Hello Luke, thank you so much for taking the time out to talk to us. 🙂
First things first: how did you take up writing?
I wanted to write a screen play for a film and tried my hand at that around 2010. I did a couple of courses to improve my screen play writing and found that some of the learnings in improving my writing skills were applicable to my main job as an Environmental Specialist.
What was your very first attempt at creative writing?
It was a screen play called “Haven’t Met You Yet”. A romantic comedy musical set in the 80’s in India. Although many film production houses showed a lot of initial interest in the script, it is yet to be made.
Where did you get the ideas for your stories?
I get my ideas from observing real life. I have only written two stories the screen play mentioned earlier and “The Devil’s Prayer’. Having said that, Horror and Romantic comedies are probably as diametrically opposite you can get in terms of genre.
What in particular gave you the idea for The Devil’s Prayer?
I was asked to write a low budget film script and horror is an excellent genre to write low budget. It has been approximately forty years since the Omen and I thought a Da Vinci Code version of the Omen would work. The film finance fell over in September 2014 and I decided to convert the script into a book.
Do you have particular schedules or writing routines when it comes to your work?
No. Writing is a hobby. I have a full time job which I am very passionate about. Having said that I spent a lot of time after work each day and during weekends writing the story and then rewriting it after I got edits back.
A lot of authors are taking the indie publishing route. What’s your view about it?
The ebook was released as a self published book or via indie publishing. It has some huge advantages and the biggest one is that it is a lot quicker to the market. However, you still need to make sure that it has been edited properly and proof read.
The downside of indie publishing is similar to buying a pair of jeans. Many people will choose ones with designer labels and not pick up no name brands. It can be hard to get someone to read an indie published book and most book stores and distributors are reticent to stock these books, no matter how good the content.
If your story got turned into a movie, who would you like to see star as leads?
Sandra Bullock and Dreama Walker.
What are your future plans for writing? Can you give out a teaser or two for your readers?
The Devil’s Prayer is Denise’s story. She hands over the baton of her unfinished business to her eldest daughter Siobhan at the end of her story. Almost everyone who has read The Devil’s Prayer has asked for the sequel to be written soon. I hope to release the sequel around December 2017.
The twelve missing pages of the Codex Gigas or Devil’s Bible hold the key to preventing the apocalypse. We have only located some of these pages in the first book. The sequel will continue the race between the forces of Good and the minions of the Devil to find the rest of the pages.
Do you have any particular authors who inspire your work?
David Seltzer, Dan Brown.
What would your advice be to aspiring authors?
Tell a story you believe needs to be told and then write a story you believe in. Find an editor to then make sure you have told that story.
What would be an ideal gift for you?
The Devil’s Prayer gets picked up by a large film production house.
And finally, if there was a book you could turn into a movie, what would it be and why?
The Devil’s Prayer was originally a film script. I would love to see this turn into a movie. The locations of the Devil’s Prayer and the history behind each of these locations is just incredible. The book also has some very important environmental messages and I think it would be a great way to get these messages across to an audience tired of documentaries.
Thank you once again for talking to BUZZ Magazine. I wish you all the best with your current work and future works. 🙂
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