I had the pleasure of dialoguing with accidental author David Rashleigh. David wrote “Sciron,” an interesting tale of history and mystery. Though it’s different than “Core,” Sciron seems like it’s a fantastic read!
How can a ghost haunt the top floor of a new building?
A murder victim’s spirit cannot escape the former railway line where he worked and was killed. Other victims of the same incident haunt a young Yorkshire man. A former soldier is researching his father’s disappearance when he stumbles across a wartime act of sabotage. A young couple and their son, unaware of the history of the huge stone wall that faces their flat, receive terrifying visitations. But who was the spy, codenamed Sciron, who was responsible for destruction, betrayal and death?
Here’s how my talk with David went!
1. You’re an accidental author, David, which no one will argue is a pretty cool concept. But now that it’s happened, can you tell us how authorship has changed your life?
It might sound like a cliché, but it has opened up a whole new world. I had no idea just how many indie authors there are out there, and how friendly they all are! It has also swept away my avowed intention never to get involved with social media, especially Twitter. It also led to me being invited to speak at a community history event (now that was scary). On top of that, I have made a whole new circle of friends, both online and in person. My family are, of course, totally unimpressed with the whole thing.
2. Your novel, Sciron, seems to be a paranormal tale drenched in history. Can you tell us what the concept of “history” means to you? How did your love of history lead to your accidental authorship?
Technically, yesterday is history. I think that to any individual, the definition of history is itself defined by their own experiences. For anybody under the age of thirty, for instance, the moon landings happened in a different age. For me, they were a time of great excitement; I was six years old when Neil Armstrong uttered that immortal line.
I’ve explained in one of my own blog posts how the original idea for Sciron came about. Essentially, close to where I live are many remnants of a railway line that was closed nearly fifty years ago, and I couldn’t help wondering if the people who live near them, or drive past them, had any notion of what they might be.
3. Tell us about your upcoming book. Genre? Do you have a potential release date? What should readers expect?
The next book, “Mindblower: Assassin”, is the first of a trilogy. I’ve stuck with a paranormal theme, but it’s a political thriller rather than a ghost story. It’s currently with the editor, but I’m hoping to get it out by the end of July. You can read the prologue on my website.
It is different to Sciron in that it is more graphic. I wrote my first book on the basis that I might want an elderly aunt to read it: the result of that is that it is entirely suitable for almost any age. The Mindblower trilogy is definitely adults only, though.
4. If you could be one character in Sciron, who would you choose to be and why?
Now, that’s a hard one. I’m torn between the two older protagonists, Jack Rimmer and Cedric Morgan, who have led the most interesting lives. I don’t really want to say beyond that, because the book is a bit of a whodunit and I don’t want to give any of the story away!
5. Give the writing world one bit of advice, David. What is the one thing you want a hopeful author, accidental or not, to remember?
Get an editor! They are expensive and annoying (no offence, Dea) and seem to delight in taking the outpourings of your soul and ripping them to shreds. But, and it’s an important but, they will have a different perspective on the story and will point out any flaws in the plot. They will also correct your spelling, punctuation and grammar. It’s so exasperating to read a great story that’s badly written.
Thank you, David! It was a pleasure interviewing you. Good luck with Sciron and your future endeavors!
And please check out my debut novel, “Core,” before you say goodbye!