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MOTV feature & interview at 'The Reading Addict'


ELF:  What is your writing process?

I like to avoid too much visual description of a character in my books. I don’t want this to get in the way of the reader’s imagination – I’d rather their subconscious fills in the blanks, moulding a figure that they’re reminded of by the character traits. Too much visual description will simply stop the flow of the action or dialogue.

However, as the author, I do need some idea of what the characters look like. For many of the minor players I’ll often choose a character actor from British television or films (usually from the 1970s for some reason); for the main players it’s a little more nebulous. Think of your partner now, or a good friend or family member; I don’t think we have a mental 2-D portrait in our heads when we think of them – it’s more of an essence in which the face and physical attributes are simply a part of the whole. I’m reminded of a story about Picasso. Apparently the artist was travelling in a train when a fellow-passenger asked him why he didn’t paint people "the way they really are." When Picasso asked what he meant the man took out a snapshot of his wife, saying, "That's my wife." Picasso responded, "Isn't she rather small and flat?" So, I try to paint the main characters with their humour, cynicism, the way they smoke, eat, the way they respond to situations … but mainly with the way they speak.

As far as choosing the characters for the cast, well, as I write period fiction I’ve usually read a great deal around the subject and have certain real-life individuals that I want to represent. For example, in "Mask of the Verdoy'", the inspiration for Sir Pelham Saint Clair was the real-life British Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; the second book, The Grimaldi Vaults will feature a character called Ilse Blau, based on the outrageous 1920s Weimar cabaret star Anita Berber ...

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