Author of the bestselling "Kiera Hudson Series", "Beautiful Immortals Series", "The Sydney Hart Mysteries", "The Moon Trilogy", and "The Mechanic" amongst other titles.
Thank you so much for taking the time for this interview. I'm sure your readers are looking forward to hearing a bit about you as much as I am. Let's just start, shall we?
I'm sure you have been asked this question many, many times but truth be told, I'm curious. What inspired you to become an author?
I’ve always lent towards the more creative side of life. I was never any good at math, or any of the sciences at school, however I loved art, woodwork, and writing stories. I loved the idea of painting pictures with words and creating worlds that I could disappear into. I would always love to escape into the books by my favorite authors so I wanted to do the same.
What are your ambitions and goals for your writing career?
I just want to continue to write books that people enjoy to read and help them to escape their everyday lives. When I write, it gives me the chance to escape reality for a few hours. Nothing is better than that for me.
Have you got any role models in the world of literature?
The author that has inspired me the most is Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It was reading his books that made me want to be a writer. To be honest, when I was about 14 years old, I read two books by a German author named Michael Ende. He wrote "The Neverending Story" and a book called "Momo". Both books took me into other worlds. I recently bought a secondhand copy of "Momo" because it is out of print in English, but it was a book that I enjoyed so much when I was younger, I wanted another copy so I could read it all over again.
Could you please briefly explain what your "Kiera Hudson Series" is about?
Kiera Hudson is a twenty year-old police recruit who gets sent to a remote coastal town where she works the night shift. The night shift is called the "Vampire Shift" by her colleagues because of a series of unexplainable deaths that have taken place in the town. Kiera starts to investigate these murders and soon realises that her colleagues aren’t who or what they claim to be.
Thinking of Kiera, the main character in the "Kiera Hudson Series", where have you drawn your inspiration for this particular protagonist from?
I have drawn a lot of inspiration from my own time serving as a police officer. I drew on the time I spent as a new recruit who also policed a town instead of a city. As I have said, I have been inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle so there is a little bit of Sherlock Holmes in the character too!
What are you working on at the moment? Can we look forward to a new book series soon?
I’m currently working on the last book in Kiera Hudson Series Three and writing the last two parts to another series that I write called "Beautiful Immortals". Once I have them completed I’m going to start writing a series called "Cowgirl & Creature", and another series about mermaids!
If the "Kiera Hudson Series" was to be filmed, which actress and actors would you like to see playing the lead characters?
I think Daisy Ridley would be perfect for Kiera Hudson and Tom Hardy for Potter. Daniel Craig would make a good Murphy, Nicholas Hoult for Isidor Smith, Henry Cavill as Luke Bishop, and I think Michael Fassbender would make a great Jack Seth.
Tell me a bit about your writing schedule. Do you sit down whenever an idea hits you or have you got a structured day in which you won't call it quits as long as you haven't managed to write a certain amount of words?
I write Monday through to Friday for 5 hours each day.
How do you write? On a laptop? Typewriter? Longhand?
I don’t write my stories the conventional way. I talk the words and record them on a program called Dragon NaturallySpeaking. The program writes down what I say. Once I have the first draft this way, I then go and do re-writes on my laptop. If I make notes or do any plotting I write this longhand in note books.
Where do your ideas generally come from?
My ideas usually come when I’m restless or have nothing to do. I hate sitting idle and find that I get bored easily. I therefore make up stories in my head and if they are any good, I’ll write them down and these become my books.
What do you consider the hardest thing with regards to writing?
Finding the time to write down all the stories I have in my head!
And the easiest?
I find the process of writing fairly straightforward. I try not to over complicate things with lots of notes. I just sit down and start talking into the microphone. It’s funny, because when I’m talking dialogue, I speak in those characters' voices! I’m lucky because I’m never short of ideas and can write about 8,000 words a day.
Is there one particular thing you have learned since you've started writing which still fascinates or surprises you?
What still fascinates me is that you can paint pictures with words. When people read my books, I hope they can picture Kiera and her friends and all the places and locations in the books. But I also hope too that they feel her pain, happiness, and fear.
Who do you think are your biggest supporters?
I’m eternally grateful to everyone who reads my books. Each and every person who takes the time to read my books is a supporter and I can’t thank them enough.
What books are you reading at present?
I’m reading a book about Queen Victoria at the moment.
How do you relax in your spare time?
I relax by reading a lot. I love reading more than anything. It makes me incredibly happy to find a good book that I can escape into and forget about everyday life and the real world. Nothing is more precious to me.
Over the course of the last year, many of your books were published in German, the latest being "Dead Flesh (Kiera Hudson Series Two, Book 1)". Are you excited about this development?
I think having my books translated into German is fantastic! It truly is a wonderful thing for me to know that my books are enjoyed by people from Germany and I’m truly grateful to my German fans for reading them. Thank you so much!
Do any of your books also exist in other languages than German?
I have some books translated in French and Italian.
Will the rest of the Kiera Hudson series also be available in German soon?
I very much hope so. I have so many other stories and characters that I would love to share with you all.
Is there a closing statement you would like to share with your readers?
I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has read one of my books. It is very difficult to put into words how much it means to me to know that my books are being read and enjoyed so much. I will be forever in your debt for taking the time to read my books. Thank you so much.
Tim, once again, thank you very much for this interview. It was a great pleasure, and I'm wishing you the best of luck for the future. I'm very much looking forward to reading the rest of your books!
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Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tim-ORourke/e/B004RQ06AW