For Throwback Thursday, David agreed to answer a few questions for us about himself. We’re very grateful for his appearance on the blog today!
Tell us about your path to being a published author:
Long! Writing was therapy for me. I came out late in life, so when I did, writing was the obvious way to “let it all out”. I’ve been in a fabulous writing group for many years. Each month we write short stories for each other’s entertainment. A couple of people in the group were published and I thought, why not me? I don’t have a big novel burning inside me, and throughout my life I’ve written almost exclusively factual content, for news, documentaries, and magazine articles. But I’ve always loved detective stories. Which leads on to the next question…
What drew you to writing mysteries?
I love them! Well, detective stories mainly. When I was a child growing up in the UK, I used to devour the books of Enid Blyton. The Secret Seven and Famous Five series in particular. Then I moved on to Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell and Dorothy L. Sayers. (All women writers, I’ve just noticed that.) Being a scientist by background, I’m a Math graduate, I took some of my favourite authors’ books, and deconstructed them. Then I tried to imitate what they had achieved. As I wrote, I started to discover my own style. Of course, I’m still working on that. It takes a lifetime.
What are you working on now?
I’ve just sent Dreamspinner Press the manuscript for a new romantic suspense. It features two new characters; an American living in London called Luke Diamond who falls in love with an Englishman called The honourable Rupert Pendley-Evans. It’s got a very tense plot, and there’s lots of jeopardy on the way to true love!
The project I’ve now got my teeth into is a second world war romance, between a US airman and an English RAF pilot.
What would you say to an aspiring writer?
Write! The biggest problem for writers is self editing. That little voice inside which keeps saying, “that’s not right, “that’s not any good”. If you listen to it, you’ll always stare at a blank page. Get the first draft out. It will be too long, wrongly structured, with unrealistic dialog. But you’ll have written it. Now it’s on the page, start editing. Edit and re-edit. The brilliant British writer Mark Haddon says that the majority of successful writers are actually not very good writers. But they are excellent editors of their own work.
An excerpt from The Deadly Lies
Dominic and Jonathan stood side by side on the sand, sharing the beauty of the moonlight dappling the surface of the sea. The air was warm and still; the hubbub of Sitges nightlife sounded muted and distant. Dominic slipped his fingers through Jonathan’s, squeezed his hand tight, and kissed him on the cheek.
“Thank you, Jonathan.”
“What for?” he asked. “I haven’t done anything yet. I may yet need to protect you from the perils of the night. I anticipate we will imminently be attacked by international drug smugglers or carried off by white-slave traders to be sold in the markets of Morocco as the playthings of Arab oligarchs.”
Dominic laughed, rested his head on Jonathan’s shoulder, and watched the moon-silvered waves lap the shore.
“I think I want to say thank you for so many things. You make me very happy. And I feel guilty I wasn’t honest with you about this evening, or the meeting earlier—”
“What meeting earlier?” Jonathan turned to look at Dominic. “So your visit to the antiques shop was just a cover story, was it?” His face appeared severe, but Dominic was certain it was mock anger. He knew Jonathan too well.
“No, not entirely. I did go to the antiques shop, and I did find the gift for you I was looking for. But the reason I didn’t tell you about the meeting—”
“Dominic, stop.” Jonathan kissed him gently on the lips. “We all have convenient lies to tell from time to time. I am confident—no, more than that—I know you love me enough not to want to hurt me. I know there’s some good reason for your secrecy. I love you and I trust you. You don’t have to say any more.” He looked into Dominic’s eyes. “But if I find it’s another man—”
Dominic and Jonathan are on their romantic Spanish honeymoon, and things are perfect… except Dominic has kept a secret from his husband. He’s failed to tell Jonathan that he plans to meet his former lover, Bernhardt, who is speeding on his way from Germany to present Dominic with a mysterious gift.
But Bernhardt is killed in a suspicious car accident. Shortly before he dies, he sends Dominic a bizarre text message that will take the newlyweds on a hair-raising adventure.
Lies upon lies plunge Dominic and Jonathan into an internet crime that could destroy the lives of millions of people. What is the mysterious Charter Ninety-Nine group? And will their planned internet assault force Dominic to choose between the fate of the world and the life of his lover?
Where to find The Deadly Lies:
About David C. Dawson:
David C. Dawson is an award-winning author, journalist and documentary maker. He lives near Oxford in the UK with two cats and his beloved Triumph motorbike.
He writes mystery & suspense, with men in love at the heart of each story. His books have been described as “real page-turners” and “un-put-downable”. His debut novel The Necessary Deaths, won a FAPA award for Mystery & Suspense.
One reviewer for his latest book The Deadly Lies described it as “very sexy”.
He campaigns hard for equal rights, and sings with the London Gay Men’s Chorus.
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