Please welcome my guest today, author Trevor Twohig, who has joined me to answer a few questions about himself and his book, Sunny Sand.
Let’s start with you telling us a little about yourself
A little about me? I am a writer, educator, music and footy fanatic from Kent. I grew up in Bexleyheath and attended Dartford Grammar School, where I was terribly naughty, but luckily escaped with an English qualification!
I lived in Surrey briefly, before realising Kent was my true home and have lived all over, currently residing in Ashford with my wife and three children!
How did you get into writing?
I was always ‘into’ writing and have written lyrics and poetry since the age of fourteen. However the major catalyst was when my father passed away in 2008, I began writing as a cathartic experience and found it fabulously therapeutic.
Sunny Sands was conceived out of the ashes of divorce to my first wife.
Please tell me about Sunny sands
Well, the Charlie Stone series, of which Sunny Sands is the first novel, was published in 2018 by the Conrad Press.
Having recently separated from his wife, Charlie moves to Folkestone and falls in love with it. This along with meeting the love of his life and trying to keep a relationship with his daughter provide the backdrop. However, in the first chapter, a teenage girl washes up on the beach. It becomes clear to Charlie that some foul play is afoot and he investigates, only to find that there is more to Amy Green’s murder than meets the eye…
I have just completed the second novel which will be released this year, entitled ‘The Rosy Cross.’ This continues where Sunny Sands left off, but can be read as a stand alone book.
As it is my second effort, I think it is a better book. I am happier with the characters and plot pace. Sunny Sands relied more heavily on setting.
Do you base your characters on people you know or strangers you see in the streets?
I think anyone who reads Sunny Sands, can see there are biographical elements to it. I really liked the idea of a detective series that had the father-daughter relationship. It is unique and obviously is based on my relationship with my eldest.
There are some incredibly personal moments of my life that are adapted into Sunny Sands and I think as a writer, you interpret the world around you into interesting narrative for your readers. As such, yes. All characters, bar the evil ones, have some biographical aspect to them. What better way to give your mates credit or your other half some love, than immortalise them in the written word!
Finally, where does your writing career go from here?
Well it is my desire to use Sunny Sands as a platform to get my writing in front of more people. Those who have read it, enjoyed it and say it is fast-paced, exciting crime fiction. There is a hungry market for these books and I make no secret of the fact that I would like more people to become Charlie Stone fans!
I also have a great desire to get Sunny Sands on the screen as a TV series. So, Netflix, if you are reading, my DMs are open!
The Rosy Cross, the second novel in the Charlie Stone series, will be released in 2020.
Thank you for being my guest today, good luck with your future books.