DAVID, THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS INTERVIEW! I AM SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU.
And I am happy to answer your questions.
NOW, I KNOW YOU’RE FROM ENGLAND. TELL MY READERS MORE ABOUT YOURSELF.
I was born nearly 48 years ago on a dark and stormy night in a gypsy caravan.
As a child, we spent many years moving around. We even lived in Australia for a few years before moving back to the U.K. My education was fragmented, and I went into a trade that takes most people who don’t know what to do with themselves – catering.
Ten years of kitchen-sweltering later, I became a teacher.
WHEN DID YOU KNOW YOU WERE A WRITER? WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST STORY OR CREATIVE WORK ABOUT?
Like most aspiring writers I decided to write a novel. So, I read Stephen King’s On Writing and tried to get into a routine. The novel was not good - well, some of the ideas were, but most of the writing was terrible. Then I nailed NanoWrimo with another rough draft of a novel, but I didn’t know where to go next. So, I joined a few Facebook groups. In February, I submitted a short story to one of Grant Hudson’s anthologies. He accepted, and it won best in book – that’s when I won the chance to publish a collection of short stories with Clarendon House and when I realised, I might be a writer.
I LOVED YOUR DEBUT COLLECTION, THE MAGIC OF DEBEN MARKET. IT IS UNIQUE IN ITS STRUCTURE, LIKE A PASTICHE OF WONDERFUL STORIES. HOW WOULD YOU CATEGORIZE IT?
I don’t know how to categorize Deben Market. I just wrote a bunch of stories all set in the same town – a bit like a soap opera, I suppose. I figured that people in a small town would know each other, but they might not know all there is to know about each other. I wanted the reader to know everything. For instance, a character who might play a small but annoying part in someone else’s story would get their own chapter, and then you (the reader) would find out why they behaved the way they did.
The main character, Moony Moore has been a resident of Deben Market his whole life. He would know most people; most people would know him. His story could link through to everybody else’s. At least that was the plan.
I LOVED THE CHARACTERS IN THE COLLECTION. THEY WERE ALL BEAUTIFULLY DEVELOPED. WHEN YOU WRITE A STORY, DO YOU BEGIN WITH STRONG CHARACTERS?
Thank you, the characters are key to Deben Market. Characters are probably the most important aspect for me. I usually start by imagining a person, giving them a vague outline, and then, putting them in a strange situation and then see how the story evolves and where they take me.
THERE WERE A LOT OF WONDERFUL ASPECTS TO THIS COLLECTION LIKE STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS AND GORGEOUS DESCRIPTIONS. IS THERE A WRITER OR WRITERS THAT HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR WRITING STYLE?
I’m not sure if I try to emulate or am influenced by other authors. But there are many that I admire. For my money, PG Wodehouse is possibly the best writer to have walked the face of the planet. There’s not one page where one doesn’t shake one’s head in wonderment at his linguistic skills.
When I was younger, I mostly read Stephen King, and he still impresses me now. Agatha Christie is as readable today as she was when she started writing one hundred years ago. In fact, I’m quite the fan of mystery and crime writers – I’ve read most of them from Mickey Spillane to Dorothy L. Sayers, and my stories usually have a touch of mystery in them.
WHAT OTHER KINDS OF WRITING DO YOU DO?
Someone described Deben Market as literary, and I suppose that is because I wanted every story to touch the reader emotionally.
I’m trying my hand at comedy and noir too. I’ve written two westerns, which were great fun, but really, my lack of knowledge of the genre will hinder me.
I hope to tackle an apocalyptic story one day. Something reminiscent of Day of the Triffids (one of my favourite books) without killer plants, or zombies for that matter.
WHAT GENRE HAS BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING OR SATISFYING FOR YOU TO WRITE IN?
Challenging – last year I had to write in the regency style for a competition. My mind doesn’t think that way, so I had to read lots of Jane Austin in the name of research.
Satisfying – everything else. I love losing myself in a world of my own creation.
PLEASE, TELL US ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING WRITING PROJECTS.
I’ve a few projects simmering at the minute, but the big news is that The Magic of Deben Market is in a competition to have a promo/pilot made that will then be used to pitch to producers for a TV series or movie. More information can be found on my blog or at booksoffice.com. Simply register as a reader/viewer go to projects/project Alpha 1 to place your votes, which they call tickets.
ONE LAST FANTASY QUESTION: DO YOU THINK WRITING CAN TRANSFORM THE WORLD? IF SO HOW?
Reading is the key. More people need to know how to read. Then they can start to think things through properly. They can form opinions of their own and debate views in a rational manner, drawing on the knowledge of others.
Obviously, we need writers if we’re going to have readers who can think for themselves. So, I suppose the answer is yes writing can help improve the world.
WHERE CAN READERS FIND YOU ONLINE OR ON SOCIAL MEDIA?
My blog and newsletter: davidbowmore.co.uk
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE. I LOOK FORWARD TO MORE OF YOUR WORK AND HOPE YOU HAVE YOU AGAIN SOON.