Interview with Sam Derbyshire

Describe your desk
Very, very messy. I love a tidy room but my desk is never tidy. If I'm honest, my favourite place for writing is in a cafe or on a train, I like buzz around me, I like distractions that aren't mine. If I'm at home its much harder to be disciplined. I always see so many things I should be doing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small village in the beautiful English Cotswolds. I love the countryside and my father was not only an avid reader but had a great imagination. He would take me for walks and make up stories on the way. Toadstools were fairy rings and water troughs were giants beds. I was very fortunate to have a loving childhood. I also couldn't hear very well when I was young and I think this made me more observant of the world and people around me.
When did you first start writing?
Not really until my mid fourties. I have three boys and I joined a writing group as a bit of an escape from a very testosterone fuelled house. I had no expectation of ever writing novels but small pieces became short stories and short stories turned into a novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I like to see the funny side of life and I love writing about real characters in real life situations that readers can relate to. My husband has been going on an annual golf trip for the past twenty years but he says that his golf trip is nothing like this one!! I am currently nearing the end of the sequel Text Me No Lies which I am really enjoying.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I finished What Goes on Tour, I really had no expectaiton of publishing but as my husband quite rightly said, you've finished a book which is a huge achievement, it would be a shame if no one got to read it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When someone says they loved my story and it made them laugh. How can that not be joyful?
What are you working on next?
I have nearly finished the sequel to What Goes on Tour, same characters with new predicaments, Text Me No Lies looks at our relationships in modern times and the stresses of miscommunication and deception.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to exercise, aiming to stay fit and healthy to enjoy my freedom now my boys are all away at University. I enjoy circuit training,yoga, cycling and play golf and travel is now back on the agenda now the nest is quiet and the washing machine has moved to a three day week.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Tess of The D'urbervilles Thomas Hardy - oh the injustice? I was 18 and I cried and cried at the end. It was so beautiful and so tragic.
Harry Potter - all of them- fantastic in every sense of the word and it was wonderful to share such a magical world with my children.
Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - beautiful, moving. I aspire to such descriptive writing.
Riders, Rivals, Polo series - Jilly Cooper. Such fun, tongue in cheek escapism. A staple read in the eighties.
Emma Jane Austen HugeJane Austen fan, way ahead of her time, clever observational social commentary.
Well there's a mix!!!!
Published 2016-10-26.
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