Today I welcome David C. Dawson to the blog to answer a few questions for Author Interview³.
1) Tell us 3 fun facts about your writing history
I started writing when I was seven. I wrote a story for BBC children’s TV competition – and won!
My son produced the video trailer for my first book. It included a steamy gay embrace!
I used to write news bulletins for BBC radio. That’s when I learned to read what I’d written out loud, to make sure there weren’t any unintended rhymes! And that did happen to me once when I was in a hurry…
2) Describe your writing style in 3 words
Punchy, funny, wistful
3) Name 3 of your literary influences
M. C. Beaton – such a clever writer
Marc Levy – a brilliant French thriller writer
Paul Burston – hilarious British gay writer
4) Share your 3 favourite books
Any Human Heart – William Boyd. It’s full of humanity. The most heart warming book I’ve ever read.
Maurice – E. M. Forster. Such a brave book to write, even if it wasn’t published until long after his death.
Peter Pan – J. M. Barrie. I know. It’s a children’s book! But it’s beautifully written.
5) What are your 3 essential writing tools?
Peace and quiet
Lots of water
6) Where are your 3 favourite places to write?
I stay with a friend who lives by the sea near Barcelona in Spain. It’s idyllic!
In the house I sit at the dining table with the cat sprawled across my lap.
A friend has a beautiful glass fronted writing room, which overlooks the Oxfordshire countryside. He lends it to me sometimes and it’s a great privilege.
7) Name 3 items on your writing wish list
I really want to write a musical. I’ve made a few attempts but it’s still work in progress
TV cosy crime drama – I have a format I’m working up at the moment with a gay lawyer as the central character
Historical fiction – I’m actually doing something about that and will be writing a gay love story set in the Second World War.
8) What are your top 3 tips for aspiring writers?
Write! It doesn’t matter what to start with, but exercise that writing muscle.
Don’t edit in your head. You’ll never write anything. Get it all on the page, and then edit it.
Read what you’ve written out loud. It completely changes how you perceive the rhythm of your writing.
9) Tell us 3 of your writing plans for the year ahead
I’ve nearly finished a double romance set in London and Cambridge. It will be published by Dreamspinner Press. Release date to be announced.
Then I’ll move on to my Second World War romance, which I’m really excited about.
I’m going to have another go at writing a musical. My boyfriend is a musical director, so I ought to be able to get some tips!
10) Tell us about your latest release
For the Love of Luke is a romantic suspense featuring an American artist called Luke Diamond who lives in London. He meets and falls in love with a British journalist called Rupert Pendley-Evans. But Luke is a troubled man. He’s been the victim of gay conversion therapy. Rupert decides to find out who has done this terrible thing to his lover – and the truth is shocking.
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A handsome naked man. Unconscious, on a bathroom floor.
He’s lost his memory, and someone’s out to kill him.
Who is the mysterious Luke?
British TV anchor and journalist Rupert Pendley-Evans doesn’t do long term relationships.
Nor does he do waifs and strays.
But Luke is different. Luke is a talented American artist with a dark secret in his life.
When Rupert discovers Luke he’s first intrigued, and before he can stop himself, he’s in love.
The aristocratic Rupert is an ambitious TV reporter with a nose for a story and a talent for uncovering the truth.
As he falls deeper in love with Luke, he discovers the reason for Luke’s amnesia.
And the explanation puts them both in mortal danger.
About the Author
His latest novel is For the Love of Luke, published by Dreamspinner Press.
The Deadly Lies is the sequel to The Necessary Deaths, and was published in December 2017. David is working on a romantic suspense novel for publication in 2018, and a one-off drama for British TV.
He has travelled extensively, and filmed in nearly every continent of the world. He has lived in London, Geneva and San Francisco, but now prefers the tranquillity of the Oxfordshire countryside in England.
In his spare time, David tours Europe on his ageing Triumph motorbike, and sings with the London Gay Men’s Chorus.