribable. And after all the books I have written, I still feel so blessed to be able to know I am an author. Second, I get thrilled when I discover that my books are being read and enjoyed by people all over the world. I do have one more desire, and that is to one day see some of my books become movies. As an author I feel I am doing what I was born to do. It is a part of my purpose for being.
Q. What are your purposes in writing books?
My first reason for writing books is to use my God-given gift and fulfill my purpose for being. It is just in me to write, and perhaps make a meaningful difference in someone’s life. Second, I write to help others by giving them the information and inspiration they need to make better life’s choices, and therefore change things in their lives. I love helping people. It is what I live for. Third, I love giving people hope. I believe that, regardless of what one has gone through, things can change for the better if they know what to do, and how to do it. In my writings, whether fiction or non-fiction, I aim to always give someone hope. Yes, I love to entertain through my novels. But to me, just entertaining without using the vehicle of books to inspire, give hope and uplift is a waste of time. People need hope. So I trust that I can provide entertainment, yes, but hope as well.
Q. When did you realize you wanted to write a book?
I would have to say that it was probably over twenty plus years ago. I wanted to write books with Bible lessons in them. I actually did not think I could write a novel. I have a dear friend whose mind is very creative. Whenever he would describe something, I am always amazed at how his mind seems to work. He could describe a scene in a way that was astounding. He is detailed. I often spoke with him about doing a novel. I mean, I spoke with him about him writing a novel. I never thought I had a detailed mind to write one myself. However, one day, I just decided, after writing many non-fiction books, that I would write a novel. I wrote “Genna’s Fight.” I was amazed at the awesome acceptance it received. People both here and abroad were telling me how much they enjoyed it, and I was asked to do a sequel, which I just released, “Genna’s Ghost.” Some even suggested, (on amazon) that it needs to be made a movie. I am amazed.
Q. What is your favorite book?
Of course, my all-time favorite is the Bible. My favorite novel is a book by Mark Victor Hansen and Robert Allen called, “The One Minute Millionaire.” The book is unique in that it has two sides to it. On the left hand side it is “non-fiction” on the principles of success. On the right hand side is a “novel,” a touching story about a mother who was about to lose her own children unless she ….. (Don’t want to give away the plot.) The story is so gripping, moving and inspiring that I had to read it to the end to see what would happen. I love that story.
Q. If “ Genna’s Fight” is ever turned into a movie, who would you like to play the role of “Genna” and why?
It is my earnest hope that Genna’s Fight gets turned into a movie. Domestic violence is so rampant and people who are victims to this evil need to see that they are not alone, and that there is hope and help if they desire it. I would love for either “Taraji P. Henson,” or “Thandie Newton to act the part of “Genna.” I believe that any one of them would be able to show and depict clearly Genna’s struggle and pain, as well as her power when she found her sanity and soundness. I have watched both women in movies in the past, so I know one of them can do a superb job with it. By the way, I can envision “Viola Davis” as “Carol,” and “Denzel Washington” or “Blair Underwood” as “Tom and Reggie” respectively.
Q. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
I would advise aspiring writers to realize that you have something to say. I am not asking if you have something to say. I am telling you that you do. One of my favorite authors said, and I quote, “Everyone has at least one good book in them.” This means you do have something to say. It may take you several times before you hit that one good book in you and get it out. But then again, it may come out the first time and make a “marked difference” in the life of others, and in your own life as well. So, write your book. I also would like to encourage you to “begin.” Master procrastination and get started. This is the major place where many people fail. They never start because they keep putting it off. Now why do people procrastinate? The reasons vary. Some procrastinate because they are afraid of what people may think of their writing. “Suppose they do not like it?” The truth is that most likely someone may not. But “someone” is not “everyone.” There is guaranteed to be someone who will enjoy your writing. So, write. Another fear people have is that they wonder if what they are writing will make any sense. That is what editors and friends are for. Ask for their opinion. Ask for their help. Never allow fear to stop you. Finally, develop a habit of writing every day, even if it is just for a few minutes. This will keep your mind active, and if you are consistent, and persistent, you will finish. So, these would be my advice to aspiring writers.
April 24, 2018
Genna’s Ghost (Will she be able to win this war?) is the sequel to Genna’sFight (Will she be able to discover her true self and get her son back intime?), an inspiring Christian fiction written by Sheldon D. Newton.
