Interview with Clive Carr

Who are your favorite authors?
I haven't really got a favourite author. But what I do like is when an author either creates or describes a world or situation that though it may not be the norm seems plausible and so allows whatever occurs in the story being told to be believed. For that reason I enjoyed Thomas Mann the Magic Mountain as it appeared like life was lived at half speed and the inconsequential was all important there. I haven't really got time for those types of books normally though it definitely dealt with hierarchy, class and such, but really that bit at the end when he joins the rest in the first world war I thought was a good contrast. Of course I read it ages ago and most probably got it all wrong so i'll stick with my original statement: I haven't really got a favourite author.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Nothing inspires me to get out of bed each day, I do it because I have to earn a crust. Also I have had times when I lived a lazy life and all I found was laying in bed too long made me more lazy and a bit depressed.
But if on the other hand you are asking: When I have my free time to do what I wish what drives me? Well then the answer to that is just the desire to start and complete things. Thoughts and ideas come into my mind and for some reason or another I decide I must just express them any way I can, though of course once I start to do that, they then lead on to other things, that is why I have very rarely started something and ended up with precisely what I have envisaged. Also on those odd occasions in the past when I did I was always disappointed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, tidying up, doing Father things and preying I'll win the Lottery.
Of course I have other interest but time doesn't allow for much.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Not really as they were at school and all I really remember about them where they were always a bit surreal and at the same time asking questions.
What is your writing process?
Simple, think of an idea get the bear bones down first and get to the end of the story so it is complete. once that is done I then try to make sure everything sort of fits and rework it. Also now I try not to stray to far from what I am intent on describing or the point I am trying to make.
Of course I just skipped over the 'Idea' bit, but usually it is derived from something that I have either observed or feel strongly about or simply think that what I might have to write may show things in a different light to the norm so making it not totally worthless or derivative.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No story has an impact on me it is mainly the idea behind it that I enjoy thinking about.

I may as well say it here: I am not a great reader and I write solely because I enjoy it, even the annoying bits. I like struggling to say whatever I want to say. I lose myself in the process of writing. I also know that what I write may not appeal to everyone but even a couple of interested readers is alright by me. We all wish to be told by others we are great. But really I wrote these for myself and this type of publishing allows me to reach others without really trying as otherwise they would have just stayed on my computer. It's the same as painting, millions paint and draw for their own satisfaction and maybe no one but a few acquaintances will ever see them, but they still that doesn't stop people doing them or believing they have merit.
How do you approach cover design?
Ah yes cover design. Well being as I do my own covers and I enjoyed doing the illustrations for 'Jean Jacque Louie' I have little to say on the subject apart from: I generally try to chose a pivotal moment in the book and then illustrate it, easy really.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I'm not going to do five but I'll start with A Clockwork Orange and just say the bit I like most or what I often think about is when he meets his old gang one by one and one of them has now settled down with a girl and is no longer a thug. The idea that you can even inhabit the same area or just be at the edge of it but because you have changed you are no longer on anybody's radar rings true to me.
I also enjoyed Darwin's Origins of Species. I mean who knew that was how it would all turn out, what a surprise!
Another book I remember I always recall, and now I'm asked I know precisely why that is, is Eyeless in Gazza (however spelt) it's the part about the freedom fighter who loses his leg and for that reason misses the big battle where he would have most surely died. It's the disappointment plus the idea that something terrible saved him from something even worse that I recall, though knowing my memory I've most probably got it all wrong.
What do you read for pleasure?
Subtitles on the television to songs as the house is so bloody noisy. I mean why read the words to a song you can't hear?
Published 2016-06-22.
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Books by This Author

Cause and Effect
You set the price! Words: 95,050. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Urban
Cause and Effect is a story set in London at the end of the Nineteen Eighties. It is about a young man from a tight-knit, working class, background, who has suffered years of bullying at the hands of others. Many of whom he would mistakenly describe as his friends. And how at the very moment he says to himself ‘I’m not gonna take it anymore’ and decides to take a stand,his life is transformed...
The Glass Partition
You set the price! Words: 79,770. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
The Glass Partition is the story of an unassuming young man working within the civil service. Who, within the space of a week, goes from complete obscurity to being named as the most despicable man in the country by the daily press. But is he really as terrible as he seems? Or is he just the kind of person who always ends up being in the wrong place at the wrong time?
The Critic
You set the price! Words: 44,600. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European, Fiction » Romance » Adult
The story is about a self serving hypocrite who manages to convince himself via his superior intellect that his needs should be put before that of anybody else. surprisingly his best friend also holds the same opinion of himself. The only difference is what one demands, the other gets due to his unbelievable good looks. Well that is what normally happens until a woman called Wrey enters the scene.
Jean Jacque-Louie and the Secret Society of Lost Souls
You set the price! Words: 38,700. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
A short story with approximately 50 original graphic illustrations. The main characters are a suicidal ex-goth with a hidden agenda and two femme fatales prepared to kill anyone who gets in the way of their love. Each of whom inhabit a world where death is the order of the day. As many discover.