Interview with David Middleton

How do you approach cover design?
Putting it bluntly the cover for me is the carrot before the horse. I like a strong visual with pointers as to what the reader can expect inside.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a tough one but those that come to mind are the one's I've read recently.
Savage Garden, Mark Mills
The Book Thief, Marcus Zusak
The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Fatherland, Robert Harris
I like being taken on unexpected journeys and introduced to characters I can empathise with. Stories with a strong sense of place are my favourite.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love satire and often dip into the spoof news website, Newsbiscuit. I'm also a sucker for antiques and collectibles guides which I'll flick through happily for hours.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Word of mouth by family and friends help to start the ball rolling, but I enjoy talking to other authors on Twitter and also on Authonomy.
Describe your desk
I always need a desk by a window.

Ursula Minor was written in New Zealand looking out over the wild Tasman Sea. I'm currently working on my next novel The Decades in France where my desk sits under a window looking out over the high plateaus of the Ardeche. Back in Wales my desk faces gently rolling fields with a hill in the background called Long Mountain which constantly changes as we go through the seasons.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the English Midlands on the outskirts of an industrial town. The countryside was always a draw to me and I have fond memories of family holidays spent at the seaside. Getting into the outdoors was my escape from the tight terraced streets and the smell of sulphur that sometimes filled the air.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Several failed attempts to get the attention of agents and publishers made me determined to get my book out there. My friends and family loved it and they are a tough bunch when it comes to honest critiques!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love the physical act of typing and the stuff that pours out of my mind when I'm on a roll. It's exhilarating and I get a real sense of satisfaction from being creative.
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a historical thriller called The Decades. It is set in 15th Century France and the present day. It is filled with murder and mystery and a strong sense of the supernatural.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
There were two pieces of literature that had an impact on me. The Magus by John Fowles, I found it haunting and mysterious and I'd never read anything like it before. The second piece was the poem The Wasteland by T S Eliot - it was like having my eyes opened for the first time on the world around me and made me think very differently about how words can be used to create emotion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to create a strong female character as I sometimes think women get a rough ride in fiction. There are a lot of female victims and female side-kicks so I wanted an independent female voice, and in particular an older female voice. I come from a very matriarchal family so in some ways this has influenced me to create Ursula. She's a victim at first but she gradually takes control when things get tough. I hope readers will empathise with her.
Published 2015-06-26.
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Books by This Author

Ursula Minor
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,750. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When forty two year old Ursula Harding suspects her husband is having an affair she persuades him to take a short vacation with her to the Green Mountains of Vermont in the hope that they can re-kindle the flame. But her plan backfires when he attempts to kill her.