Interview with Declan Duignan

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was about an event that happened when I was very young. Just a short story, but it got me writing
What is your writing process?
I like to write as soon as an idea comes into my head, I will write until I am exhausted. I sometimes find it hard to get back writing once I stop. So this is why I need to keep going once I have the flow.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first story I read, but I loved Agatha Christie's novels when I was growing up.
How do you approach cover design?
I leave that to the experts. I think design is a completely different field of expertise. I firmly believe that a person should delegate jobs to the people who can do them better. I have my own business for the last thirty years, so I am confident that other people can do certain jobs much better than I can. Design is one of those jobs.
What do you read for pleasure?
I find that I read magazines, and books on road safety a lot, so I don't always have time to read for pleasure. I try to do a lot of research before I write anything down, and this takes up a lot of my time.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
As I am only new do publishing I can't comment on this just yet. I am really only trying to find my feet at the moment. From a business point of view, I feel word of mouth is a very powerful tool.
Describe your desk
Slightly cluttered most of the time, except when I know my wife is coming into the room.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a very rural part of Ireland. I was born and raised in a place called County Roscommon. My parents owned a small farm, and as I was the youngest of six children I spent my childhood helping out on the farm. We lived about four miles to the nearest town, and had to cycle whenever we needed to visit the town. We didn't own a car or tractor until I could drive. I purchased a car as soon as I got my driving licence. I explored a lot of places with my best friend when we were teenagers, and this gave me an appetite for adventure. We walked and we cycled to far off places every chance we got, and heard stories about some of the places from the people we met along the way. My imagination would work overtime when I would try and recall some of the stories at a later time. I still have the travel bug, and I still love exploring new places, now a days it includes other countries.
When did you first start writing?
I think I wrote my first real short story about thirty years ago.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I tried to include a mixture of different elements into Death on the Curlews. My love of the countryside and my experience of motor cars helped to shape the novel. While there is technology involved in the story the hero if you like to call him that is using his wits and common sense to solve the problem. From his experience in the army planning is an important part of the process. But as will be seen plans can go off course.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I thought my greatest joy in writing would be seeing my work published, but what is a much bigger joy to me know is seeing people really enjoying what I have written.
Published 2015-12-14.
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Books by This Author

Death on the Curlews
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,450. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Teeming with vitality, this book takes its readers on a journey from childhood to financial corruption and murder. A belief in what a person sees, can lead to unexpected outcomes and maybe even love. A powerful beautifully written thriller that will keep the reader from getting to sleep until finished.