Decades had passed and Genna is now in her early seventies, a celebrated book author, extremely wealthy, married to her friend Reggie and enjoys Samuel, her son from her first marriage and Carol, her daughter with Reggie. The abuse Genna has suffered at the hands of her first husband is now a distant memory. Life seems perfect.
Then, Genna starts having strange and disturbing dreams. Her seemingly perfect world is rocked as the ghost of her painful past seems to haunt her and push her into depression and destroy the beautiful life she has with the ones she loves.
This is yet another inspiring book by author Sheldon D. Newton. It depicts the unbreakable bond that binds a family together. It shows how family members stick together and protect each other not only to keep each other safe but also to keep others safe from them.
Moreover, it portrays the importance of patience, kindness and love. Most importantly, the book shows the healing power of forgiveness: forgiving other people and forgiving oneself.
Overall, this is an enjoyable book with a relatable plot. However, the descriptions seem too detailed that they sometimes sound unnatural. Moreover, though the book can be a standalone, it can be better appreciated if the readers read the first book and the writing style can be too formal for casual and easy reading. Furthermore, some readers may find some parts of the story quite difficult to believe. Finally, there are several noticeable errors within the entire book that detract from the overall reading experience (like breath instead of breathe, mainwhile instead of meanwhile, whose instead of who’s and some misplaced quotation marks).
April 6, 2018
Katseye is the second book in the Kat’s Gift Thrillers by Harriet Redfern.
Once again, the members of the household staff of Sampfield Manor are gripped with subdued apprehension by the imminent arrival of racehorse trainer Squire James Sampfield Peveril’s distant cousin from Australia. The members’ misgivings, however, dim in comparison with how superstar jockey Merlin ap Rhys feels from the constant arrival of lurid images on his mobile phone. Seemingly, someone is trying to blackmail the popular and confident jockey by sending incriminating videos and still images that might ruin his relationship with his girlfriend. In his attempt to get to the bottom of the convoluted affair, Merlin finds himself accused of murder.
Meanwhile, Sam receives an unexpected call from the importunate owner of ‘no less than’ Katseye, Tabikat’s half-brother. The star Irish racehorse is soon to be the property of Italian aircraft manufacturer Arturo Ardizzone whose face is known to Sam from the news concerning a terrible crash of one of Ardizzone’s advanced aircraft.
As suspenseful as Tabikat, the first book in the series, Katseye is just as intriguing. Unlike the first book which focuses on the ins and outs of horseracing, however, this book depicts the wonder of modern technology and computer software and the potential catastrophe it may bring to the life of a person or to an institution when used by devious, wrathful and vengeful individuals.
Readers familiar with the author’s style may recognize the multiple and seemingly unrelated subplots would surely anticipate how she would unravel the story, identify the victim at the beginning of the book and solve the mystery in an exciting denouement.
Other readers may or may not agree with me but I genuinely love the romance part of the book. It is unpretentious, unforced and matured, showing the potential for a great love story.
However, some aviation jargon, though necessary in this book, may be confusing for some readers. Moreover, there are noticeable errors, mostly typos, within the entire book (like your hardly need my permission and Caldesi instead of Caladesi). Though they do not detract much from the overall reading experience, they are flaws nonetheless.
Congratulations to Harriet Redfern on yet another great and exciting book!
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April 1, 2018
Tabikat is the first book in the Kat’s Gift Thrillers created by Harriet Redfern.
If the unexpected visit from a long time albeit estranged friend of James Sampfield Peveril, the reclusive racehorse trainer and squire of Sampfield Grange, provokes the curiosity of the members of his household staff, the arrival of Isabella Hall as a temporary replacement office manager throws them in a state of suppressed agitation. Apparently, the presence of the ‘outsider’ has an unwelcome effect on each of them, probably for his or her own reason.
Unbeknownst to the staff, James Sampfield Peveril (known as Sam to his fellow trainers) himself is kept in the dark about the story behind his mysterious temporary employee. Sam is normally reserved and indifferent about the personal lives of the people under his employ. However, an intriguing account by his cousin piques his interest and makes him conclude that there is more to Isabella than a woman in need of a job. As if the situation isn’t perplexing enough, Sam receives a request to train Tabikat, a talented racehorse with elusive owners and mysterious bloodline.
With a steady pacing and solid main plot, this is a suspenseful and exciting novel basically about a fight for justice against a crime family. Aside from the main plot, the author introduces other subplots and expertly puts them together in one satisfying climax. Moreover, characters are supplied with ample backstories that it is easy to visualize them as real people with dreams, priorities, weaknesses and flaws. Furthermore, unlike other books in a series with cliffhanger endings and cases unresolved, this book ends satisfactorily enough.
