Author: Geffrey Kane
Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Supernatural
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
When I was about 13. When I finished school I went on to study for a degree in Journalism and Political Science. I’ve worked as a reporter, sub-editor, freelance security correspondent with the Irish Defence Forces and now, finally, I’ve managed to finish my first book.
2. What books have most influenced your life?
The Philosopher and the Wolf is the single most outstanding book that has influenced me – it’s heartbreaking. Other than that, anything by Michael Marshall Smyth – particularly “Only Forward”. I’m also a massive Douglas Adams fan.
3. Recreant is a mix between thriller, mystery and supernatural. How long did it take you to write this book?
On and off for about two years. I’d write a small piece then put it in a drawer for a while to forget about it. The story has been in my head for close to a decade.
4. We all need a hero! Tell us about your protagonist. Was there a real-life inspiration behind him?
I think i’m the real-life inspiration behind Daniel, my main protagonist. I’ve always struggled with the concept of faith and religion, and I wanted my character to do like wise.
5. Is there any character in your book that you despise? Why?
Yes, but i’m not saying which one.
6. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I work for a semi-state company full time. Other than that, swimming, surfing, walking. I’m a very outdoors kind of person.
7. What was one of the most surprising things you learned when creating your book?
Just how bloody difficult it is to finish a full manuscript.
8. What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The hardest part was trying to get a sense of balance whilst writing about different religious faiths. I didn’t want to be one of those books that simply slated a particular religion for the hell of it or for the controversy.
I wanted to be fair. I’m not religious, so I found that difficult to keep out of the tone of writing. I also don’t believe in demons or magic, but, hey, that’s not as hard to swallow with fiction.
9. How do you come up with the names for your characters and places? Do they have a meaning or do they just sound right to you?
The characters in my book all have specific names. The lead female character is something of a pagan priestess, her name is Saoirse – it means freedom in Irish. The main protagonist is called Daniel – hopefully the inspiration from the biblical use of Daniel comes through.
10. Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?
Yeah, I think the main message or theme is to regularly check in with yourself and ask Is what I’m doing right for me? I think life’s that simple. If it’s right for you, well, that should be enough.
11. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
This is my first novel, although I’m already planning the second one.
12. Do you have any advice for newbie writers?
Just sit down, get the first draft finished. Realise that it’s rubbish and bin it. Then write the second draft. Each time it gets easier and clearer. Eventually you’ll have a full, readable, manuscript.
13. What do you think makes a good story?
Characters have to be real. Like onions. One dimensional characters cause a lot of decent ideas to become really bad books. Dialogue in particular has to shine, and it needs to always be in conflict. Not necessarily an argument, but in a sense that there’s a natural to-and-fro about it.
14. How do you feel about e-books vs. print books and alternative vs.
I’d be lost without my kindle. It’s just so convenient, not to mention tree friendly. But there really is nothing better than the smell of a book, or that feeling when you blasphemously crack the spine to your liking. Conventional publishing still has its head wedged in dark, fetid places. It really does need to catch up in terms of what independent publishing offers authors.
15. What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you?
Best to get me on Twitter using @geffreykane . I’m quite approachable so if you don’t mind what you have to say being on a public forum then Twitter is the place to get me. If however, you want to discuss a private issue, such as give me savage abuse – which I always welcome – then get me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out more about Geffrey Kane and his debut book “Recreant” on Amazon.
Happy reading 🙂