Geoffrey Bird

Biography

Geoffrey Bird was born in Cheshire. He began his working life at sixteen in the offices of an engineering firm, going on to work for the Post Office before becoming a full-time writer. He is married with two sons.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Cruel Sea (Nicholas Monsarrat).
This is a book I return to time and time again. For me it has everything: drama, action, love, treachery, honour, bravery, every element of the human condition and, most of all, it’s not about impossibly heroic characters - it’s about very ordinary people dealing with a war and dealing with the effects of that war. It is moving, uplifting, harrowing and stirring. Truly a marvellous story.

Lonesome Dove (Larry McMurtry).
An epic tale, brilliantly written. Gus and Call are memorable characters and the descriptions of people and situations are superb. A deeply moving story.

Shadow Hunters (David Mace)
A Cold War tale of a hunt for an enemy who may or may not be there. A very well-written and atmospheric story; the personal rivalries between the pilots and the scenes in the air are gripping.

Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
What makes this novel such a delight to read is the discovery of so many insights into Scarlett’s character. This, coupled with the relentlessly unfolding events of the Civil War, make this a thoroughly captivating story. The movie (epic though it is) really doesn’t do this tale justice – there’s so much in the book to enjoy and savour.

The Day Before Midnight (Stephen Hunter)
The characters in this story really come alive. Their dialogue and thoughts are brilliantly written. The action scenes, always written with a strong focus on what the participants are thinking and feeling, are vivid and tense and make this a quite excellent novel.
What is your writing process?
When the process is triggered (and it can be anything: One Man’s Empire has its origins in a tea-room menu; in the case of Linden Grove the title just popped into my head as I was working on something else) I mull over the idea, jotting down whatever thoughts come into my head, adding notes about characters, scenes, situations, always building it up into some kind of structure. Mixed with this is research into whatever I find I need more detail for. Then there will come a point when I’ve got so much material that I need to organise it into an outline.
On this point I should say that I don’t write the outline in minute detail; I’m of the Irving Wallace school, favouring the careful development of the main stories and subplots and ensuring the whole thing has the proper perspective and balance, yet sometimes sketching scenes or characters or situations in only very broad strokes, thus leaving room for invention and spontaneity in the writing.
The first draft is always the hardest part but after eight or nine thousand words a momentum develops and that carries me through the writing of the full novel. I’m quite thorough with the revision and rewriting; I like to be sure that I’ve done the best I can with each sentence, each scene, each chapter.
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Books

Jim Dagger
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,590. Language: British English. Published: February 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
Only hard men survive along the River and Jim Dagger is the hardest of all, crushing anyone who gets in his way. Then Nathan Sullivan arrives and Dagger may have met his match at last. Murders – old and new, desperate rescues in raging seas, violence and treachery confront Nathan, and the River may claim more lives before matters are finally settled with the ruthless King of the River: Jim Dagger.
One Man's Empire
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 111,310. Language: British English. Published: June 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
John Butler inherits a coffee plantation in Ceylon – and plans to sell it to fund his wild gambling. The discovery of a sturdy crop of tea-bushes among the ruined trees of the storm-ravaged estate leads him to build a thriving tea estate. But when the bank from which John has borrowed money collapses, he is forced to gamble once more – and this time the stakes are everything he owns and loves.
Linden Grove
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 146,320. Language: British English. Published: April 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Linden Grove, 1913. An affluent suburb, where residents are respectable and respected. But behind their doors exist a clutch of dark secrets that will bring their well-ordered world crashing down. A gripping tale of moral dilemmas and intrigues unfolding amidst the social upheaval of the early twentieth century.

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