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Interviewing the Author – Stewart Giles

Today, I would like to introduce another of my favourite authors to you, Stewart Giles.  Initially, I wasn’t keen on Stewart’s writing style but he’s certainly grown on me and I’m now rather fond of him.

Stewart’s crime fiction novels have been published by Joffe Books but he’s now self publishing the majority of them.  He’s certainly pretty amazing to do the writing, publishing, and promoting isn’t he?

Links to some of his most popular books can be found at the end of the interview.

So, for now, I will hand the stage over to Stewart.

First off, would you tell us a little bit about yourself and your books.

Hi there. I’m Stewart Giles, 45 years old and living in the sunshine of South Africa. I’ve written 12 books so far – all crime thrillers. 9 DS Jason Smith books and 3 Detective Harriet Taylor ones.

Stewart on Writing

What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

I research as I go along. I research just about everything. In fact, if the FBI ever got hold of my browsing history there would be some probing questions to be asked.

How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

It depends. I wrote one of my books in three weeks and another in six months.

Are any of your characters based on people you know?

Definitely. Especially the ones who end up dead. Although I won’t elaborate on that.

Is there anything you regret about the books you have written? (Characters, Storylines, etc.)

One of the underlying themes in one of my books makes me cringe a bit when I read it now.

What items are essentials to have by your side when you write?

A big tub of wine gums, my CD player and a photo of my dad behind me.

Do you have a favourite place to write? Tell me about it.

I used to write everything out free hand in block capitals and I could write anywhere. Now, I’m a more civilised writer – everything is done in my study, surrounded by other people’s books.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

I wrote a series based on Willard Price’s ‘Adventure’ stories. I was 8 or 9.

Stewart on Feedback

Do you read the reviews of your books? How do you deal with the negative ones?

I read all the reviews. If the negative ones are constructive, I use them to improve on my stuff – if they’re downright nasty, I laugh them off. A thick skin is essential in this industry.

Do any of your family members read your books?

My mum is my biggest fan. She’s read everything I’ve written. My brother is also a keen reader of my stuff as are my cousins.

Stewart on Reading

Who are your favourite authors?

I love Scandinavian Noir Crime – Henning Mankell, Lars Kepler, Gunnar Staalesen, Antti Tuomainen, Ragnar Jonasson etc.

Stewart’s Random Thoughts

What does literary success look like to you?

If I can make people laugh, cry or scream with my books then I consider it a success.

Do you believe in Writer’s Block?

I see it more as the brain telling you do go and play with the dogs instead.

What inspires you to get out of bed every day?

Usually my bladder, but sometimes I look forward to the next few chapters.

What is your most unusual writer’s quirk?

I like to write in sparkly socks. I feel it makes me a better writer.

Do you feel like you would be a better writer if you wore sparkly socks during your writing sessions?

Oh, I thought 14 was the last question.

Stewart’s Books

The DS Jason Smith Series

The Detective Harriet Taylor Series

Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.

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