Book one – The Aberration Series of short stories
I am a Gigolo
He’s gorgeous, cool and slick. Small wonder those wealthy American dames are falling over themselves to taste his flirtatious skills, just where it counts. Seduction is the name of his game, and he knows how to keep a secret. Trouble is, our Gigolo is also a mischief maker, a man with a mission – to make a killing. So he’s got a secret of his own. But, can he keep it that way?
Deliciously sensual, with a touch macabre, the opening tale, I am a gigolo contains ten startlingly original and provocative short stories, that you’ll need to be brave to read at bedtime.
- Do you always take a book/erader wherever you go?
Always take my Kindle. I can read, review or buy any time any place.
- Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the “good one” or the “bad one”
I’d be more interested in being the bad guy. I’m always intrigued by what makes people tick. I’d like to see what the author using me as the bad guy thinks
he or she, are on to where I’m concerned. My own short story, I am a Contract Killer, partly based on an unplanned conversation I had with one, explores what might be going on in the mind of just such a person.
- Where can I find you when you are reading?
I generally read in bed, in the evenings, unless I’m travelling, in which case, on the plane, train, or cruising ship.
- Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
You may find me, working. I’m a full time insolvency practitioner. I might be walking, in the park opposite where we live in Hampton, Middlesex. I might be found
in an Indian, French, Chinese or Sri Lankan restaurant, either with business colleagues or my wife. You might find me loafing in the garden at home, or in our
tiny second home in Narbonne, Southern France.
- Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
I admit I am draw to bookstores, and will only tend to walk on if I am in a hurry. I love browsing the titles, the covers and the news on latest releases.
- What are you most proud of?
In terms of writing, I am most proud of the reviews I’ve received for my first crime thriller, The Lyme Regis Murders, both on Kindle and on Goodreads. As an amateur author, to have complete strangers, thousands of miles away giving me four and five star reviews has been amazing.
- What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
That blissful feeling that something you’ve been working on for months, even years, has finally come to fruition.
- What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write because you want to. Write because you have to. Be realistic about your talents. Exploit your strengths. Address what you perceive as your weaknesses. Don’t be discouraged by poor reviews. William Golding’s book, Lord of the Flies was supposed to be rejected as rubbish by the reader at Fabers. It was taken up by that publisher and eventually was a contributory factor in his earning the Nobel Prize for Literature. Don’t expect to win the Noble Prize.
- Who would you like/have liked to interview?
The daughter of Karl Marks, Eleanor, sometimes called Tussy. A brilliant brain, superb public speaker with an outrageously saucy sense of humour, it is thought she was in fact murdered by her husband, although cause of death was given a suicide at the time.
- When and where do you prefer to write?
Like Proust, and wishing one had his talent, I write mainly in bed. A large mug of tea to hand and a packet of my favourite biscuits, garibaldi, on the side table. Later, when we eat our eveing meal, a tot, (or two), of Bison Grass vodka.
Thank you, Andrew Segal and RABT Book Tours
About the author
My inspirations have come from real people, events or situations that have presented themselves. Titles like, I am a Contract Killer, I am a Gigolo, Death Zone, License to Kill, are all based on my own lifetime experiences, questions asked, incidents occurring.
Let me be reassuring, thus-far, nobody has been murdered on my watch. But the notion gave rise to the impetus to write my first murder mystery, The Lyme Regis Murders. Could I make the jump after years of writing macabre short stories to a full length drama? That familiar beating in the gut, said, ‘Yes, try it. Give it a go.’
And so to that cosy coastal town where nothing untoward ever happens. Or perhaps it does. The author seeks to shatter notions, change people’s perceptions, spoil long held views. That was my intention in entering into the world of crime thrillers. I’ve found that ‘nice’ people are not always what they seem. The helpless can be transformed into the most dangerous, the most dangerous become the most harmless. It’s all up to the writer and what they’re hoping to achieve.
For me there have been 10 children’s books, 4 books of short stories and so far, three novels, with a fourth in the mixer.
Whilst a short story might be written with a flurry of adrenalin in the space of a few hours, a book will need more than just a flash of creativity. It will need perseverance, discipline and dogged determination.
But then, isn’t that what is required of every ambition?