For the next few weeks, we will be posting some fabulous interviews with some pretty talented South African authors.
This week we get lucky enough to interview the multi-talented International Best Selling Author Gareth Crocker.
Gareth Crocker’s debut novel, Finding Jack, was published in New York to international acclaim. It was translated into several languages and featured in eight volumes of Reader’s Digest Select Editions. It went on to sell more than a million copies in its various formats. On the back of Finding Jack’s success, Penguin Books signed Gareth to a three-book deal. Journey from Darkness was published in 2012 followed by Never Let Go in 2013. Gareth’s latest novel, King, has just been published. Writing is done at night, in a dark room, next to a small window.
1. Our fist question is simply - Why do you write?
Because my mind gives me no choice. Write, breathe, drink, eat. In that order. Most writers are prisoners to some unseen force that compels them to put down words. It's genuinely not a choice thing.
2. When did you start writing?
When I was around 9. I used to sell poems to my schoolmates. I once get paid with a remote-controlled Porsche. #winning
3. Which author inspires you most?
I know how awful this sounds, but I'm not inspired by any particular author. Maybe E.L. James. Ha ha ha.
4. Where do you draw your inspiration from Gareth?
The film Rocky. I saw it when I was a kid and it had such a profound effect on me that there is a trace of Rocky's story in all my novels. And , yes, I know how absurd that sounds. Adriaaaaaan!
5. Who was your favourite author growing up?
Does Rocky count? I never read much when I was young. Too busy playing football. Maybe Dean Koontz when I hit high school.
6. What are some of the challenges of being an author?
Trying to figure out which tax haven to move all my money into. Bwah ha ha. The main challenge is finding the time to write. In my case, I write and co-direct a major superhero TV series which takes up an enormous chunk of my time.
7. What do the phrases ‘Show, don’t tell’ and ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’ mean to you as an author?
Those are pretty basic writing rules. 'Show, don't tell' was something of a mystery to me when I started out, but I soon got it. Instead of saying your character is a bad person, write a scene in which he or she kicks a blind dog in the face. Let the reader make the judgement. As for 'the pen is mightier than the sword', that's only true if the pen is made out of a nuclear warhead.
8. And lastly do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
If you have some talent, don't give up. In my early days I received so many rejection slips from agents and publishers alike that I could wallpaper my house with them. Today, I've sold well over a million books, have been published in 17 editions of Reader's Digest Select Editions and three of my novels are being adapted for film. As the song says, keep believing.
You can follow this dynamic author on facebook. twitter. website. His titles are available on amazon.
Carlyle Labuschagne is an award winning South African author working her way into the hearts of international readers .