I’m happy to welcome author G.D. Harper to Nesie’s Place today. Tell us where you’re from, G.D.
Originally from Scotland, but now I live in East Sussex, 50 miles southeast of London.
Married with children, pets, or annoying roommates?
Married with two grown-up sons.
Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?
Self-published, although I use Matador to print and distribute my paperbacks.
How long have you been a writer?
How long did it take you to write your first book?
Pantser or Plotter?
Very, very much a plotter. I plan out chapter by chapter and define major characters and their character arcs before I write a single word. Things can change as the story progresses, however, and I have to frequently rewrite my plan as the story unfolds as I write it. I am in awe of pantsers.
You’re touring three of your books this fall. Tell us a bit about Love’s Long Road, Silent Money, and A Friend In Deed.
They’re all psychological thrillers, but in three sub-genres. Love’s Long Road is a coming-of age -story set in the 1970s about a young woman who leads a reckless double life; Silent Money is a crime novel also set in the 70s and is about an assistant bank manager who becomes a ruthless crime lord; A Friend in Deed is a political thriller set a few years in the future where an over-the-hill journalist discovers that the Russians are controlling the new populist political party that governs Britain.
What makes the books unique is that each story is told from the point of view of a different one of the three main continuing characters in the three books. They’re all stand-alone stories, but for instance with Love’s Long Road and Silent Money, the same scenes and even the same dialogue is in both books, but they have a completely different meaning when seen from the point of view of the different characters.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
Psychological thrillers in fiction and history/biographies in non-fiction. I like books that are easy to read, and really struggle with some literary fiction that makes too many demands on the reader.
What are you reading now?
The books of Helen Matthews and Katharine Johnson, fellow psychological thriller writers who I’ll be sharing literary festival platforms with in 2020. I admire their writing styles as well as their proactive approach to marketing their books.
Where do you get the most writing done?
In the room above the garage, with great views over the Sussex Weald.
Do you have pets who “help” or inspire you?
Not really, but I like listening to ambient music, especially Brian Eno and Tangerine Dream, to help me relax as I write.
Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?
I do a bit, but I don’t like bothering people with endless updates of what I’m up to.
What’s your next project or release?
I’m midway through a 25-store book signing tour with WHSmith and I’ll be visiting a store in London and the South East practically every weekend from now up to Christmas. On the writing side, I’m planning to do a Ken Follett and make my next book a historical fiction epic, set in 12th Century Kent. I’ve just started the research and planning and it looks like it will be a formidable challenge. But exciting as well!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Decide on your goal and go for it. For many people, simply producing a book that’s as well-written and as good quality as it can be is enough, for others they want to reach out and have as many people read it as possible. If you take the latter route, be prepared to invest at least as much time in marketing as you do with writing
Many thanks to G.D. for stopping by. Scroll down to check out her latest release—A Friend In Deed—and UK blog visitors can enter her giveaway for a chance to win paperback copies of all three of the psychological thrillers she mentioned today.
Britain: a few years from now. A new populist political party has won the recent general election.
Duncan Jones, freelance political journalist and blogger, loses his weekly column at a national newspaper and turns to investigative reporting. The chance remark of a friend leads him to suspect that the Russians are directing the new British government’s policies and decisions. As he visits Moscow and Ukraine to discover more, scandal follows intrigue, dark forces attempt to silence him by whatever means possible and he turns to an unlikely ally for help.
A Friend in Deed is a fast-paced psychological thriller set in an all-too-believable near future. It is also the story of how one man confronts the traumas in his past and works out how to resolve them.
I was placed third in the 2015 Lightship Prize for first-time authors, won a 2016 Wishing Shelf Award Red Ribbon, been shortlisted at the UK Festival of Writing for Best First Chapter, longlisted in the 2017 UK Novel Writing Competition.
In 2017, I was one of twelve authors selected for Authors in the Spotlight at the Bloody Scotland book festival in Stirling, showcasing who they considered to be the best emerging talent in crime fiction, and was the only self-published author to be chosen. I have spoken at numerous other book events, including Blackwells’ Writers at the Fringe at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; a stand-alone slot at the Byres Road Book Festival in Glasgow, and the Aye Write! Book Festival, also in Glasgow.
I worked in Russia and Ukraine for ten years, which gave me the ideas for the plot and setting that I used in A Friend in Deed.
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