Today I’m delighted to have a q&a with David Jackson, author of A Tapping At My Door as part of a week long celebration for his new novel. I recently read this book and absolutely loved it! So much so that I went and bought David’s back catalogue of books!!! You can have a read of my review by clicking on the link below:
Day Five: Meet the Author
Can we talk about David Jackson?
We certainly can. He’s a great guy.
Before David Jackson ‘the author’ who was David Jackson? How did you occupy your days?
I was, and still am, a university lecturer. My days are now doubly occupied!
If writing is a solitary experience, then how do you step back from the keyboard and relax?
Usually by spending time with my family. I love a good movie, or a nice meal, and now and again it’s great to get drunk with friends and put the world to rights.
Were you a bookworm as a child? What books or which authors were your constant companions?
I went through various phases. When I was very young I worked my way through the Famous Five and Secret Seven books by Enid Blyton. Later came my science fiction period. I read everything by Isaac Asimov, and much by Arthur C Clarke. Mystery novels came after that: Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Then I discovered Ed McBain and other American crime writers, and that’s when I was really bitten by the crime bug.
Do you have a writing ritual? Is there discipline to your day or is writing time snatched between a never-ending list of domestic chores?
Because I have a day job, I need to have a certain amount of discipline. After the evening meal is usually when I will force myself to head upstairs to write. That’s exactly what I’ve done now to respond to this Q&A!
What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Are you a fan of the current trend to remake/reimagine movie classics from days gone by?
Funnily enough, the last film I saw was the new version of Jungle Book, which is of course a reworking of a classic. It’s actually really good, with incredible use of CGI, but more generally I think it’s only worth doing a remake if something new can be brought to the viewing experience. It has worked for The Fly, Cape Fear and Scarface, but for some others they really shouldn’t have bothered.
If you could give your 10 year old self one piece of advice what would it be?
Not to take advice from an adult who you’ve never met, but who looks strangely familiar and is determined to give you advice.
My thanks to David for joining me on the blog today. A Tapping At My Door is out NOW and you can get a copy from Amazon by clicking the link below:
David Jackson is the author of a series of crime thrillers featuring New York Detective Callum Doyle. His debut novel, Pariah, was Highly Commended in the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Awards. When not writing fiction, David spends his time as a lecturer in a university science department. He also gives occasional workshops on creative writing. He lives on the Wirral peninsula with his wife and two daughters. David can be followed on Twitter, where he goes under the name @Author_Dave!