Q1/When did you first start writing and when did you first write professionally?
I wrote a lot during my time at secondary school but as I’m heavily dyslexic I never, did anything with it until a story was picked up for a local anthology. Which after I left school in 2003 gave me the seed of an idea to try doing something with it. I have been writing professionally as an Indie author since 2010, which is when I first wrote a short story which later became PART 1 of THE LOST ANGEL. Which was published a year later.
Q2/ Your books are crime noir. That’s unusual in today’s book market. What attracts you to that genre?
What spurred me originally to write noir, especially noir based around the 1940’s and not the more modern noir stylings, was as I struggled at school I was often in the school library taking refuge from English lessons, this was wear a libarian helped me get to grips with reading properly and also encouraged me to read things I wouldn’t normally have read, this was wear my love for authors like Raymond Chandler, Dashiel Hammet, James Elroy and other such authors came from.
The other thing I love about the 1940’s noir style and especially the crime marketset in it, was there was no foresnsics (which I find a right pain to write about). It was also a more human style of writing focusing more on characters, there lives, their motivations and failings. Rather than just the simple story.
Q3/ Have you ever written in any other genre?
I have dabbled in other genres, currently I have a science fiction short story collection called NETHERSPACE, and a a pulp styled adventure novel called EYE OF THE FIRE , out on both Kindle and paperback. I am also close to publishing a semi-autobiographical satirical novel through Dragonfly Books called… BEER, WOMEN AND THE WRITTEN WORD, which will be on both Kindle and Paperback. There are also plans for a classic styled Space Opera book on the horizon with a touch of classic noir thrown in for good measure. Keep your eyes open on my author page and dragonfly’s pages for more details.
Q4/ What kind of books do you read? Who are some of your favorite authors?
I devour almost any hardboiled Noir writer who writes old school noir, but I have a small soft spot for one or two modern noir writers most notebaly James Elroy. Currently I am reading a lot of Charles Bukowski’s books the style and feel of his books lends itself to how I like to write.
Q5/Can you remember the first book you read?
WOW, that’s a tricky question as due to my dyslexic barrier I avoided books until I was in my late teens… the first one I read cover to cover after the joy of books and the written words had me in its grasp was Audlous Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD, followed shortly by THE RINGWOLD saga by Larry Niven.
Q6/Your characters are very realistic. Do you base them on real people or are they straight from your imagination?
That’s a loaded question really, who wants to be based on a baddie, or someone that gets killed off grusemoly lol. But yes the characters mainly from THE LOST ANGEL were losley based on actors who’d inspired me most notebaly their mannerisms rather than their apperacnce, with the main PI character and Main Character Eddy being based on Nathan Fillion (PI) and Ray Lolita. Other than THE LOST ANGEL the characters are purely out of my imagination.
Q7/Who is your favorite character that you created and why?
Out of all the Noir books the two characters that stood out for me were JACK MALONE the PI from THE LOST ANGEL, (a reaccuring character in most my books) I loved this character because I built and wrote him around all the great PI detectives on the silverscreen aswell as all the clichés to for that matter. The second character I fell in love with was, the dame that would later become his wife PEGGY ELLEN from the new book THE QUEEN AND THE VIPER. A female character that I created to brak all the stereotypical molds of the female leads in this 1940’s genre being weak or just eye candy and constantly in need of saving. This character can kick ass and take names better than most men in the books I write. Also I hope to use her to spring board a series of 1940’s superhero noir series (Still a pipedream but THE QUEEN AND THE VIPER has set the ground work)
Q8/When you write, do you have a specific method you use? Do you write straight through from beginning to end or do you write pieces at a time?
Generally as I write in parts, rather than chapters, I start with a character and then put him or her in a situation which would form for example the end of Part 1 and then work backwards, thinking how would A, B,C and D happen to get to that situation. The books kind of spurs from that, I then do the same method for each part of the book and I usually write four. Making sure each one links up smoothly.
Q9/If you compare your writing to another author, who would it be?
I don’t like to compare my work to other writers as everyones different, however I think no matter who we are even if we don’t know it subconsuously we borrow and emulate authors or books we love. So if I had to say who do I emulate if only a little id say I Chandler.
Q10/If one of your books could be made into a film, which one would you choose? Whho would you want to play the different roles?
Now that’s the dream and again I think I’d choose THE QUEEN AND THE VIPER, and have Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone play the PI Jack Malone and his future wife Peggy Ellen. With Josh Brolin to play the aging hero THE VIPER. Of course if I had the chance to see this on the silver screen id have to do it like they did in the 2006 film THE GOOD GERMAN and have it all in black and white with a retro feel about it.
Q11Are you working on anything right now? Would you like to share the plot?
I’m am working on a few things like I said before I space opera book with a hint of noir, but that’s still a pipe dream at the moment. But the one that should be out soon once the editing gods have cast their eye over it, is the Semi-autobiographical book BEER, WOMEN AND THE WRITTEN WORD, I wont give to much away other than to say yes it’s based heavily on my life during the birth of my daughter, the main character is again heaily based on little old me, and it’s got a hint of the Bukowski and John Fante style to it, is un-politically correct and very adult and naughty in places. Here’s the blurb below.
“The book you have in your hands follows the path of Mitchell’s
alter ego Harry Block.
Through the High’s and Low’s of a job he hates,
Impending parenthood, the trials and misadventures of
redemption and a rather successful career in alcoholism.
All the while dealing with the stuggles of the written word
And writers block (No pun intended)”
Q12/ In addition to writing books, I see you design your book covers. Have you done covers for any other authors?
I do dabble and have done a few covers for indie authors Samantha L. Latham, D.M Pennington and my dad’s debut novel Charles Mithell. As a rule I don’t charge the rather high rates a lot of designers do, as all us indie’s have tight budgers and every penny counts, instead all I ask is they buy a paperback of mine and then review it.