Thursday, 20 September 2012

Steve Farndon

Author of: The Escape Company

Book Blurb:

A British crime thriller with humour.

As an introduction, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am definately over 21 and at present work in IT in Leicester for a well known bank (the red one who support F1). I am married with two children and two grandchildren and have a chocolate labrador called Rocco. 

My interests include Motor racing, especially Karting and Great Danes (I help out with rescuing Danes that need new homes) This is my first book of a proposed trilogy. Book 2 is well under way and due out next year. I am also writing a historical book about HenryVIII's seventh wife.

What is your book about?

Written in the first person, Escape Company. begins with two men bound together by the same experience. With both of their wives in prison, they are fired with the same idea—how to get their ladies out.  The idea becomes an obsession, with meticulous planning involving prison routines, deadlocks, and security cameras, not to mention razor wire and some very unfriendly dogs.  Our two heroes spring their wives successfully and the idea occurs to them to form a limited company—limited to certain prisoners who merit release. So Escape Company. is born, a dedicated team of lawbreakers whose services are provided to inmates with large amounts of cash.  There are rules of course. Terrorists, sex offenders, and psychos can stay where they are, but anybody else? Well, each case is decided on its own merits.

When and why did you begin writing?

In Spain on the Costa del Sol and Solihull about 5 years ago.

What genre do you prefer to write in?

Almost any except sci-fi and romance

What is your biggest writing achievement to date?

Having my first book sale on Amazon last year

What inspired you to write this book?

I have always had a fascination for prisons and escapes.

Who is your favourite author, and what is it about their work that strikes a chord with you?

Difficult one - many - Stephen Leather, Martina Cole, Jeoffrey Archer,  some of Charles Dickens (but not all)

What book are you reading now, and would you recommend it?

Just started Rumpole of the Bailey (just finished Hell, Purgatory and Heaven by Archer

What are your current projects?

Writing a book on Henry Viii's - seventh  wife - a Lady Mary Shelton (The research on this is very time consuming). She was his 4th wife after Jane Seymour and before Anne of Cleves

Where and when do you do most of your writing?

At work - I look after a banks computers (the red one who sponsor F1) - plenty of time and Internet access

What would you say was the hardest part of writing your book?

Proof reading and getting the English correct - not my strong point

Who designed your book cover – and was the cover something you deemed important?

No one designed it - I am currently thinking about getting someone to design one - I think it is very important - it has to catch the buyers eye

Did you try to go down the route of traditional publishing first – or did you feel that self-publishing was right for you from the beginning?

Yes I did - had it published in America years ago (before it was proof read - I have since re-wrote it, renamed it and bought the rights from the company in America

On the whole, how have you found self-publishing?

Its early days - hard to say - the hardest part by far is getting it noticed and marketing it.

Where can we buy the book?

Amazon - Kindle - Smashwords

Do you have a website or blog where we can keep tabs on you?

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes - do your research thoroughly and get it proof read and have a brill synopsis

And, finally, do you have anything else that you’d like to say to everyone?

Yes - please buy my book

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