Due to popular demand I have been informed that you can download The Doctor, The Pluocrat and The Medacious Minister from Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/30805
Reviewed by Stephen Butt of BBC Radio who wrote ” Rich in atmosphere and the colour of the time, all the characters in Glyn Pope’s novel are alive. This is a true reflection of life in a certain suburb of Leicester in the English East Midlands, but the themes are universal. This could well be your neighbourhood facing the challenges of a changing world at the end of the 2nd World War. Enjoyable and challenging.”
Tell us about your current book?
The title is ‘The Doctor, The Plutocrat, and The Mendacious Minister.’ – from now on known as The Doc! Set in 1948 the novel is a simple accessible story written in authentic British English, adding to the richness that brings the local characters to life as the reader is whisked back to 1948 post-war Britain.
The Doctor, The Plutocrat, and The Mendacious Minister is now available as an iPad as well as Kindle (Amazon and Smashwords) and at the Cactus Rain site or from me if you live in Europe at £9.99 or 11.50euros inc. postage.
Why that genre?
Simple really, I like history.
Have you tried to write in another field?
Yes, I’ve written two other novels and I’m writing a third all three of which are different, contemporary fiction. The novels were ‘The Fall’ and ‘To The End of Love.’ These novels are no longer available, though I did find one in a second hand shop the other day. I haven’t plans to republish them in their present format. I may do a rewrite for ‘To The End of Love’ one day.
Is your book a stand-alone or part of a series?
The Doctor will be part of a series. I have in mind up to the late sixties Britain so far.
Have your characters or writing been inspired by friends/ family?
I think your are almost bound to use characters you know and exaggerate or simply use their traits. My wife and I read avidly and talk about books, so I suppose there is some influence there. But she won’t read what I’ve written so there is no feedback. The plot for The Doctor came about by something my daughter told me about food poisoning and a fact I read from a book by A.N Wilson. Two quite simple ideas but the story took off, nothing very complicated about it.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a novel ‘The Accused.’ This is quite contemporary. It tells of a teacher who is wrongly accused of sexually abusing two of his pupils. The reader knows he is innocent and we follow his downfall which he has no control over.
The follow up to ‘The Doctor, The Plutocrat and The Mendacious Minster’ has a working title which I just don’t want to give at present. I think the earliest it will be published will be Christmas 2011, but I have attached an extract:
Do you have an agent, or have you gone alone?
I had an agent, but with failing of companies it no longer exists. I publish with Cactus Rain, a proper signed contract which after years and years of trying I’ve framed! See: http://www.cactusrainpublishing.com/
Thoughts on self-publishing?
My first two novels were self published. I kidded myself that I’d published a novel. I don’t think you have until you have a contract. My first two novels weren’t edited properly. I have withdrawn them until I can work on them properly. That doesn’t mean that all traditional published books are the best. Not by any means. In my opinion Dan Brown doesn’t write very well, JK Rowling’s books, my daughter tells me aren’t very well edited.
How long does it take you to write a book?
I don’t know, probably from the first word to holding it in my hand 2 years.
Which comes first for you – characters or plot?
Plot, though I love my characters. It is one of the strong points of The Doc, see http://glynpopesnovels.blogspot.com/ for reviews.
How did you get into writing? Did you always want to become a writer?
My family were great readers. Once I truly realised people wrote, at the time it was Enid Blyton, then I wanted to become a writer. After I’d read Camus’ work I saw that there was quality as well.
What mistakes do you see new writers make?
When they’ve got to the end of a novel thinking they are finished. There’s a lot of rewrites to do.
What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Either it’s a hobby, or it’s a job. I can afford not to have a day job, so I call myself a writer. Treat it as you would going to work. I write for at least three hours each day seven days a week. When I go to visit people I take paper with me to write. I always write long hand first.
What is your view of the world of publishing.
A)Authors have to remember that they are tins of beans, a commodity to be sold. Too many believe that because they’ve written a great piece of literature agents and publisher swill fall over them selves to publish them.
B) In the UK the competition to sell a book is unfair. There is far too many offers, three for the price of two etc. this not only makes it difficult to break into them market but destroys independent book shops as well. Glance through the best sellers lists in the Times and the names hardly change from year to year. In France it is illegal to have these kind of book offers. All books are around £9.99 to £12.99 or over. At least when I place my book in a shop Dan Brown and the rest don’t have one over me price wise.