I am delighted to have Ross Greenwood as my Get To Know author on my blog today.
I think I’d always wanted to write a book. That makes me one of the world’s ponderers as I didn’t start it until I was 36. I had an idea about a group of friends who struggled with their loyalties to each other as things went wrong. My daughter was born and a full time job as a prison officer got in the way after I had done 50 pages. I almost threw it out too.
Then I chatted to a guy at work and decided to finish it. This time I was determined. I ended up having to get up at 4.30 every morning to do so. Lazy Blood was born. That felt like the book I had to write. There is a lot of me in the main character; Will. (Not too much, if my mum reads this!)
The Boy Inside felt like the boy I wanted to write. It took about 4 months. I hope I’ve written something with a strong story line, with flawed characters who you will understand and recognise, and even like, despite their actions. However, I also wanted to educate people as to what our prisons are really like. The people there are often very similar to you and I. Bad luck is a theme, along with obviously poor choices, but some people simply never stood a chance. The Boy Inside is a world very few of us know. For that we should be grateful.
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Favourite book as a child?
I didn’t really have a favourite book as a child, I still don’t. I simply loved reading. I would read anything and still do. I’ve only read a few books more than once and that was probably a mistake!
Favourite book as a teenager?
I read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card in my teens and the twist in that has stuck with me ever since. Brilliant.
I loved Renton in Trainspotting. Flawed and believable. I also really like ‘The Bloody Nine’ who features in some Joe Abercrombie books. He’s a mad killer with nine fingers!
Favourite book to movie adaption?
I don’t tend to watch movies more than once either, but I love the Lord of The Rings. It’s hard to fathom how one person could make such a story up.
Favourite drink or snack while reading?
I love eating and reading. Almost anything would do, but egg sandwiches on white bread and a couple of bags of walkers crisps would do for starters!
Favourite highlight of your writing career?
The highlight of my career is probably signing off the contract to Bloodhound Books, but there have been many. Waking up to a review from a stranger saying they loved your book is one of the things I love the most about it all.