- Introduce us to your latest work: title, series (if any), what it’s about.
My latest work is called “Poor Jeffrey” and will be re-launched on February 1st. It centres around four teenagers and the way they deal with grief, and their own deaths. It’s the first in a trilogy of stories concerning the Jade Cole character and her journey through the darker realms of magic, chaos and the occult. Look out for Cal Denver in “Poor Jeffrey”; he’s a nasty piece of work.
- What was your inspiration for writing this story?
“Poor Jeffrey” started out as a joke between me and a friend. They were keen for me to write a story for the zombie genre, but I was unwilling. I was badgered a lot more and finally agreed to write it, as long as I could make my zombie a pacifist vegetarian… it took on a life of its own and became something much darker than the joke it began as. But the veggie zombie stayed.
- Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
The story is purely fiction, obviously. I’m sure that characters and certain scenarios have some basis in truth, but basically it’s a work of pure fantasy.
- Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I’m a stay at home father of two and write when I can. It makes more sense for my partner to work as she earns more than I could ever hope to in my trained profession; so here I am attempting to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition. I write late into the night, when the house is quiet and the children are tucked up in bed.
- Do you have a system for writing? Plotting, taking notes, flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.
I always know how a story will begin and more or less how it ends, what happens in the middle sections even I don’t know until I’m writing it. I find planning sucks the soul out of my writing, so I just write from A to B and enjoy the ride.
- What is your favourite aspect/quote of the book?
I like the characters I created here, Tommy and Jeffrey are ones that I get comments on quite a lot. I tried to recreate the kinds of friendships you either had, or wish you’d had, as a teenager. I know a lot of people fell in love with Tommy first time it was released.
- If you could step into your own story, who would you most like to be?
Hmm… that’s a tough one. Probably none of them, since they all had some pretty bad luck. If I really HAD to choose, then Tommy would be high on the list. He’s a fun dude.
- What’s the most amusing thing that’s happened to you while you were writing this story?
The whole process has been quite amusing. Hearing the feedback I’ve received has been in equal parts entertaining and suprising. It’s been nice to hear that people think I have a talent.
- Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
Yes, the whole story of “Poor Jeffrey”, as I said in my first response, is the first in a trilogy. It wasn’t planned that way. Considering this started life as a short anthology piece and grew into a novel…then two further books, I’m quite pleasantly surprised at how it has turned out. There are various themes that I’m exploring in all of the books and the main characters will be there throughout.
Grief drives people to extreme behaviour, and when Poor Jeffrey Kinsey is killed his friends go to some extreme lengths to bring him back… sometimes the magic works.
When Cal Denver comes to town and girls start to disappear, only to be found half eaten by an unidentifiable creature; some townsfolk will panic and flee… others will get angry or go insane.
For Tommy, Jade and Chloe the next few weeks will make them or break them… and a story begins…
Poor Jeffrey; he never wanted death to be this way…
About the Author:
Paul Flewitt was born and raised in Sheffield, Yorkshire where he still lives with his family. He is the father of two children and keeper of several beta reading demons.
Paul is a writer of horror and dark fantasy, and a former steel worker. He has contributed to several anthologies including OzHorrorCon’s Book of the Tribes, his short story “Paradise Park” appears in JEA’s All That Remains anthology.
Paul’s debut novel Poor Jeffrey will be relaunched in February 2014.
Paul spends his time caring for his children and devotes much of his free time to writing his next works. He writes only for the thrill of scaring his readers in new and inventive ways.
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