Name Richard Godwin

Age 48

Where are you from London UK

A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect  Raised in London, worked in property and lectured in English and American Literature at Kings College London, travelled extensively, now a full time professional author.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

My debut crime novel Apostle Rising just sold foreign rights to the largest publisher in Hungary. My second novel Mr. Glamour will be published as a paperback by Black Jackal Books on April 12 2012. It is a mystery novel about a dark intruder in a Glamorous world.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I started as a teenager then worked. I have been writing professionally now for six years.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 When I picked up a pen.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

The exploration of the darker aspects of the human psyche and the intersection between crime and horror, real horror exists in the things humans do to one another.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

I write in many styles, I have written satire, I write crime and horror, I also write mystery, bizarro, literary fiction, and poetry.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 It was obvious when you read the book.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

 Yes, evil has a corrosive effect on those who come into contact with it.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

All of it, every single page.

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

No. That may apply to certain types of writer but it is too often naively applied to writing, having said that it all comes through the unconscious.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

 Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment and Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock.

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 I don’t believe in mentors.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

William Gibson’s Burning Chrome.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

There are many new authors on the internet, the list could be long, but I take it you are referring to those published in the traditional manner and I’d say the newest is Richard Montanari.

Fiona: What are your current projects?

I am writing the sequel to Apostle Rising, by popular demand. I also have a collection of short stories coming out as an E Book in the next few weeks, a project published by Pulp Metal Magazine. It is called Tales Of The Mustard Man. The Mustard Man is a character with a series of stories, there are some new ones in this.

Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

 Art.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 A vocation.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I may edit back a few scenes.

Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Yes I loved reading, great

writers articulate things we feel when we are younger.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

 Try going onto my website

http://rchardgodwin.net

choose any story, and if you like it buy a copy of Apostle Rising. Here is the opening

The woods are cast deep in folded meadow shade, hues of blackness tinged with the heavy odours of autumn, rotting to nothing in the scattered leaves where insects scurry and blind slugs creep and grope their way to mulch.

The trees are perfectly silent now. The light is like some vermilion bleed.

An unbridled moon hangs overhead, a watchful eye casting the frozen promise of winter across the hushed landscape. The deer nose their way deeper into the soft warm fur of their sleep, feeling the hot pulse of their heartbeat regular as a jackhammer.

A path stretches and tilts into the woods, lost in thick shadows.

The sound of tearing.

A flash of steel. A figure lands heavily on the dense carpet of leaves. They rise and fall like spent currency as small nocturnal animals scurry away. A shadow leans over him now arcing the blade.

The leaves, russet in the autumn chill are flecked with red. Deep drops like wax. He struggles, thrashing his arms into the darkness. The other figure is faster and stronger and

leans his will into him. Soon the body lies there hacked like butcher’s meat. Then he tends to his work assisted by the watchful eye of the moon.

He alters the body and positions it precisely below a tree which by moonlight casts the shadow of a cross. Soon the woods are empty again, filled only by the heavy smell of rotting and nature’s turning, and this still and butchered Christ.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 There is no challenge in love.

Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? I don’t have a favourite. I love among others Dostoyevsky, Dickens, Leonard and Greene.

Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

Yes. I travel about four times a year to the States.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 The cover of Apostle Rising was designed by an artist called Matt Swann.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 I don’t think there was a hardest part.

Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

 You learn all the time, writing is a process, it is a beautiful process because you can never reach a ceiling.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write every day and read, try to see when you are reading how writers achieve their effects.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Thank you for all your support, it is truly appreciated. My next novel is well worth reading.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?

 Stayed in property I guess, who knows?

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?

 I have my own site and my blog is The Slaughterhouse where I give popular interviews with writers, my Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse

http://richardgodwin.net

and

http://www.richardgodwin.net/blog

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