- I’d like to introduce you to author, David Coles. Hi David, let's start with a short take - so readers can get a general feel for who you
Hi AJ, I’m half of ‘David Coles & Jack Everett’ and half of ‘Everett Coles’ – between us, we have four published books, printed, eBooks or both, one is currently out of print. There are a few short stories out there written by me alone.
I’ve retired from the daily grind. Now I seem to work harder at writing than I did as a computer systems analyst & designer, a profession I’ve spent most of my working life in until a takeover made me redundant – let go, as US parlance has it – and I spent the last five years at the sharp end writing software for a UK bank.
I still write computer programs for fun. I have a great interest in simulating artificial intelligence – not real AI but cheating at it. I sometimes spend an inordinate amount of time on such projects.
All our novel length works carry a joint author name – whoever is the principal writer, whoever came up with the idea. After discussing the plot and sequence, Jack writes the first draft with me following on a week or so behind, re-writing and adding 10%-25% extra material, checking facts, researching and polishing. Once that process is over, the manuscript goes back and forth four, five, six times for proofing, checking phrasing, use of words and so on.
The usual stuff: married, four grown up daughters, a pet laptop, a home in Yorkshire, England.
- What compelled you to write your first book?
- And have you always wanted to be a writer?
- So tell us a little bit about your books. What are their titles; which is your favorite if you have more than one, and briefly let us know what they are about.
The first story we had published was a fantasy in the classic tradition. The hero was a thief, manipulated into performing a quest by a sorcerer who held the love of his life imprisoned. The hero succeeds only to find that though the woman was real, the love which drove him was purely artificial and vanished in the moment of success.
- Are you currently working on any writing projects our readers should watch for release soon?
- How did you feel the day you held the copy of your first book in your hands?
- I know just what you mean, David. Just what is it that inspires you and motivates you to write the very most?
- The main characters of your stories - do you find that you put a little of yourself into each of them or do you create them to be completely different from you?
A little less tongue-in-the cheek: it’s still ‘yes’. There’s no one an author knows better, no one else he can be so certain of and for those of us who still try to be a better person, the author knows too, how that better person should react to situations.
- Is there an established writer you admire and emulate in your own writing? Do you have a writing mentor?
As for a writing mentor, I’m quite proud of the fact that I spent two separate weeks being tutored by the English fantasy author, David Gemmel and the humorous fantasy writer, Terry Pratchett. These weeks were organized out in the Norfolk farmlands and were something out of laugh-out-loud fantasy themselves. Damned hard work though.
- And what about now, who is your favorite author and what is your favorite genre to read?
Theodore Sturgeon, Hal Clement, Neil Gayman, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Richard Morgan – not a complete list, just a few.
- Hey, let's get morbid. When they write your obituary, what do you hope they will say about your book/s and writing? What do you hope they will say about you?
- And I’m sure they will. David, location and life experience can sprinkle their influence in your writing. Tell us about where you grew up and a little about where you live now - city? Suburb? Country? Farm? If you could live anywhere you want to live, where would that be?
Older, it was a terrific place to grow up in. Acres of fields and woodlands to play Cowboys & Indians, Robin Hood, Cops & Robbers and yes, to re-fly sorties against the wartime enemy.
Older still, not so good for careers, my family moved to the county city of Lincoln. I still go back to school reunions, though.
Favorite place to live? Maybe the Greek Islands, but a new language at my age? Maybe not.
- Do you watch television? If so, what are your favorite shows? Does television influence inspire your writing?
- What about movies?
A similar attention to detail is evident in ‘the Golden Compass’ and here, Philip Pullman asks some intriguing questions.
- Is there anyone you'd like to specifically acknowledge who has inspired, motivated, encouraged or supported your writing?
- Thinking about your writing career, is there anything you'd go back and do differently now that you have been published?
- Have you ever had a character take over a story and move it in a different direction than you had originally intended? How did you handle it?
- Is there any lesson or moral you hope your story might reveal to those who read it?
- It's said that the editing process of publishing a novel with a publisher is can be gruelling and often more difficult than actually writing the story. Do you think this is true for you? How did you feel about editing your masterpiece?
The only time I was disgusted was a story years ago, which finished with the main character up to the neck in a Jurassic swamp. I said the ‘sun stank into the west’ – the editor took out the ‘T’ in ‘stank’.
- David, is there anything you want our readers to know. Such as where to find your books, any blogs you may have, or how a reader can learn more about you and writing.
Merlin’s Kin YA fantasy
Kindle eBook and paperback at Amazon (Archimedes Presse)
The Last Free Men Historic (Roman period)
Kindle eBook at Amazon, soon to be paperback (Virtual Tales)
Death and Taxes Medieval Mystery – 1st in series ‘the Abbot and the Acolyte
paperback at Amazon (Libros International)
Books at publishers…
The Tourist Psychological Thriller eBook (Virtual Tales)
Bright Shadows Fantasy from the last days of Earth eBook (Virtual Tales)
Jihad Political Thriller paperback (Libros Internl)
Books in progress…
Deceits Thriller – secret service hunts Machiavelli’s modern descendant
Last Mission WWII – German attempt to steal an atom bomb at Los Alamos
Faces of Immortality SF Interstellar Crime
- That’s been an interesting interview. I always enjoy an insight into how other authors work and think. David Coles, thank you. I wish you all the best for the future.
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