Today’s guest is D.W. Carver, author of Desperation, among many other novels. Let’s have a look at the blurb…
Kate thought that once her mother died, the pain she had caused would end. Then she discovered that a letter had been sent to a prominent television presenter on her mother’s orders taunting him with the fact that Kate now held photographs which would ruin him and probably lead to his arrest. Suddenly Kate is running for her life. She seeks help from Rob, a much older man whom she has only known for a very short time.
While at his London apartment, she rescues a teenage girl, Vickie, from a street pimp and over the following days finds a bond growing between them that feels like a lot more than friendship; but with both their lives now in danger there is no time for thoughts of anything but escape and survival.
Tricia: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
DW: I am a father of three sons, two of them still living at home, one married with sons of his own. I was a mental health community counsellor for many years and met a lot of interesting people from the sad and lonely to the plain dangerous. I honed my writing skills in this job, devising self-help books and booklets, often for people who didn’t read from choice and ‘tweaking’ them with field tests.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
DW: Almost as soon as I could read.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
DW: This is ‘Desperation’ published by frontPorch. It is about a young woman who finds that her recently deceased mother, had arranged for a letter to be sent on her death that will put Kate (the young woman) in danger from a media celebrity who has gang connections.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
DW: My heroines are usually flawed but strong willed and I wanted to explore the ways Kate would deal with a life threatening situation when she had no experience of being able to trust people.
Tricia: If you could recommend just one of your books to my readers, which book would you choose?
DW: My favourite at the moment is ‘The Memory Plot’, third in my ‘Jill Garvin’ series. Jill realises in this that her remembered life was mostly a lie. (She lost a lot of memories after the road crash deaths of her husband and daughter and is gradually getting them back). This is another projection from my time as a counsellor. I met a lot of people who had ‘swallowed’ someone else’s strange philosophy of life (often a parent)and had to reinvent themselves.
Tricia: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
DW: Sarah, Jill Garvin’s step-niece. She has been abandoned by her mother and step-father, feels unloved and unlovable and struggles to find her place in life. In this series she ages from sixteen to twenty-two and sometimes Sarah feels like the daughter I never had.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
DW: Bearing in mind that what is normal to a European audience, often isn’t to one in North America. I have sometimes been surprised when editors and/or publishers are shocked by content that might have been a regular occurrence in my working life.
Tricia: What is your primary goal as an author?
DW: To keep writing. It’s what I do.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
DW: A seventh Jill Garvin novel. I’d say it’s in the planning stage but to be honest I only really start to build my story once I’m in front of a keyboard.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
DW: Be prepared for rejection – lots and lots of rejection.