About the Book:
A large sum of money. A skilled Private Investigator. A missing book. How could any of these elements ruin one’s life? Quite easily, when the work follows you home, threatens to destroy all you know and love,and promises to unleash forces beyond humanity’s comprehension upon the world. James Riley is a man with secrets; some seemingly harmless, but when the doctors start forcing the memories to unchain, reality and the truth have only one conclusion… One shattered night.
1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?
I have always enjoyed stories and tales. I was a relatively lonely child. I had few friends. I still have few friends. I’m also an only child. So I have spent years living inside fictional worlds. I adore LEGO, action figures, train sets, toys, games, comics and so much more – I still do. I love films and shows and any other form of escapism; and I don’t trust people that do not like it.
I grew up in South Africa to an Anglo-Welsh father and an Anglo-Irish mother. As such I was an outsider with an Anglo-Celtic accent amongst Afrikaans speakers and the native African people of my town. As a child I lived for European history and culture. I love castles, Romans, theatres, pubs, going to gigs and so much more. Naturally, few of these things were available to me in South Africa – hence why I now live, study, work and love in England.
While sitting around in South Africa, with few prospects and not much to do, I decided to start writing when I turned 25. I then plotted out and wrote my first book. Which is now Shattered Night. It’s not perfect, but as a person with no official writer training I am quite pleased with my little achievement. In writing and playing with words I discovered a new area of interest and something different about myself. I am currently editing the sequel to Shattered Night, working on several shorts and poems, and writing two new novels.
2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?
When the mood takes me. I can force paint onto canvas. I can force a smile or a tear on a stage. I cannot force myself to write however. That is one thing that must come naturally.
3: Where do your ideas come from?
From the eldritch entities that dwell within the dream – forever moving upon rillets of time.
4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?
Both. I keep several notebooks filled with characters, plots and ideas. For my first novel “Shattered Night – A James Riley Thriller” I used printed maps, sheets of paper, strings, coloured pens, sticky notes, and a Dictaphone. For my current novel, I am using a thick notebook, and some coloured pens.
5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?
Supernatural, crime, thriller, horror, mystery, science fiction, comedy, cosmic horror, weird tales, fringe ideas. I adore a good mystery. I love a decent ghost story. I worship at the altar of futurist ideas. Fiction is in my mind, body and, if you like, soul. I don’t trust people that show no interest in stories and tales.
6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?
Fans. Regardless of their talents I would like to see passionate people embrace the works. I find the films from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society to be ideal. They are not professional actors, but they bring a passion for the work. I like that.
7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?
Constantly. I also adore audio books and radio plays. I don’t have any favourites – that’s childish. I appreciate any creative persons works. Creation is an act of will. To will any form of creation into life is worthy of applause.
8: What book/s are you reading at present?
At present I am reading the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft, complete works of Edgar Allan Poe, complete works of H.G. Wells; as well as John Connolly’s last two novels, the Warhammer 40 K books, Vampire the Masquerade (Old World) and recently I have started on a collection of Algernon Blackwood’s short stories.
9: What is your favourite book and why?
Whichever one I am currently reading.
10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?
11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?
About the Author:
John Crofts is a British-Irish writer from South Africa, having spent numerous years writing reviews for films, music and video games for numerous websites and webzines. John has also hosted events and geek-related cons in SA, as well as being a co-host on many podcasts and YouTube channels. John has dabbled in writing, art, acting, film production, and other creative fields for years. Presently, he’s co-director of a new theatre company based in south-east England. (Primal Clay Theatre).
John has several short stories, poems, and other novels in the works, with Shattered Night being his first traditionally published novel.