I’m pleased to share my interview with Gordon Bickerstaff! Like, Follow, Share, READ and review!
Tell us about your books, genre, stand-alone or series.
My books are in the crime/thriller genre but not police /detective. They take inspiration from a TV series in the 70s called ‘Doomwatch’ centered around a government department which investigates high-level crimes. So in my books, the department is called The Lambeth Group. The series is now 6 books, and all the stories are stand-alone but there are recurring characters and in each new episode. The series features ex-Special Forces Zoe Tampsin and scientist Gavin Shawlens as the principal protagonists.
How long have you been writing?
I started pulling ideas together and writing scenes about twelve years ago. When I retired in 2011, I started writing full-time.
Are you traditionally published, or self-published?
Self-published. I have been trad published, but they were academic textbooks.
If self-published when/why did you take that route.
I prefer self-pub because it is easy to enhance the stories weeks, months or years later. Self-pub is less pressure. Even with academic books, I had publishers asking for a synopsis of the next book and the next and their deadlines are rigid because of schedules.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both researching and writing are energising. Editing and marketing are exhausting.
How many hours a day do you write?
Depends on the scene. Creating a new scene can consume 10 hours a day. Modifying, tweaking or enhancing can take a few hours in a day.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I try to. Good reviewers can provide useful feedback, which has led me to tweak a story. I don’t bother with bad reviews. If someone didn’t like a book, then that is a personal choice. You can’t please all of the readers. I’m a reader, and I’ve read books that weren’t for me. It is also about numbers if I have 20 reviews and only or two are negative then that can be ignored. If 15 reviews were negative, then there is something wrong with the book.
What was your hardest scene to write?
I haven’t found any scene hard to write. I prefer to research a topic, so I have material to inform me and help me create a new perspective. Having said that, some of the research I’ve done has been harrowing.
What is your favorite childhood book?
The Biggles adventures by W.E. Johns were my favourites.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
One the story is done, going over and over and over it to find plot holes, errors and scene glitches that need to be fixed.
Who is your favorite author and have you ever tried to emulate them?
I like Tess Gerritsen, James Patterson, and Lee Child. I think I am aware of their style and as I enjoy reading them, I aim to reach their standard.
What book changed your life?
Jules Verne ‘20,000 Leagues Under The Sea’ made me want to become a scientist, which I did.
Is there anything you want us to know about you or your books?
Feedback is always welcome. Try one before you decide. On my Website, there are Free PDF samples of first 8 chapters of each book. No sign-up required.
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The most recent book (June 2018) is ‘Tears of Fire’
Two serial killers have been getting away with murder for years. For them, it’s a well-paid hobby while they bide their time. It’s about to stop when everything slots into place for them to leap to the next level. Payback for the people who killed their parents.
Lambeth Group investigator, Gavin Shawlens, is on their trail. But all is not as it seems and he is pushed way out of his depth when the killers turn on his family. Gavin’s Lambeth Group partner, Zoe Tampsin, is cut off from him and fighting her own battle to stay alive.
They need to connect, but Zoe will face an impossible choice. Stop the killers before they pull off the most audacious murder that will shock the world and change it forever. Or, rescue Gavin’s family from the jaws of evil.
Thank you Theresa