Phillip Drown is a writer and music enthusiast. He has worked in an independent record shop for more than ten years. He lives in Kent.
The Reputation of Booya Carthy is his first novel.
Describe your desk
My desk is pretty small, a nice and basic pine affair. I don't really know where I first got it from - it's been with me since mid-2007. I think that I probably procured it from my parents house when they or I was moving (which they/I tend to do quite a lot).
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in England, as a child I was always fascinated with Spike Milligan, Michael Rosen and Roald Dahl. I remember enjoying making up my own stories and poems - usually in the nonsense-style of the aforementioned - and attempting to add illustrations to them. (Spike looked around our house once upon a time; apparently I walked with him and his wife reciting his poems. I have only vague recollections of this old man who said not a word). At that age, my heroes weren't footballers and musicians: it was people who wrote poems that kept me constantly amused.
All that Calvin 'Booya' Carthy wants to do is play the blues. Immersing himself into the cut-throat local scene, his popularity spreads beyond the county borders. The Great Depression has hit America. Violent racial hatred remains rife. As danger follows Calvin to those he loves, he must decide how much he would sacrifice for his reputation. Where is there to hide when everyone knows your name?