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Ian Kingsley on Sandman

Sandman by Ian KingsleySandman by Ian Kingsley. New Generation Publishing.  240 pages.

About your book:

What do you think readers will find most notable about Sandman?

I would say that would be strong characterization and what, Norm Goldman, an Amazon Top 500 Reviewer, calls its ‘quick punchy dialogue’ and the fact ‘readers can’t help turn the pages compulsively’.

Did researching and writing this book teach you anything or influence your thinking in any way?

When planning to use its beautiful harbourside location in Dorset, England, I became increasingly aware that this would, in itself, provide a great foil against which to set the traumas of those involved in this murderous and suspenseful tale.

What would you most like readers to tell others about this book?

I like what Sophie King said about Sandman: ‘A gripping psychological read with characters that reach out and grab you. A real page-turner.’ Maybe just tell them that. And hopefully confirm that all the characters are well-developed and memorable.

Can you suggest one question readers might find interesting to discuss, concerning you, your writing in general, or this book?

The way I handle viewpoint in this book is perhaps one of the most interesting aspects. I wanted to offer maximum drama through viewpoint, so I chose to use several principal viewpoint characters, both male and female – but not so many that it caused confusion or a disjointed narrative. Most of the time I use two principal characters: the protagonist and antagonist. The conflict between them is what this book is all about.

How can readers help you promote this book?

There are so many ways, and they are all important for the debut novelist. How much space do I have? If you enjoy Sandman, take your pick from: tell your friends; write an Amazon review; ‘tag’ the most appropriate tags shown on its Amazon page (quick and easy, and this helps place the title higher in search lists against these terms); mention it in your social networking. Give the book as a gift, even! The cover is a great picture in its own right, and the print quality of the text is high, so it is worth keeping on the bookshelf to help entertain visitors.

About You:

Why do you write?

Quite honestly I was born to write. I am addicted to it. Every phase of my technical career spawned a non-fiction book and I always had the ambition to write fiction. Finally I got there!

What is your greatest strength as a writer?

The ability to just sit down, write, and watch it flow. It seems to come naturally. (The first time round, that is. So that doesn’t mean I don’t edit. I edit my socks off. Nor does it mean I don’t plan. I always like a route map.)

What quality do you most value in yourself?

Tenacity, I guess. It’s the only way to get a plot to fruition and a book through to publication.

In addition to writing, what else are you passionate about?

Dogs, I suppose. I love having – and walking – a dog.

What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life?

Getting a work of fiction out, at long last. What I need now is enough readers to make a bigger publisher see my writing as viable.

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Posted by Pearl on Nov 6 2010. Filed under Author Interviews. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry
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