What’s your novel called?
The Borassic Coast (Part 1)
What’s it about?
Dorsentric life: a flipside to the over-simplified image of a tranquil rural idyll. It is a dark and harsh view at times, but also has some mordantly funny moments to break up the clouds.
When did you write it?
Some sections written over a decade ago, others more recently, all revisited and reworked extensively in 2013.
Why did you write it? What was the inspiration behind it?
I wanted to connect a collection of short stories I'd been working on. Each one had Dorset in common, when I put them together it began to map out a rich, peculiar and sometimes brutal world. I got into it and things began to take on a momentum of their own.
Why did you wait until now to publish it?
I wasn't confident enough and I didn't know how to pull off the ambition of the idea. It dawned on me that if I was ever going finish it, I just had to knuckle down and find out how to. So I got some help, and I tried a bit harder.
Does your book have a theme?
It looks at quite a few themes. I wanted the Dorset coast and landscape to be a sort of 'anvil'; a beautiful but dangerous place, like a desert full of hazards and mirages. There's quite a body count by the end.
Are the characters based on real people?
Some events happened to real people, or are based on personal experiences, some ideas came from dreams and a lot more comes from developing a particular set of circumstances. There are several departures into the unknown. One section started as a short film script. When I began writing it out in 'longhand' it seemed to have greater potential and depth.
What’s your favourite bit?
Favourite bit was holding a finished copy.
Give us three words to sum up the book’s style.
Deepest Darkest Dorset.
Are there any more books in the pipeline?There is a part 2 and I have begun piecing it together. I haven't finished with some of the characters yet and there's a few more to introduce.