A few years ago Keith Dixon had a revelation and realised that what he wanted to do was give up work and write fiction full time.
So since then he's written four novels featuring private eye Sam Dyke and published a non-crime book, Actress. He's also given up work.
The fourth Sam Dyke Investigation, The Bleak, was published in May, 2014.
He's currently sharing his time between the UK and France.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in my early teen years, mocking up scripts for TV shows and trying to write like my favourite authors. By the time I reached 16 I knew that I wanted to write full-time, and I managed that for a couple of years in my twenties. Life got in the way, though, so I had to find a real job that paid real money, so it wasn't until I was a good deal older that I managed to create the opportunity to write full time. Curiously, I found that many of the jobs that I took included an element of writing, whether it was in the job description or not. That urge to put words on paper was always there ...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Over the years I began to have real issues with the notion of 'gatekeepers'. At one time I had an agent and even he confessed it was becoming harder to sell to publishers, whose spheres of interest seemed to becoming more and more narrow. As an independent author I can find an audience for my books that might not (yet) be huge - or at least big enough for a commercial publisher - but nonetheless satisfies the wish to see my books in print and know that people are reading them and getting some pleasure from them. With my earlier books I did seek out commercial publication - with my latest ones I'm going straight to independent/self publishing.
Private Eye Sam Dyke takes on an unpromising case - to find out why an established scientist is falling apart. He soon learns that it's not the pressures of work that are getting to him, but his colleagues and his boss. They have a doomsday plan that is set on producing a calamitous event threatening the lives of hundreds of people. And only Dyke can stop them.
Sam Dyke's second investigation leads him into a criminal underworld where the kidnapping and violence practised by two Liverpudlian twins begin to have an impact on his family. Which is something that Sam won't let slide ...