Author Interview: S.G. Norris

Welcome S.G. Norris, author of A Very English Revolution!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

Q. Do you work another job when you are not writing?
A. Yes, Amanda. I’m an IT consultant specializing in Human Resource and Payroll Software in the UK.

Q. What is your favourite thing to do when you aren’t writing?
A. Probably relaxing with a good book, maybe cooking or a sharing a glass of wine with friends and family.

Q. What is your favorite color? Why?
A. Not big on favourite things but probably blue as it’s been a prominent colour in my life. Most of my clothes have been a variation of denim blue I reckon.

Q. What is your favorite season? Why?
A. Spring – Always the season of hope and new beginnings

Q. If you could live any place on earth, where would it be? Why?
A. I have so many favourite places in the world I would be hard to sample each one and put them in one place. South of France for it’s extraordinary charm and language, French Alpes for endless skiing, Malaysia for food you cannot imagine and beautiful people, Edinburgh for a city with history oozing from every wall and London where I spend a lot of my work time where people flock from every nationality and a historic sight appears on every street corner.

Q. If you could have any car, what would it be?
A. Typical me, I would have one for each occasion. Audi R8 for fun, Aston Martin DB9 for class, Audi Q7 for space and vulgarity on the road, Mercedes S class for comfort.

Tell us about your writing:

Q. How long have your been writing? Was it a dream, a goal or is it just a hobby?
A. Writing now for 3 years although wanted to do it for some time. Had to find a way to start and realised that the only way to write it is to get a blank screen up and start typing. One year later I had written A Very English Revolution although it took a fair bit of editing to get it to the publishers. I would love it to be a lifestyle and career, but it’s a tough business to make money out of without a lot of luck and some good contacts. So it remains a wonderful hobby.

Q. How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you have a set routine or do you write when the mood strikes?
A. I write when I can. Work is demanding sometimes with long hours, weekly travel and stress but I just squeeze writing in the gaps. Train journeys, over dinner in a restaurant. Ideally an hour a day but self-marketing now consumes some of that time. It’s a real challenge

Q. Is there some place special you like to be when you write?
A. The train actually works the best day to day but writing on a private beach in Langkawi last summer will take some beating.

Q. Do you listen to music or do you need a quiet place to write?
A. I will put music on if I need to switch off from other noise. Otherwise quiet helps me to think and drift off into my fantasy world.

 Tell us about your book:

Q. What is the name of it and is it part of a series or a stand alone novel?
A. My book is A Very English Revolution. It was written as a stand alone piece and it is self contained. However I have now written a sequel to it which will have a further part which I will write next year. So I guess a stand alone book has now become a trilogy. But each book will read as one with a beginning and an end to ensure no-one feels that have to have read all three to enjoy them.

Q. Where did the idea come from?
A. The things I find fascinating in human nature is religion and politics. Religion because I believe people underestimate the power of religious institutions and then politics which is full of good people doing bad things under pressure. I also, as a man like to develop female characters in uncharacteristic roles and play with the challenges that face them. It has to be the ultimate challenge for a man to write brilliant female characters. Add the thriller format, a love story, some extremists baddies on all sides, a political vacuum to exploit and out came a story which people appear to love. As the writer at first I think I wanted to take a point of view in the story, but actually as I wrote it I found it more interesting to write all the various points of view and therefore the reader can make the judgements about right and wrong within it. In politics everyone can be right and also can be wrong.

Q. How long did it take to write?
A. The story took 7 months to get on paper. Then the same amount editing it and improving it.

Q. What is it about?
A. It’s framed around a bi-election in Northern England. An industrial area with a long heritage struggling with mass immigration of Asians and and consequent multi-cultural challenges. Lucy Sayers a new look British Nationalist wows the media with her tough talking and glamorous looks. A tenacious local legal researcher Rachel Lancaster believes she is a fraud and is determined to expose her. The story running along side it is a whodunnit set around a long buried body discovered in a Manchester suburb. It pulls a journalist into his past as he uncovers a link to the local church. The complex story escalates page by page as extraordinary and catastrophic events turn everything on it’s head. It sounds like heavy politics and hard to comprehend but it really isn’t I’m not a political activist or commentator but it is something I think everyone has a view on. In the end there is a straightforward universal moral; what happens when people choose not to listen to each other and honesty and tolerance becomes impossible. A world where extremists on all sides can prevail.

Your other work:

Q. Do you have any upcoming projects in the works or other books that have been published?
A. Five Days is the working title of the sequel which I am desperate to finish in the coming weeks. I also have written a number of short stories some of which can be found on www.sgnorris.co.uk. I run an internet writing group www.writerscave.co.uk.

Q. Where can readers connect with you?
A. My blog is www.sgnorrisauthor.blogspot.com, Twitter @sgnorrisauthor and I am active on Facebook (S.G.Norris), Amazon and Goodreads.

Q. Where can we buy your books?
A. Paperbacks are available on line at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Waterstones and most major booksellers. The e-book version is available from many sources but the easiest and most visible is kindle on Amazon.

More about A Very English Revolution:
Blurb:
Joe Barker a journalist receives a message from a long forgotten girlfriend. When Joe replies he discovers Jenny has been killed in a tragic accident. He returns to Manchester to attend the funeral, where he finds Jenny’s younger sister Sarah and a mystery connecting a thirty year old body to the rise of a new pressure group reasserting the Christian faith on an apathetic nation. Convinced that Jenny’s death may not have been an accident Joe and Sarah question why someone might not want the story told. Across the Pennines in Leeds, a bi-election opens an opportunity for Lucy Sayers, a radical new-look nationalist candidate to win a seat in parliament. Rachel Lancaster, a legal researcher skilled in exposing corruption in local institutions, is suspicious of how far Sayers is prepared to go, to win. A terrifying incident tears open the social and political fabric of multi-cultural Leeds. The dramatic fallout plummet’s Joe and Rachel into the firing line, now the only ones who can see the real story and stop the unthinkable from happening. A thrilling fictional story of murder, betrayal, and corruption in its own right but also a stark warning of how the realities of the immigration debate, could plunge the UK into a dangerous revolution.

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