Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Michael Bearcroft to Chat About Books as part of his Dangerous Score blog tour.
Many thanks to Rachel.
Interview with Michael Bearcroft…..
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
I have been involved in soccer for all of my life, as a player, manager, sponsor, club director and chairman….so it made sense, when writing my first book, a thriller, ‘Dangerous Score’, to set it in the world of soccer.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
I read two books a month, so I guess I have formed ideas from those, also from the changes I have seen and changes I would like to see happen in the future, whether it be from soccer, the business world, law or people in general.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
Not on any one person in particular, but I have met so many different people from all walks of life during my lifetime which has certainly helped me to build the characters in the book.
How do you pick your characters names?
Soccer players usually have nick names within the team, so once I had decided the position, build and expertise of each player, I could then very easily put a name and nick-name to those players. Other characters were formed by their stature and looks and named accordingly. For instance the hero Jason resembled the celebrity George Clooney and the heroine Jessica was a Catherine Zeta-Jones look-a-like!
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
I write a vague outline of the whole story then break it down to three parts, beginning/middle/end, then as I start to write, the characters themselves seem to drive the story forward, creating situations and reacting to them in the way their characters would. I found I was then following the story rather than writing it!
Who are your top 5 favourite authors?
CJ Sansom, Gregg Isles, Mark Gimenez, Antholy Horowitz and Harlem Coben.
If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would you ask them?
I would love to meet Anthony Horowitz whose memorable characters include Foyle from Foyles War and Sherlock Holmes from his novel Moriarty. I would ask him how it felt to be chosen to write a new Sherlock Holmes novel and how did he tackle it?
Were you a big reader as a child?
I have been an avid reader from the age of six….with a very eclectic mix in literature.
When did you start to write?
I wrote commercial copy as part of my career in sales and marketing. Later in life I penned murder mystery and pantomime scripts for both professional and amateur companies. Then following a triple heart bypass I decided to try my hand at a novel…to aid recovery!
If you could re-write the ending to any book what would it be and what would you change?
Dominion by CJ Sansom writes about a different WW11 scenario to the real one, a bit like SSGB by Len Deighton. I am not capable of improving a CJ Sansom ending….BUT….I would have liked to have known what happened to the central characters and what happened to the UK after the war.
Is there a book you wish you had written?
There are hundreds of books I wish I had written but most of all The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, which is such a timeless classic. I would’ve loved to have played ‘Toad’ as he was a wonderful character!
If you wrote an autobiography, what would your title be?
‘Variety Has Been My Spice of Life!’ which is also the title of my talk as a guest speaker for various organisations.
If you could invite any fictional character for coffee who would it be and where would you take them?
I would live to meet Flashman from the George Macdonald Fraser books and take him to Trellisick House in Cornwall where I think he’d be very much at home!
What are you working on right now?
I’m actually working on a second ‘talk’ to add to my Guest Speaker repertoire, based on business and charity working together, which I touch on in Dangerous Score.
Do you have a new release due?
I have no new release due at present as I am really busy with talks, interviews and promoting Dangerous Score before I pen the sequel.
What do you generally do to celebrate on publication day
There was a press conference at Everton Football Club in Liverpool for Dangerous Score and an appearance on TV news, followed by a few glasses of champagne and a late night!
How can readers keep in touch with you?
Anyone can keep in touch via my website at www.dangerousscore.co.uk where they can contact me via Facebook, Twitter, email or phone.
Is there anything else you would like us to know?
Dangerous Score in either paperback or hardback can be bought from Amazon, or via my website where signed copies can be ordered. As human trafficking plays quite a big part in my book, I joined forces with the anti slavery charity Hope for Justice, so I hope that readers feel motivated to help organisations fighting this terrible injustice.
Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions, Michael 🙂
Football hero Jason Clooney is riding high….until a date with a beautiful woman lands him in trouble with the media, and into battle with the criminal underworld.
Now against a backdrop of an uncertain professional future, Jason has to confront disturbing revelations surrounding his new girlfriend’s family. From football action on the pitch to behind the scenes plotting. To battles with a criminal gang and constant media attention, all adding to the toughest challenges he has ever faced in life, love, as a player and as a man.
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About Michael Bearcroft
Ex Sheffield United Junior, former Chairman Corby Town FC Actor and stage director, former British Red Cross Regional Director
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