Interview with Kev Edwards

Describe your desk
It's usually pretty clear. Above it are four photographs that I look at every day. The first is of my parents, neither sadly still with me. My Dad was a voracious reader and loved adventure books. I write with him very much in mind. The second is of my Mother-in-Law, again, sadly no longer with us and again a voracious reader. If I write something and feel that they wouldn't approve, I delete it!
The third picture is of my brother, Terry. He died in 2007 and his picture reminds me of his standards of written and spoken English. He was a teacher and all his writing, whether private or professional, was always of the highest standard. The final picture is of my wife, daughters and dog who, each in their own way, inspire me to continue writing.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are extremely important. I find it humbling that people actually paid money to read my first book. I hope that they enjoyed it. From the reviews that I have had so far, it seems they did. It is no exaggeration that without them, there would be little point in writing. But, I would like more feedback so I can really write what they want to read. I have almost completed my second book and this will go into the proof reading stage soon.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Cornwall, England. It's the extreme south westerly tip of our small island ofm Great Britain. My home village, Newlyn, was, and is a small fishing port. though in my childhood it was one of the biggest in Great Britain. On leaving school I joined the Merchant navy and continued my life long love of the sea and all things nautical. As a navigator, much of my time was spent on the Bridge or on deck overseeing the loading and discharge of cargoes. Those early years hugely influence what I write about
When did you first start writing?
Seriously in 2013. though I did write a few short stories before this. I didn't submit them, but wanted to see how it felt to write.
What are you working on next?
Some of the same characters from Books 1, 2 and 3, but this time with a different twist. I try to identify a nautical theme that anyone can relate to. When I analysed possible types of readers I thought about everyone who had a connection with the sea. There are the obvious ones, people who earn their livings by plying the oceans. They could be Merchant or "real" Navy sailors, fishermen, dock workers etc. But they could also be those who holiday by the sea, travel on ferries or ocean liners. Or simply all of us who rely on the sea to bring them their daily goods - over 80% of goods travel by containers on ships. That excludes the gas, oil and other bulk goods that we need to survive. The list is endless and so too is the possible list of themes for my books.
Having written about the more specific and serious maritime crimes in Books 1 and 2 and terrorism in Books 2 and 3, my next book will be more adventure and sea-based. There already seem to be a lot of books focusing on different aspects of terrorism!
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors from the way-back past are Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Joseph Conrad, C.S. Forester and Herman Melville. My favourite authors from the more recent past are people like Alistair Maclean, Douglas Reeman/Alexander Kent, Nicholas Monsarrat, Neville Shute. They all wrote beautiful prose, easy to read stories that I related easily to. And they wrote about the sea, my favourite subject. But, I also enjoy more modern authors like Lee Childs, David Baldacci and Martin O'Brien.
The one thing all these people have in common is first class story telling and brilliantly believable characters that you can empathise with.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My dog! She's a five year old Border collie and we have long morning walks together. And those walks give me the time to think about what I wrote the previous day and what I want to write when I get home. I love my writing, though I also have other work and voluntary activities to look after.
Above all that, is my family life. I am happy and content and have family and friends around me that I would never replace.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, walking my dog, occasional rounds of golf and spending time with my family and friends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
A recent addition to my list of preferred authors, rented out a house that we stayed in for a week's holiday in Devon. His books were on the shelves and I downloaded one when I got home. It was brilliant. Otherwise, through conversations with family and friends and by looking through the digital libraries and sampling books. If they don't grab me within a couple of chapters I don't buy.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a short story, just a page long, for a magazine that my Mother in Law read occasionally. The story was really soppy, but I thought it fitted the genre. I never submitted it, but it gave me a taste of what people looked for in particular categories of story.
How do you approach cover design?
My sister-in-law is a graphic designer and runs her own department for a major US TV channel. We talk about the story line and she produces a series of samples. She has yet to fail in producing a good and relevant design.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. HMS Ulysses by Alistair Maclean. The book is about a Royal Naval ship escorting convoys on the Murmansk run during World War 2. The descriptions of the perils, dangers, attacks, and sheer misery were so realistic. His writing made you believe you were actually on the ship.
2. A Flock of Ships by Brian Callison. His writing is pithy, but focuses largely on sea-going adventures. His characters are always well drawn and real.
3. To Glory We Steer by Douglas Reeman/Alexander Kent. This author wrote a number of books under different names. But his writing was impeccable, his characters entirely believable and his story lines well researched.
4. Reacher by Lee Childs. Any of the Reacher books are good. Some say they are formulaic. But does that matter as long as the story is good, the plot viable, the research accurate and you feel empathy for the characters?
5. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad. An absolute classic and stands the test of time. The writing is so descriptive and the story compelling.
Published 2016-04-17.
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Books by This Author

The Golden Seas
Series: International Marine Police. Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 93,070. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Commodore William Smart, Ben Petersen and Ellie Bannerman fight hardened criminals and terrorist sympathisers off the Isles of Scilly in this latest International Marine Police adventure. Their search for gold bullion, lost in a shipwreck in the 1960s, puts them in untold danger as the wreck also houses deadly chemical weapons. Their task is to locate the wreck before the criminals reach it.
The Savage Seas
Series: International Marine Police. Price: $1.30 USD. Words: 99,230. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Sea adventures, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
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