Today I am very excited to welcome the wonderful and very talented David McCaffrey to my blog. Get ready for the big awww at this gorgeous profile picture.
I was born in the North East but grew up in East Preston, West Sussex. Even back then as a child, I had a passion for writing. I would do daft stories that were follow ups to my favourite films or television series, but the desire was always there…to entertain others.
As destiny would have it I became a nurse, but my interest in writing never disappeared, only faded into the distance. Until my first son was born. Inexplicably, I felt compelled to write. No idea why to this day, but I, one day, just needed to start writing about a story that had been rattling around my head…about serial killers, murder and death. The usual thoughts that go through your head when caring for a child.
And then it was all a bit of a whirlwind. International bestselling author of MEG and The Domain Trilogy took me on as a writing coach client, I was guided, tutored and supported by him as I learnt writing for someone who was not only an amazing author but honest in his feedback (it was not unknown to get a “WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS?” form him after sending him a chapter). However, he taught me many, many elements of how to be the best author you can, all of which I maintain to this day, the most important of which was “Less is More”. I suffer from a condition called Literary Elephantitis, quite debilitating and long standing suffers who become authors have been known to inadvertently take someone’s life with the endless waffle that they spew out. I have it pretty well under control now, only the occasional flare up so the chances of dying from bordome form one of my books (later books) is fairly slim.
My debut novel, “Hellbound” was published in November 2014 and went on to win the 2016 Authors Talk About It best thriller award and was voted one of the most underrated crime thrillers of 2014 by WH Smiths readers.
I have since released a novella prequel, ‘In Extremis, ghost written a book with former Newcastle gangster, Stephen Sayers, ‘By Any Means Necessary’ and have two further books out this year.
How do I see myself? As one of the luckiest people in the world. Even if one person enjoys something I have written then that shall always be reward enough. Even if they hated it, it’s still great as I can still say “They hated it! They hated something I wrote. How cool is that!?”
You can follow me (only if you want to, but I promise you won’t be disappointed!!) at –
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/david.mccaffrey.129
Twitter – @daveymac1975
I answer every single message and e mail I receive personally, as I would have none of this without you. Always know this author appreciates you very much.
Favourite book as a child?
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. C S Lewis perfectly encapsulated the magic, wonder and terror of not only discovering a magical world but the fears surrounding childhood, loss, responsibility and honor. I think it is the most perfect piece of adult literary hidden inside a children’s book.
Favourite book as a teenager?
Without a doubt ‘IT’ by Stephen King, the master of horror himself.
Terrified me as it did so many others, long before Tim Curry actually brought Pennywise to life. Yet the horror wasn’t only represented by the killer clown but by adolescence, growing up and how we decide what we’re going to do with our lives. The fact a clown represented the darkest dears of the characters made the very real dangers they had to face all the more terrifying.
Sydney Carton from Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities. His sacrifice at the end, giving his life so that his lookalike, Charles Darnay can be spared is both moving and uplifting. When the seamstress realises he is not Darnay and recognizes his courage and sacrifice, we are lead towards one of the greatest pieces of prose ever put onto paper.
‘It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.’
Favourite book to movie adaption?
Nothing Lasts Forever by Roderick Thorpe that went on to become Die Hard! The movie, one of the best action movies of the ‘80’s if not of all time, retains all the essential elements form the book (he’s a cop, he’s trapped in a high rise, international terrorists are there for a robbery under the guise of something else) but makes changes that had to happen in order for it to translate into the film it became (younger cop, wife instead of daughter kidnapped). I think it one of the best literary adaptations but one that has perhaps been lost in time.
Favourite drink or snack while reading?
Chocolate! Preferably Dairy Milk-ish, maybe a Starbar or two…definitely a Reeces Pieces!!!
Favourite highlight of your writing career?
My writing coach, Steve Alten, telling me he was proud of me upon the publication of Hellbound and when it won an award. My own father never told me he was proud of me, so that meant more than anything in the world.