However, the multiple subplots as well as the multitude of characters may be too confusing to other readers. Moreover, though I appreciate the backstories, I find them too detailed and a little overdone.
Still, I enjoyed this book a lot and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I recommend it to fans of crime, thriller and mystery. Violent and sex scenes, however, may not be suitable for young readers.
Congratulations to Harriet Redfern on such a great and enjoyable book! For the next book in the series, check out Katseye.
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March 22, 2018
Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic is the fourth book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency created by Iain Reading.
From the land of Vikings, volcanoes and ice, Kitty Hawk now finds herself in the emerald hills of Ireland. After a presentation to promote the grand opening of Wasabi Willy’s Family Sushi Restaurant in Dublin, the company financing her flight around the world, Kitty is approached by a handsome stranger.
Andrew presents Kitty with an ancient envelope containing two equally ancient items: a newspaper article with an unfinished crossword puzzle and a postcard with a black and white photo of the doomed luxury steamship, the RMS Titanic.
Just like the previous three books, this is a treasure trove of fascinating, albeit some of them tragic and some even horrible, information. I particularly enjoyed the retelling of the ill-fated maiden voyage of one of the most famous ships in history. Moreover, I appreciate the lessons on the ancient Egyptian writing, the Hieroglyphics, as well as the stories about the scariest and most notorious serial killer of all time, Jack the Ripper.
I find the pacing of this fourth installment faster and the plot more suspenseful than the first three and I absolutely love it for that. Kitty, bolder and more daring, is appropriately described as ‘the incredible and remarkable young female pilot.’ I couldn’t pick a favorite from any of the new characters not because they aren’t likable. Quite the contrary, they are all endearing in their own ways. I love Andrew, Professor Flynn, Katherine and Richard for their passion: Andrew for his passion for the truth about his ancestor, the professor for the Titanic, Kate for history and Richard for Jack the Ripper. I like Ellie for her truthfulness and helpfulness and even Thomas for his tenacity. Finally, though the solution to the puzzle was as much as I expected, I still felt good that the book ended the way it did.
Needless to say, I love this book and I enjoyed it a lot.
However, I was a little disappointed that Kitty’s plane played a very minimal role in her adventures this time, though it was apparently understandable. Moreover, other readers may have misgivings about Kitty’s non-conforming behavior. Though I personally take as a trigger to the suspense, others may consider it inappropriate that might send a negative message to people Kitty’s age.
March 19, 2018
Hello, everyone! Today, I am so happy to share with you a piece of good news about the amazing author of the hilarious mystery and paranormal book series Madam Tulip, Mr. David Ahern. I had the honor of reviewing the first two books in the series and I love both of them: Madam Tulip: An Irish Cozy Mystery and Madam Tulip and the Knave ofHearts. The good news is that David is releasing the third book on April 12, 2018 and the book, Madam Tulip and the Bones of Chance is now on presale in Amazon. Once again, I am fortunate to be given a chance to read this third installment.
David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.
Madame Tulip wasn’t David Ahern's first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’s ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.
David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.
You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his website www.davidahern.info
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-from David Ahern’s Amazon Author Page)
Q: How do you set yourself from normal mode to writing mode? Do you have any rituals or patterns that you follow?
A: I sit at my desk first thing, check my emails and start. No excuses allowed.
Q: Who has the greatest influence on your writing?
A: Probably the late, lamented Patrick O’Brien, the great writer of sea stories and one of the finest storytellers ever.
Q: Do you have a favorite writing spot? Where is that?
A: My desk in my office. I can’t write anywhere else.
Q: How long do you develop a character for a story?
A: I don’t. they just walk onto the page, and I go hi.
Q: Do you name your characters after people you personally know?
A: Never! I’d get sued.
Q: Do you prepare outlines and follow them?
A: A little bit as I go.
Q: Do you have any celebratory ritual every time you finish a book?
A: I’ve still to get that part organised.
Q: What is your ultimate goal for your books?
Q: If ‘Madam Tulip’ is turned into a movie, who would you like to play Derry O’Donnel?
A: Jennifer Laurence! She’s got a great sense of humour.
Q: If you are given a chance to write a book with another book author, who would he/she be and why?
A: No way! I’m a control freak. Pistols at dawn.
Thank you very much, David! Good luck on MadamTulip and the Bones of Chance!