Tuesday, October 23, 2012
John Worsley Simpson - Missing Rebecca - Author Interview
1. How did you come up with the title?
The Rebecca part is obvious. She's the one who's missing. The title is meant to be a double entendre. Rebecca is missing and she's being missed by one of the principal characters.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Nothing profound, just the idea that things and people are often not what they appear to be, even to those in close proximity.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
All the details are "real," the geography is accurate, historical references are correct. In short, I always keep the supporting framework of my work within the bounds of possibility. My books don't reflect actual events as they occurred, but on more than one occasion, something similar to a plot of mine has transpired after or at about the same time as the book is published -- not that one was a cause of the other, it's just that my accounts are of things that might happen.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I might make it longer, flesh out some of the characters more.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing is writing, which really means rewriting. Getting the details right, doing the required research is easy. Getting the tone right, getting the rhythm right, getting the words right is challenging. And the really tough part is putting together a plot that is entertaining and interesting and exciting and believable.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I always learn a lot from writing -- apart from the nuts and bolts of background details. The characters I create take on lives of their own and offer insights into human behaviour, quirks, foibles and morality, that broaden my knowledge of my fellow creatures.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Yes, it originated with storybooks that my parents read to me as a child. I think that from the first, I knew that telling those sort of stories, creating worlds in my head, painting magic pictures with words was what I would do, what I had to do, what defined my purpose in life.
8. Who is your favorite (or favourite) author and what is it that really strikes you about his or her work?
I don't have one favourite author, but among my favourites are William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, John Steinbeck, Morley Callaghan, Alice Munro, Eric Ambler, John le Carre, Graham Greene, Elmore Leonard, Rex Stout, Colin Dexter, John Mortimer, Charles Dickens and Gustave Flaubert. I could go on -- and on. There are many, many more and many of those left out are not lesser than the ones in this list. What strikes me about the work of all of these is that they use language so skillfully to tell wonderful, magical stories. They present a world that's better than the one we live in: the world of the imagination. What's the key difference between these and the thousands of others whose works fill the bookstore and library shelves? They could/can write. Their writing is like music, it sings, it resonates, it makes the soul dance and the heart throb.
9. Tell us your latest news.
Not much to tell at the moment beyond the fact that I have a redesigned website: johnworsleysimpson.ca
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I hope you enjoy my new book and if you do, please have a look at my earlier books, and if you like any or all of them, please tell your friends. I don't have a big publicity budget, so word of mouth is what I rely on. Thanks.
About the Book
John's latest book, his fifth novel, Missing Rebecca, is a story of death and deception. After a whirlwind romance, Liam and Rebecca marry, knowing almost nothing of each other's backgrounds. Only months later, on an afternoon shopping trip to a mall in the Buffalo, New York, suburb of Cheektowaga, Rebecca vanishes, seemingly abducted. Or did she make herself disappear? Was the marriage a sham? Was Liam a dupe? This is a novel of high crimes and dark shadows, involving the immensely profitable drug industry in which exclusive access to the market for a medication can mean billions of dollars, and holding on to that exclusivity might lead to lies, deceit, corruption, payoffs, and even murder.
Publisher: Kindle, Create Space
Release date: May 29, 2012
Genre: Crime Fiction
Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
About the Author
JOHN WORSLEY SIMPSON is a crime-fiction writer. John was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, emigrated to Canada at the age of four and grew up in Toronto, He has been a reporter and editor in major newspapers and news services in North America, England and Ireland. He is married and lives in Newmarket, Ontario.
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