I am glad that I can say Hi! to Andrew Scorah, a productive crime and thriller author of the Dalton’s Blues series, The Beasts, Devlin, A Collection in Time, Eastern Fury and Other Tales, among others, and his fiction appeared in anthologies, such as Action: Pulse Pounding Tales Volumes 1 and 2 – take your time and check them on Amazon, and visit his author webpage to find more about him.
Hi, Andrew, it’s a pleasure to have you here – can you tell us a bit about yourself, please?
It’s a pleasure to be here, Renato, thanks for having me. Well, what to say about me, I was born many moons ago in Doncaster, a town in South Yorkshire. From an early age I always had an interest in writing, one of my teachers wrote in my school report that if you could not find Andrew, always check in the reading corner, you could be sure to find him with his nose stuck in a book. For most of my life I’ve worked in the security industry, whether it be a pub door, pop concert or festival, I’ve done most of them. Along the way experiencing the darker side of life, which I guess is what I draw on for my books. I live in Swansea, Wales now, having moved here in 2000, with my fiancée, Lisa, and our two children, Tammie and Steffan. Aside from reading and writing I love music, especially Bruce Springsteen. I’ve also been known to partake in a bit of Karaoke as well.
You’re a crime and thriller author (and a prolific one): where do you get the inspiration?
A lot of the stuff I write kind of just pops into my head and begs me to write it. Other times from newspaper stories or stuff I pick up while trawling the net, and then I’m hit with a what if…
Do you invest a lot of time into research and planning your novels or do you just sit down and let your imagination do the work?
Some times, I have to do research, for things like weapons, locations et al. Google Earth is great for travelling the world from your armchair. I tend to sit down and start writing, and then research when I get to a point where it’s needed.
Have you ever written – or thought about writing – for film, TV, theater, or comics?
I would love to write for film or tv, but it’s something I have not done as yet. In the future, who knows.
How much time of your life is devoted to writing?
Since at the moment I don’t have a full time job, I’m a househusband at the moment, I can set my own hours when it comes to writing. I tend to set a target of between two thousand and three thousand words a day, I do try not to let it get in the way of family life.
Is writing a way to express yourself and to entertain your readers, or a higher mission?
For me, it’s just a way to entertain readers, I love telling stories.
You write both novels and short prose – which do you prefer to write?
Seeing as I’m a lazy so and so, shorts I prefer, novels are too much hard work, ha ha. Only joking, I don’t mind either, it all depends on the story and where it wants to go. I have started a story that I only intended to be a short story and it ended up novella size.
Do you have any special routine or ritual that makes your creative juices flowing?
No special routine, coffee, cigarettes, don’t tell my doctor, ha ha. And music, got to have music while I work, anything rousing and emotional gets my juices flowing.
How much of your time is taken up by Social Media, both for promoting your work and networking with your fellow writers?
Sometimes too much, checking statuses etc. One thing I don’t do enough of is network, I should do more.
Publishing vs. self-publishing – which works best for you? Which self-publishing platform do you find most successful?
I only have experience with self-publishing so can’t comment on the traditional side of things. I publish through Amazon’s KDP platform. I have published through Smashwords, but KDP has been the best platform for me.
What is on your writing desk at the moment?
At the moment, my cigarettes, an ash tray, a cup of coffee and Captain Jack, my lucky mascot.
Who are your literary heroes?
Now that’s a question, too numerous to mention here, David Morrell, Elmore Leonard, Stephen King, Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir of The Destroyer series of books, Matt Hilton, Steven Leather, to name a few.
What advice would you give to a young writer?
My advice would be to follow the road to your dream, but don’t forget to listen to those who have travelled this way before.
Thank you, Andrew!