Interview with Maurice Northmore

Where do you live?
I grew up in England, and emigrated to Australia, but since 2012, I have lived in England.
What prompted you to write?
I honed my technical writing skills working as an electrical and mechanical engineer. But in 2001, I read an awful novel and thought, 'I could do better myself.' I didn't realize it at the time just how important that awful novel would be, as the following year, I started to write my first fictional short story. Not long after this, I began writing my first novel "The Urban Soldier" and shortly after this, I began writing poetry.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have finished my previous (current story) 'Lost in Transit,' and published this with 'Smashwords.'

The story I am currently writing is about a detective who is confronted with a murder case, which he solves with relative ease. However, there is another murder he is entrusted to solve, and this murderer is the most brutal sadistic killer post war Britain has seen. This murder has sent shock waves of terror throughout the country, and it might be the one murder the detective cannot solve. The killer has covered his tracks completely, and even plays a game of cat and mouse with the detective and goads and taunts the man trusted to bring the killer to justice. The detective is struggling, and it's not just because of a lack of evidence. The murder has come at the worst time of the detective's illustrious career. For throughout the detective's investigations, he has one weakness, which is hampering and distracting him, and only he and the brutal killer knows what it is. What the killer does at the end of the story is shockingly unthinkable, and it's a curse, which will torture the detective for the rest of his miserable life.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Publishing with 'Smashwords' has been easy, enjoyable and cost effective. I have no complaints, only gratitude.
What do your fans mean to you?
I don't have a fan club, as such, but a lot of readers and friends who have read my writing, have provided me with support and encouragement. Even my ardent critics, have provided me with input, and ideas, some of which I have taken on board and utilized. Without all these people, my writing would not be where it is today.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing a story, is the positive feedback I receive from writing it, and the comments from readers who have enjoyed reading it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was motivated to become an Indie Author purely as a matter of evolution, and a desire to reach more people in the literary world.
What Will You Work on next?
After I finish the crime novel I am currently writing, I have an idea for a story based in Bombay India. The story starts in 1947, at the time India is fighting for its independence. The streets are running like rivers of blood. People of all different religions are turning on one another. And throughout the turmoil, a Hindu mother is fighting for the safety of her illegitimate child. Meanwhile, the father of the child, a high ranking British Officer, who is trying to extricate Britain, and it's personnel safely and satisfactorily out of India, has kept the affair a secret, and if it became public knowledge, it would destroy his decorated career for ever.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have numerous favourite authors, but I do like Jeffrey Archer. I find his plots interesting and his style of writing very good, and easy to follow. I also admire Terry Pratchett for his sheer ability and imagination. I also like to read first time authors, and other authors at random, so I get a wider perspective on various writers styles.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The positive feeling of being happy with my life, and who I spend it with, and just life itself.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In my younger years, I was an excellent middle distance runner and a useful football player. I raced motorbikes for a while, then a little later, played competitive squash. I'm still interested in these pastimes and most sports, but but no longer actively involved.

These days I am interested in photography and music. I love to travel and see how other people live and behave in their environment. I try to keep fit bike riding, walking, swimming and going to the gym. I like to relax, drink coffee with friends and family, read, and watch television.
What is your writing process?
My writing is structured. First, I think of the main idea for my story. Then I decide where the story should start, and where it should end. Then I use a specialized software program, in which, I have created 3 acts, and numerous scene prompts, and I use these prompts to develop my story.

I have published a book at Smashwords titled "Fast Track Your Novel". This book contains everything I've learnt about how to write a novel. I now use this book to develop a skeleton plot of my story, and call upon the multitude of tips in it that I need to construct my story. If you plan to write, or are writing a novel, check out this book and save yourself months of searching for ideas.
How do you approach cover design?
I search for covers which are relevant to my story, then see how I can adapt them.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favourite book is: "The Day Christ Died" by Jim Bishop. This book is amazing. I couldn't put it down, and further more, it made me think of things I never thought I could think of. It gives an hour by hour account of the last 24 hours of Christ's life, that will have you hanging onto your seat. It virtually changed my life. I thoroughly recommend this book. 5 Stars.

Other books I've enjoyed are: "Blott on the Landscape" and "All Creatures Great and Small," for the feel good feeling they gave me. "The Boy in the Blue Striped Pyjamas," for its easy read.

And because I feel like being self indulgent, my first novel, "The Urban Soldier." It's an easy fast paced read, and the simple fact is, most readers said: "They could not put it down."
Published 2018-03-21.
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Books by This Author

The Urban Soldier
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,760. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » European
A boy who knows he should have been a girl, and that he has another mother, somewhere. But the woman calling herself his mother, has just attacked him with a knife and threatened to kill him. If she had have succeeded, he would never have known what challenges, and good things life has in store for him, and would have missed the chance to find love, in the one place he never thought to look.
Penelopes Wedding
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 13,150. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
It's springtime, and the village of Sunny Dale is abuzz with talk of Penelope's wedding. But how could the wedding of an ideal couple in such a peaceful idyllic English village, cause so much trouble?
Lost in Transit
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,110. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Why is Jack Smith’s face gaunt, twisted, tired and sad, and why is he sat in such a dowdy room talking about his private life to a man he's never even met before? Why does he have so many unanswered questions spinning around inside his head, and why are the odds always stacked against him?
Fast Track Your Novel
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,980. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
(5.00 from 1 review)
Why waste years learning the tricks of the trade about novel writing? "Fast Track Your Novel" is an absolutely brilliant must have valuable informative resource book for novel writers of all abilities, from the first time writer to the more experienced writer. Learn all about story elements in detail, and how these elements affect a story. Discover how to weave a story, and tantalize the reader
Price: $2.00 USD. Words: 6,530. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Spiritual
'Atmospheric' is an award winning book of emotionally descriptive poetry.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 56,640. Language: British English. Published: July 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Adventure » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Interesting, mystifying, suspenseful, quirky short stories
The Prime Ministers Rival
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,850. Language: British English. Published: July 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Foster Saunders aspires to become Prime Minister, but the ruthless John D Jackson, the current Prime Minister, and Foster's bitter ex-lover, Sarah Pritchard, plot to ruin his political career forever.