Interview with Jamie Sinclair

Describe your desk
My desk is wherever I happen to be when inspiration grabs me. I write at the kitchen table, in bed, on the couch, even at the office. Sometimes I use a laptop, sometimes a pen and pad. I've also written more than a few pages on planes, trains and in hotels all over the world. Wherever I'm writing, that's my desk.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Yorkshire, England, in a city called Bradford. But my parents moved to the seaside town of Morecambe on the west coast of England when I was four. I grew here and still live in the area. The town is the basis for my writing. All my books, except my first, are set in and around Morecambe. I use buildings, parks, even people, from the town to add colour to my plots. In fact, the covers of two of my books actually feature buildings in Morecambe. Plus, I write about the sea a lot, because I grew up next to it and as I write this can see it from my window. So it's fair to say where I grew up has had a huge influence on my writing.
When did you first start writing?
As a small child I used to write short stories and design covers for them so they looked like real books. I'd give them to my grandparents to read. As I grew up I just kept doing it, dabbling in poetry and song writing along the way. But it wasn't until I began my MA in Creative Writing that I wrote my first full length novel.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Right now (July 2016) I've just started writing a book about a girl called Alex. She pretty much raised herself because her mother moved abroad to "find herself" with another man. Meanwhile her dad is a Ferry Pilot so is always flying planes round the world. This forces Alex to make up stories, partly to amuse herself, but also to convince others that home life is normal. When she's sixteen, she learns her father has died in a plane crash. Mrs Hendricks, the family cleaner, takes her in and so begins a series of adventures which lead Alex into adulthood.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I got an agent for my debut novel immediately. I literally wrote one letter to one agent in London and they signed me up. I thought it was that easy. They sent the book to publishers who all liked it but none enough to buy it. So I wrote another book and sent an extract to Transworld, part of Random House. They asked to see all of it and said there was a deal on the table if I'd make some changes. I made some, but they wanted me to alter the ending. I refused and the offer went away. By then I was quite angry and bitter and thought I could just be published any time I wanted. That was a hard lesson and I stopped writing for a while. Then Kindle came along and I thought it would be nice to have control of what I published. I haven't looked back!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It offers access to multiple platforms in one place which is great. Plus there are options to promote too.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Giving life to something that wasn't there before. Any writer will tell you that their characters are real. I'm no different. Just because I don't write about them for a few days doesn't mean they aren't there. It's a relationship which grows with each page and chapter. Plus I get to voice my opinion on all sorts of things in a way I can't in real life and I get to use the voices of my characters to do it. I can create worlds, people, places, solve crimes, save people, anything!
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't think I have any. To me, only famous people have fans. Like I'm a fan of the Rolling Stones and Stephen King. I have people who like my books, who leave nice reviews, but I don't think they have posters of me on their walls or wear t-shirts with my books on them! But I love the nice reviews so if I ever sell so many books that I am a bit famous, I'll be very, very grateful to those people for putting me in that position.
What are you working on next?
Lots! I've recently had new covers designed for all my existing books. I've got as new website. I've also had branding designed for my Twitter and Facebook so everything matches. I've launched myself on Pinterest and Instagram too. I've just started writing my first psychological thriller called The Ferry Pilot's Daughter and the 3rd book in my Jazz Café detective series is finished and needs editing. So there's plenty going on!
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King!!! He's been my favourite since I was a kid and that doesn't ever alter. Love his books. Even wrote my dissertation about his work for my first degree back in 1999. I also really like Ian Rankin and I've been lucky enough to meet him twice. There are dozens of writers I admire though.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Well, I have bills to pay like most people so I have to go to work. Luckily I quite like my job and the people I work with. I am always quite excited to see what will happen every day, because something always does. To a writer, everything is material so it's never dull. It might be something I see on the drive to work, something someone says in the office, something I see on the news. It's all interesting and can be used in my books. If I was in bed, I'd miss all that!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time so that takes up the majority of my week. Besides that I like going out to eat with my wife. We're lucky to have a great village pub which is the heart of the community so we go in there at least once a week. I also like to watch sport - mainly football and tennis. I read a lot too, which should be no surprise. Otherwise I'm probably in bed.
Published 2016-07-17.
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Books by This Author

Ballroom, Bars and Seawater Baths: Sequel to The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe
Price: $2.87 USD. Words: 94,530. Language: British English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
It is 18 months since the Midland Hotel burned to the ground. Now the 24 Hour Jazz Cafe stands in its place. Owner Mitch Johnson is missing, leaving his oldest friend and business partner Rupert Watts to run their new venture. A woman's purse is found by children playing on the beach. A man is brutally murdered in his bathroom. DS Jane Harper must connect the pieces to find a killer.
FEAR - The Confession of Victor Gossard
Price: $2.81 USD. Words: 84,590. Language: British English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
What would you do if you killed someone? What if it was a complete accident? What if you were only a teenager? What if you were with your three best friends when it happened? Would you confess? Would you run? Would you be able to live with yourself? Ten years ago Vic and three of his friends killed a girl in the small town of Lancaster where they grew up. Now Vic has returned home to confess.
The Trust
Price: $2.81 USD. Words: 87,380. Language: British English. Published: June 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In 1942, following experiments with Anthrax off the west coast of Scotland, a number of people are infected and die. The bodies are removed under cover of darkness. In present day Lancaster a former mental asylum is being redeveloped. The discovery of a body halts the work. Police are struck by similarities to a body found a year earlier prompting speculation that a serial killer may be at work.
The 24 Hour Jazz Cafe
Price: $2.11 USD. Words: 85,350. Language: British English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Mitch Johnson & best friend Rupert Watts turn amateur detective to try and prevent the murder of a girl. But they must also contend with Don Hague, a central figure in the dark underbelly of the town who blames Mitch for the ruin of his career. The police are watching Mitch, and they are also watching Don Hague. Can Mitch & Rupert convince the police to take them seriously before it's too late?
All The Fun Of The Fair
Price: $2.86 USD. Words: 89,160. Language: British English. Published: July 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Set in the seaside town of Morecambe, All the fun of the Fair features a broad cast of characters. Amongst them is Alfie the lonely Park Keeper. Lee Etchman, heavy drinking lothario, teenage temptress Tania Streatham and former showgirl Edith Hird. The book leads us through their lives to a wonderful denoument where some get their just desserts while others excise the poison of past relationships.
Playground Cool
Price: $2.58 USD. Words: 82,860. Language: British English. Published: November 20, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Ben Torrance is devastated when his girlfriend leaves him in the middle of the night following the latest in a series of arguments about having children. He embarks on a love-fuelled mission to find her. When he learns the truth – that Rhia had an affair and became pregnant by his best friend - Ben has to make a decision. Walk away from the woman he loves or bring up another man's child.