Interview with John Day

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find the planning and plotting to be immensely stimulating.
When I am developing the story, at night when I am asleep, I dream the story. It is so real, I feel I am there.
Just think, you get to do everything you could want and you cannot get killed off, arrested or in trouble with the wife.
What do your fans mean to you?
If I knew I had some, that would be awesome.
To know they enjoyed my stories would be all the reward I could hope for.
It is tax free as well.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I don't have favourite books. Once I have read them, that is the end of them.
Unless you are asking about mine? Actually that would be seven, not 5 and I re-read them and still enjoy them.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have never marketed my books.
Readers don't want to see the adverts.
I hate social media and begrudge the time spent in the pointless pursuit of writing banal comments.
When did you first start writing?
My first book was birthed about 20-years ago.
It was a long, hard labour of love. I remember hand writing a chapter or 3 on a 10-hour return flight from the Maldives. Much of the relevant chapters in Criminal, a Max & Carla adventure was written about that location.
The atoll was amazing to look at. The diving was exciting, I had an attack of nitrogen narcosis at 40 metres and nearly didn't control it in time. The other interesting thing was, Bill Gates of Microsoft was due to arrive at my hotel the day we left.
As I always say, if it is good enough for Bill, it will do me just fine.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Secret Cargo was my latest book.
I have always had a deep fascination for wrecks on the sea floor. I have dived on a few like the Zenobia in Larnaka. That same wreck features in Criminal.
This time, it had to be a submarine. U-159 was the perfect choice and fitted the story perfectly. The research was fascinating.
I am not keen on trotting out the same old plots where names and places are changed, just to call it a new story. It had to be quite a different treasure hunt with perils beyond the usual.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Secret Cargo was my latest book.
I have always had a deep fascination for wrecks on the sea floor. I have dived on a few like the Zenobia in Larnaka. That same wreck features in Criminal.
This time, it had to be a submarine. U-159 was the perfect choice and fitted the story perfectly. The research was fascinating.
I am not keen on trotting out the same old plots where names and places are changed, just to call it a new story. It had to be quite a different treasure hunt with perils beyond the usual.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Secret Cargo was my latest book.
I have always had a deep fascination for wrecks on the sea floor. I have dived on a few like the Zenobia in Cypress. That same wreck features in Criminal.
This time, it had to be a submarine. U-159 was the perfect choice and fitted the story perfectly. The research was fascinating.
I am not keen on trotting out the same old plots where names and places are changed, just to call it a new story. It had to be quite a different treasure hunt with perils beyond the usual.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Secret Cargo was my latest book.
I have always had a deep fascination for wrecks on the sea floor. I have dived on a few like the Zenobia in Cypress. That same wreck features in Criminal.
This time, it had to be a submarine. U-159 was the perfect choice and fitted the story perfectly. The research was fascinating.
I am not keen on trotting out the same old plots where names and places are changed, just to call it a new story. It had to be quite a different treasure hunt with perils beyond the usual.
Published 2018-03-29.
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Books by This Author

City of the Sands
Series: The 5. Pre-release—available October 1, 2019. Price: $0.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
The hunt for a lost city where gold was gathered, somewhere in the Egyptian desert. Five friends follow the clues to the hidden city, chased by Egyptian agents, the military and criminals, all wanting the gold for themselves.
FIXER Strikes Back
Series: The Fixer. Price: Free! Words: 56,990. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Michael Steel, Mike to his friends is the FIXER. There are few things he enjoys more than ripping off crooks. He is on the side of justice, but not necessarily the law, so if you need his help, give him a call.
Charm of the Devil
Series: DS Penny Britain. Price: Free! Words: 77,060. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Transferred to Dorset, DS Penny Britain is plunged into a murder mystery that leads to a world class crime. The criminal in her sights may only be small-fry, but he is a cunning adversary. To bring him down requires trickery on her part and a deal with the treasurer of the Tong.
Deadly Intent
Series: DS Penny Britain. Price: Free! Words: 68,220. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
DS Penny Britain uncover a major crime, starting with a simple kidnapping. No one is prepared for the number of deaths that precede her investigation. Another strand of her investigation leads to the man-with-thirteen-fingers. Is this the end for a serial killer, or is it Penny carrying out the rough justice?
Fugitive
Series: Max & Carla Adventure. Price: Free! Words: 93,390. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Max & Carla are facing life apart. Accused of murder and terrorism, Max is injured and on the run with no memory of his past. To survive he needs a lot of money and a new identity. Helped by a psychopathic girl, Max faces disaster. Fate deals Max a bad deck as he becomes trapped and now the world is after him. Not only is his life at stake, he uncovers a secret that puts the world in great peril.
Deep Secret
Series: Max & Carla Adventure. Price: Free! Words: 71,130. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
More deadly adventures for Max & Carla as they do The Organisation's bidding. Avenge a dead girl, murdered by a drug baron. Rescue a woman from an Afghanistan jail. Investigate the disappearance of shipping and aircraft in the Bermuda Triangle. Investigate a cunning blackmailer and prevent a terrorist attack on the London Olympics.
Criminal
Series: Max & Carla Adventure. Price: Free! Words: 144,190. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Max & Carla work for a criminal organisation and do what ever is necessary to protect its interests. Their missions are varied and deadly as they attract trouble, big time. They thrive on adrenalin and have their own adventures which reaps rewards and a battle of wits with someone who wants them dead. Essential the series are read in order.
Espionage - London
Price: Free! Words: 107,120. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Spies & espionage
A simple but war winning, German secret weapon is to be planted by 4 spies in London after training in Alderney. Betrayed at every turn and hunted down by MI5, would the weapon work and win the war for Hitler? Wartime love affairs play their part and drive master spy known as Glass to succeed with his mission. Hitler is certain to win it seems, but fate has the last word. Did it actually happen?
Secret Cargo
Series: The 5. Price: Free! Words: 86,340. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
A thrilling action adventure as a group of disparate characters hunt for U-159. The theft of bullion and artwork at the end of WW2, shipped on the submarine by a German officer to finance his new life in South America, becomes the present day treasure hunt. Danger and deceit all the way as the plot unfolds. The characters past is revealed as they resort to dirty tricks to keep the loot.