Interview with James Rimmington

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the outskirts of Nottingham, I think living in the countryside gave me a lot of opportunities but I would definitely say that my imagination was the greatest strength. I couldn't get enough of the old Hammer horror films, Japanese Manga cartoons and of course... Dungeons and Dragons. I developed a real love of the fantasy worlds they portrait and used to write short stories as a child. Although scary as my injury was at the time it gave me the opportunity and time to go back to something I genuinely enjoy doing... Writing.
When did you first start writing?
I've also written short stories or random poetry but as I got older I seemed to find it difficult to find the time to commit to my writing. A misfortune thankful had a positive outcome in that I had time to return to writing. I never intended to have a published piece of work, it was purely a labour of love. When I started writing I didn't even know what the story was going to be about. It grew organically with me and the more I created the story the more I wanted to know what happened next. I read afterwards that a lot of writers hit the magic ten thousand words and come to a stop, thankfully I was so engrossed in the story that writers block never hit me. Though most people still do not believe me when I say I didn't have a story mapped out but it is true.
What's the story behind your latest book?
John Reeves is a detective sergeant who has more than his fair share of emotional baggage. His team begin to investigate a series of murders that seem to have a sacrificial ritual linked to them. Soon they are racing against a group of cold blooded killer, following the clues to catch them before they strike again.

This is where the twists begin, the group are looking for something and it has the power to change worlds. John Reeves begins to learn more about his own dark past and what he keeps locked inside himself. As the protective walls of our world are stretched the creatures hiding in the recess of the reality sneak through. Then its all bets are off. Demons and gods in a fight for the prize, the keys to the kingdom of Earth.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the escapism and I love a good story. I find myself getting lost in other authors books but as I am quite a nerd when it comes to mythology I find some fantasy novels just don't hit the spot for me (sorry). That is why I really enjoyed writing the Demon and Darkness series because it was my story, my way. I didn't start the books for any other reason than I enjoyed the story. I think that shows in the my writing and I am very proud of the series.
What do your fans mean to you?
I have the opportunity to speak to a number of people who have read the book, probably one of the best things about indie publishing. The important thing for me is that someone enjoys the book, after all that is the whole point. I've had some of the best comments, comparisons and the compliments. The main thing for me though is that I have an opportunity to share my escapism with others and I am so thankful for all of the support I have received. I would like to take this chance to thank everyone who has supported me, has purchased the book and to everyone who has followed the Demons and Darkness series
What are you working on next?
Well that's mixed, I've been ridiculously busy but that's the way I like it. I have the Demons and Darkness series finished with the exceptions of the re-writes. The soul war is coming... I've been dying to say that since I finished the books. My wife and I are expecting our first child so that is a busy time between that and the day job.

I have two new projects that I'm really excited about. My first is Priority One, which is actually out now. It is a gritty modern day spy thriller looking at a very real world counter terrorism team, it's a change of pace for me but I really liked the opportunity to write a brash and perhaps slightly offensive at times character... Call it therapy. The second is a Sci-Fi but this is a big project and I've found creating an entire universe of technology and life is a big job. Other than those two I am preparing the second book in the Demon and Darkness series for release... Fall of the Gods.
Published 2016-11-14.
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Books by This Author

Demons and Darkness
Price: $2.30 USD. Words: 64,220. Language: British English. Published: November 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Demons and Darkness is a dark fantasy novel based in a very real world. Following several murders the criminal investigation quickly falls away into a world of the occult and the police are left chasing a supernatural group of killers.