Interview with Bob Arthur

What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth
How do you approach cover design?
I asked my designer to give me something thought provoking. He came up with a dark, mysterious figure running away from a fire, possibly caused by an explosion. Those two elements sum up the key points of the book.
What do you read for pleasure?
My own work.
Describe your desk
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised on a South London council estate whereon a diversity of colourful characters showed me the good and bad sides of life.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote poetry from the age of sixteen, but it wasn't until later in life that the novels came. I am a frustratingly slow writer taking eighteen months to two years on each book.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Having spent thirty years both working in then owning a chain of pub/restaurants I met enough weird, dangerous, enticing, facinating characters to fill a thousand books. Screaming, Dreaming, Dying, Dead is dedicated to some of them.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Drifting off into a world where my wife cannot find me.
What are you working on next?
A serial killer is on the loose in the Nurses Residence of King Henry's Hospital and it falls upon Rikki Laine, a sexually confused, snappish young woman, to find the culprit. She thinks one of the murdered nurses, in the guise of an angel, is guiding her every move, but it isn't revealed until the last page where her divine interventions were really coming from.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Being alive
Published 2016-01-07.
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