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Cafe Three-Zero Take 7 Author Interview – with Jim Mcilroy

Each week we are featuring a couple of our now published authors, and inviting them to answer 7 questions about their writing and inspirations. They have all contributed to our first e-book, Tales From The Cafe: Vol 1, details of which are posted on our home page. Our fifth interview features Jim Mcilroy.  You can also find out a little more about him on his author page… 

Q1  Give us some background on yourself?

Engineer for thirty years all the way back from boyhood ambition. Have designed bits of space craft, control rooms, networks, and at one time over twenty years ago I designed the Greenwich Time Signal system at the BBC. Scary thought for someone who is late for meetings, however nobody else was late and that’s what counts.

Q2  What was the basis for your story in Tales from the Cafe, Vol 1?

During a visit to the museum ship HMS Belfast in London I read a plaque which refers to the accuracy of the guns and their target. Whoever set them up had a sense of humour. I decided to create a story by changing the target in fiction.

Q3  Why did you want to become an author?

After writing engineering documents for twenty years or so I had an urge to write fiction for pleasure. Still write engineering docs occasionally.

Q4  Any advice for fledgling authors?

Follow your dream. Don’t worry if you can’t figure the plot out in your head (I can’t either.) Start writing and you will be amazed where it can lead.

Q5  What authors do you like and admire?

Tom Bradby for thrillers with historical detail, Tim Sebastian for believable spy novels, and James Lee Burke for great books set in Southern Louisiana.

Q6  What do you do when you’re not writing fiction?

Fiddle around with old computers at home and achieve nothing except contentment. Travel when I can afford it. Aside from that put on my engineering hat and make sure I achieve something so I can buy food.

Q7  What will you do if you become famous?

Design a poster with the words ‘Imagine That!’ on it, stick it on the wall, and look at it occasionally. Also buy a Writing Shed in the Caribbean and winter in it.

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Cafe Three-Zero Take 7 Author Interview – with D.P.Roberts

Each week we are featuring a couple of our soon to be published authors, and inviting them to answer 7 questions about their writing and inspirations. Our fourth interview features D.P. Roberts.  You can also find out a little more about him on his author page… 

Q1  Give us some background on yourself?

 I’ve worked in catering so long that I don’t know if I can still manage a real smile.

Q2  What was the basis for your story in Tales from the Cafe, Vol 1?

The story came from a “what if”  idea I had whilst walking by the canal with my wife on a glorious summer’s day.

Q3  Why did you want to become an author?

 Money

Q4  Any advice for fledgling authors?

If  you really like a particular phrase or section in a piece then it probably needs cutting.

Q5  What authors do you like and admire?

Stephen King just has a storytelling voice that makes me listen and believe. Terry Pratchett, no-one cleverer or funnier. Ian M  Banks, peerless sci-fi.

Q6  What do you do when you’re not writing fiction?

 Invent stories in my head and talk to the cat.

Q7  What will you do if you become famous?

Wait for the riches that should come with it.

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Cafe Three-Zero Take 7 Author Interview – with Jobie Baldwin

Each week we are featuring a couple of our soon to be published authors, and inviting them to answer 7 questions about their writing and inspirations. Our second interview features Jobie Baldwin.  You can find out a little more about Jobie on her author page… 

Q1  Give us some background on yourself?

I have spent most of my adult life working unhappily in the commercial property industry. Ever the optimist I chose to see the current market crisis as an opportunity to try something new (but long yearned for) and so started taking writing courses.  The rest is history.

Q2  What was the basis for your story in Tales from the Cafe, Vol 1?

My story is written in the first person stream of consciousness.  I wanted to explore how an internal dialogue might look to someone who was suffering under extreme pressure.  I leave it to the reader to decide whether that pressure is real or imagined in this particular case.

Q3  Why did you want to become an author?

I was always an author.  As a child I wrote ‘living room’ plays for my best friend Sheena to star in. I wrote dark poetry during my teens but was persuaded by those with saner heads to pursue a ‘sensible’ career, writing being notoriously precarious.  Over the years I pined for my true love but it is only now, in my forties that I have mustered the courage to ‘use my words’.

Q4  Any advice for fledgling authors?

Don’t listen to those helpful souls who want to spare you future disappointment – just go for it!

Q5  What authors do you like and admire?

I LOVE Virginia Woolf.  Her style is so simple, so matter of fact but creates such depth of mood.

Q6  What do you do when you’re not writing fiction?

I work part-time in a ‘proper job’ and daydream for a time when I can write every waking moment.

Q7  What will you do if you become famous?

I will write in the sunshine.

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