Today I am delighted to have Keith Nixon on my blog as my get to know author. Keith’s latest novel, Dig Two Graves is out today and is available to purchase from Amazon.
I’ve always wanted to write, I started when I was around ten, but never had the stamina to finish a book. I was always a voracious reader, though. I felt I needed an event to drive a story – I started properly writing about twenty years ago, a historical fiction novel about a POW escape from Italy in WW2. It’s still in the sock drawer, but at least I got to the end. Another writing hiatus followed until about fifteen years ago when as a family we visited Maiden Castle and I learned this huge structure was taken by the Romans around 44 – 45AD. Another event to write around. This became The Eagle’s Sword and The Eagle’s Shadow about Caradoc, Britain’s first great General.
However, crime fiction is my favourite genre and I dabbled here too, writing The Fix and then three more about Russian spy turned tramp, Konstantin. Next I turned to police procedurals – actually I turned back to them. I’d written a 50k novel for NaNoWriMo in 2008. I dug it out again, quite like it but it needed a lot of work, including a new title: Dig Two Graves.
Initially I was self-published (some of my books still are) but I was introduced to Caffeine Nights by Nick Quantrill. They published three of the Konstantin novels. However, Bastei Lubbe, a very large German independent publisher (they represent Dan Brown and Ken Follett among many others) picked up Dig Two Graves. I was offered a two book deal for the Solomon Gray series, but the biggest reason for saying yes was to work with crime guru Al Guthrie and so far it’s been a great experience. I’ve since been made an offer for a third book, so I will be happily working with Bastei for some time to come…
On a personal basis I’m happily married with three kids of various ages. We live on the Cheshire / Derbyshire Peak District border. We moved up three years ago – before that home was Broadstairs in Thanet on the Kent coast. All of my work is based in and around Thanet.
You can keep up to date with Keith and his books on the following sites:
Bastei Lubbe: http://be-ebooks.com/
Caffeine Nights: http://www.caffeinenights.com/
Favourite book as a child?
It’s a long time ago now to make a choice – something by Gerard Durrrell or Willard Price.
Favourite book as a teenager?
I was reading a lot of sci-fi then, so something by Isaac Asimov or Michael Moorcock.
Favourite book to movie adaption?
They’re not usually well done IMHO. Fight Club is one of the few decent ones.
Favourite drink or snack while reading?
Depends what I’m reading! If it’s one of my 1st editions then nothing at all. Otherwise it’s toast & marmite or salt & vinegar chipsticks.
Favourite highlight of your writing career?
When Al Guthrie said, “Good job”. The email is on my wall.