The placid life of a college librarian is plunged into a desperate fight for survival when he witnesses the death of his only friend. Suddenly he is forced to confront disturbing changes in his nature and appetites and their consequences. Suspected of murder and pursued by an implacable police detective he runs – but is he running from the law or from himself?
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I’m definitely a morning person and so I always sit down to put words on paper as soon as I get out of bed. The place to do it is in my ‘office’ which has a view over the beautiful Herefordshire countryside.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Not so much a ritual as procrastination and displacement activities. The best ritual is to sit down and get on with it – hopefully I’ll have woken up with some sort of start point in my mind – a sentence or two or a situation to be explored.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Earl Grey Tea is the morning drink – after my wake-up coffee
– What is your favourite book?
I like this question because it makes me think back over the many books I’ve read in a lifetime. It’s not possible to identify a single favourite and I don’t want to fall back on the old chestnut of ‘the book I’m reading right now’. My most recent addition to my favourites list has to be ‘The Five’ by Hallie Rubenhold which takes a fresh and relevant approach to the overworked ‘Jack the Ripper’ franchise.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
I don’t actually consider that I am a genre specific writer – the story defines the genre and quite often produces work that is cross genre or difficult to genre type. I do seem to have a macabre turn of mind, however, so even a rom-com in my hands might turn out to have a sticky or unexpected end.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I think that is inevitable although I wouldn’t use person X as character Y – they are all composites and I’m there in the mix as well.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Definitely. I have a ‘Moleskine’ which comes with me everywhere.
– Which genre do you not like at all?
Any genre if well executed and original in approach I find attractive. I’m looking at a Jilly Cooper at the moment. I’m not a great fan of Dhampir stories or Sword and Sorcery/ Interplanetary cross-overs.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Difficult question because I’m very much a loner and operate inside my head – I’m not sure that a collaboration would be a happy experience for either party. If constrained to choose I might go for Homer or Herodotus as I might be able to help them with modern style.
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
At the moment I’d like to visit Russia – from St Petersburg to Ekaterinaburg via Moscow – as I have a specific project in mind.
Thank you, David Pollard and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
After more than forty years of paid employment David Pollard retired to glorious Hereford and immersed himself in the theatrical activities of the county. He is currently Chair of Hereford County Drama Festival.
David sees himself as a teller of tales – he is a playwright, author of short stories and novels. He has a preference for dark and dystopian material. He is also an actor and theatrical director. Among the many authors admired by David is Robert Louis Stevenson – for his website David adopted the appellation Tuistala – Samoan for ‘Teller of Tales’ which the Samoan people called RLS.
Several of David’s plays have been published by Lazybee Scripts – one of which ‘Aspects of a Betrayal’ was shortlisted for the Kenneth Branagh prize at the Windsor Fringe Festival.
David has two works published on KDP/Amazon:
‘His Cat and Other Strange Tales’ – a collection of macabre short stories
‘The Alienation of Ludovic Weiss’ – a psychological thriller
A third book ‘Mindworm ‘ is scheduled for publication in September 2020
When not writing, directing or acting David runs a podcast platform for the streaming of radio plays and short story readings – Hand to Mouth Sound Theatre.
For relaxation David reads voraciously with a liking for history and thriller fiction. He also enjoys country walks of the strolling variety.