Interview with S C Cunningham

What motivated you to write THE DAVID TRILOGY?
Years ago I was living in London, a serial attacker was prowling the streets, he targeted me but luckily I got away unscathed, I helped police with their inquiries, a photo-fit etc, they eventually caught him after he'd damaged many women. When I looked into his cold, calm eyes I wondered where the hate had come from, what had made him this way? I wanted to warn other girls that this sort of evil energy was out there. My protagonist DAVID HOWARD was born. I mixed in the fun, sexy, shallow side of the lifestyle I had witnessed working in celebrity management and David's opposite, naughty leading lady TARA WARR was born. -
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I write what I know, therefore everything I do influences my writing, I think it is the same for most writers - The eldest of five, of Irish parents (Dublin) who moved to London when the exciting 1960's energy beckoned and the streets were paved with gold. I was born and grew up in England, returning to the Irish family home (Wicklow) during holidays. At the age of eight years I was sent to a boarding school in the heart of rural England, Ascot, run by Irish nuns. It was a cauldron of emotions (Irish mischief and hate of rules kept me in trouble) but am grateful for the experience, I have weaved the loneliness, the power of religious fear, the destruction of obsession and the loss of innocence, observed at school into the formation of my protagonist, psychotic killer, David Howard, in THE DAVID TRILOGY.
What's the story behind your David Trilogy?
Book I - THE PENANCE LIST - Seductive DAVID HOWARD is obsessed with fun loving city-girl TARA WARR, her lovers, friends and workmates are in his way, but not for long. Revenge, betrayal, kidnap, murder... and he's just getting started. How much blood before schoolboy lust is sated?

Book II - UNFINISHED BUSINESS - What happens when feisty TARA has had enough running, when she turns the tables on her stalker and gives him a taste of his own medicine? Watch out DAVID, there is no telling what a woman will do when she is no longer afraid of death.

Book III - FOR MY SINS - Is on its way.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, I write for them, to entertain them, I like to make them smile and ask for more. I am blessed with some wonderful fans, they engage with me and the characters, giving me courage. We are all excited to see DAVID HOWARD and TARA WARR on the big screen, the books are being adapted to film.
When did you first start writing?
As a child I loved storytelling, entertaining, I had a colorful way of getting my message across, at an early age I remember the English teacher fighting giggles at my description of holiday makers on a beach. '... oceans of uncontrollable oily flesh.'
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to entertain, to take people out of their world for a time; I worked for eight years within the music to film industry, and adore the magic of film, I therefore write novels with film in mind, working with Directors, Producers and Screenwriters to adapt them to film... make the characters breath. A scary thought where DAVID is concerned.
What are you working on next?
'THE LA MANGA 6' - a sexy thriller, five naughty forty-something career women have holidayed together for the past ten years in the same Spanish villa. For one week a year they let their hair down and cause a little chaos with the locals. When a body lands on their balcony, tempers start to fray, indiscretions start to catch up with them and the dark secret they share becomes too heavy to carry.
How do you approach cover design?
I am lucky, my daughter is complementary artist SCARLETT RAVEN, she designs my covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
I adore Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, also writers; Patterson, Connolly, Cole, Grisham, and Agatha Christie.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has offered me the platform to sell my works. Each year it improves, giving more and more control to the author. It is a magical place. Thank you Smashwords. :-)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
to juggle 26 letters that make my novel....
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Am owned by two dogs and a daughter, contemporary artist Scarlett Raven. Beach walks, good food, company and wine.... and dog biscuits :-)
Published 2015-01-14.
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Books by This Author

Unfinished Business
Series: The David Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 90,920. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Intimidating, compelling, carnal, DAVID is a man well accustomed to being adored, but what happens when feisty city-girl TARA no longer wants to play by his rules? She's had enough of running, of living in fear, playing the victim, it's time to turn tables and give her stalker a taste of his own medicine. Watch out DAVID, there's no telling what a woman will do when she's no longer afraid to die.