Posted on 10 September, 2021
OAQ – Interview with David
David, pictured here at Hunt’s independent bookshop in Rugby High St, featured in his publisher Silverwood Books‘ Meet the Author series on 10 September 2021 discussing Seventeen, his adventure fantasy novel aimed not only at adolescents but anyone who has ever played with soldiers or dolls. A slightly amended version of the interview is reproduced below. If you have any questions of your own, please connect with David G Bailey via this website or on Facebook. Or get your copy of ‘Seventeen’ from Silverwood Books.
Where are you from/where are you based?
I grew up in East Anglia but am now based in the Midlands.
Do you write full time or do you have a ‘day job’?
I write full time in the sense that writing insurance international market reports as a freelance consultant is my day job, while I try to work regularly at new fiction and never fail to keep my diary up to date.
Has your other work influenced your writing?
Not especially, and particularly not in works such as Seventeen which go back to childhood inspirations. My familiarity with insurance makes it tempting to set characters in that environment, and I have succumbed at times despite the fact it is hardly noted as one of major excitement and general interest.
What is your favourite book?
The best novel I have read is probably Anna Karenin, but my favourite may be One Hundred Years of Solitude. I also greatly admire the Aubrey-Maturin series.
Did those books or any of their characters inspire any aspects of your book? If so, how?
My inspiration here was more from popular films and comics. In Cibola, The Magnificent Seven plus Legge’s Eleven can make Seventeen!
Where is your writing space? (Where do you like to do most of your writing?)
It is an office that’s not too proud to double as a spare bedroom. When not travelling I have worked from home for over a decade now, so have a small room with a desk and laptop set up. I used to write first drafts by hand but now I put them directly onto the computer.
Are you currently working on anything new?
Yes, I am struggling with The Tuesday-Thursday Tontine. Before that I hope to bring out next year something in a different vein from Seventeen, a contemporary fiction focusing on the lives of four sisters over a span of sixty years. Watch out for Them Roper Girls!
How does it feel to be a published author?
It feels like a graduation, one I have worked hard for, but that has probably taken longer than it should have. The important thing now is to build a career from it, to keep producing new work and to keep publishing.