In the latest of our regular interviews with Lodge Books author, Trev Haymer shares his writing ambitions and love of literature.
How long have you been writing books?
I have been writing on and off for the last twenty years from when I was a member of the original Bridlington Writers Group, but I only took it up seriously since retirement.
What genre(s) do you write?
I dislike being pigeon-holed but I would say my present books could be classified as ‘soft crime’. Soft, because I dislike ‘blood and guts’, as it were, so my novels are mainly cold cases, mysteries of finding out who done it.
What was the first book you had published?
A book of 39 Poems for Brid Library and Hull University entitled: Diamond Lil and other Gems.
What was your favourite book as a child and do you still have a copy of it?
Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, because it is about survival – man against nature/elements – and it also tweaks the imagination. Yes I do still have a dog-eared copy.
Where do you normally write?
Propped up on my couch due to poor health.
Who is your current favourite author?
Probably Jo Nesbo and the late Stieg Larsson’s three novels. Also Henning Mankell’s Wallander detective series.
If you could take just one book to a desert island, what would it be?
Not hard to guess – Robinson Crusoe of course. Plenty of survival hints. He’s been there, done that.
If you were not a writer how would you like to share your ideas with others?
Possibly I would suggest ideas for stage plays and TV serials. As it happens, I have recently submitted a specimen script to the BBC for a television series but the competition is fierce!
If you were doing a book signing, who would you most like to come to you with a copy of your book and ask you to sign it with a personal message?
The brilliant singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, then I’d ask him up for tea.
What are your writing ambitions?
To be discovered, of course, like most of us ‘garret writers’ scribbling away. But meanwhile it keeps me off the streets, as it were, and most importantly, keeps the old grey stuff active.
What is the biggest compliment you have been paid as a writer?
(From friends) “I don’t know where you get your imagination from”. My comment: I think imagination is so precious, I suppose it is a gift not to be wasted.
Kindle or paperback, which do you prefer?
Well it is great to have a book published and to stroke a nice well designed and colourful jacket, but I realise Kindle is much cheaper so is likely to be read more, which is the only thing that every true author desires.
Imagine you have lost your memory and someone gives you one of your own books to read. Would you know you had written it?
Eh? What did you say? But yes, I would probably know due to the vivid imagination of the author. My wife says I live in a world of my own, with my head scraping clouds.
What are you writing at the moment?
Having published my only venture into the Futuristic/Sci-Fi genre in 2015, the book, ‘Chosen to Survive, is a look at the future so I’m back to the present now. At the moment I’m well on with a second casebook for ‘The Feisty Professor’. These are more cases for the feisty young lady who assists the police and which are set mainly in Bridlington. The book will most likely be published this year.