I have a really exciting book review Sunday today!
Not only do I have a overall review of Stephen Edgars books, after chatting on Twitter, (find Stephen’s Twitter here). This is also the first post on my “People who inspire me series” which is basically the lovely people who inspire me or I admire, who have agreed to let me ask them a few questions for my blog.
So obviously Stephen inspires me because his books are bloody brilliant. When I first spotted these on the kindle store, I wasn’t sure if they’d be my cup of tea. I’m not normally an action book fan, but I decided to give them ago. Then I just became a full blown addict and carried on downloading! I’d struggle to put these under a genre to be honest, there’s a bit of action, a bit of mystery, a bit of thriller, but also some humour. My favourite part Stephen’s books is the way that events and characters cross over from other books, it’s pretty cool to read and think oh yeah I recognise that character, or I remember that happening. I also really like how imperfect the characters are, they have all these faults but still manage to be likeable. My absolute favourite book of the series is Downfall, I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end at all, and the story was gripping. Click here to go to Stephens Website or here to view his books on amazon.
. What originally inspired you to start writing? Has it always been your ambition?
Like a lot of people I always had that feeling that I had “a book in me”. I can remember trying to write when I was about 13. I hand wrote 4 sides of A4, but it was rubbish, and I had no idea where the story would go. It subsequently ended up in the bin. Then, in Spain in 2010, the writing bug returned in a big way. To give some context, I was on holiday in Spain with my pregnant wife and in-laws. we were renting a villa from some friends, and on the second night, we returned to find we’d been burgled. All of the villas in the area had bars on the windows, but when we arrived home on this particular night, we found the bars torn from one of the bedroom windows. We knew straight away that something was wrong, and stood for ages debating whether to go in r wait to see if anyone emerged. The dilemma was: do you go in and confront whoever might be inside (and hope they run), or wait to see if someone appears at the window and tries to escape. What if you went in, and the burglar confronted you with a weapon? I remember feeling so petrified, yet so excited at the same time. We eventually went in and found the place empty. They’d stolen money, cameras and phones, but thankfully left our passports. We spent the rest of the night trying to speak to the local police (although none of us spoke Spanish). We wanted to fly home the next day, but decided to stick it out and make the most of our 2 week holiday. As the days passed, I kept thinking how our experience would make a great opening to a crime book. I was a huge fan of crime thrillers as a genre, and I couldn’t ignore the idea. I pictured myself at home, waking in the middle of the night and hearing a burglar in my house. How would I react? Would I confront him and hoped he ran? But what if he didn’t run, and pulled out a knife? If I cowered upstairs, would the burglar eventually leave? What if he didn’t and started to head upstairs. Three months later, I couldn’t shake the idea from my mind and decided to try and write the scene. I wrote four thousand words, which eventually became he opening to my first book. ‘Integration’ was published almost a year to the day after the burglary, which shows good things can come from bad. I enjoyed writing the boom so much that I decided I had to keep doing it.