Describe yourself in five words
Handsome intelligent and lovable
What fact about yourself would really surprise people?
Well I have in the past protected hi profile personnel including David Beckham, David Ginola, Kylie Minogue and some members of the Royal family although this was a great working environment to be in it was quite dangerous at times….
What makes you happiest?
Seeing my family do well as my children who I love dearly and to see my grandchildren do well
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Well the reason I write, this has always been an ambition of mine as I used to tell my brothers and sisters fantasy stories when I was young child and then told my children and nephew and nieces stories as every loving parent does and now at this stage of my life.
I can now publish my own stories now such Clayton’s Mackintosh, and the Twin Princess which now available on Amazon, and Barnes and noble due to progress of technology
What writing are you most proud of?
Well although I write children’s books, I have been obsessed with the horror genre since I was a kid and I have written a horror novel under another name as a black man that is my proudest achievement to date …..
What books did you love growing up?
Well well I was young used to read children’s adventure books such as the famous five by Enid Blyton and war and action comics obviously being a boy but also I used to read the Britannia Encyclopaedia yeah I now I had a bit if a nerd stage.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
As I have already mentioned the change of technology for budding authors’ such as myself as in the internet, getting published was the hardest, I obviously went through a plethora of throw downs from the main publishers given you the inadequate and adequate reasons why they cannot publish you writing comes easy to me and now the internet is worth its weight in gold for marketing.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
I am sorry I am very protective over my work until it is completed, I am terrified of the chance of someone stealing it before me,espacally whe I was actively pitching my work to various publishers because of the time and effort I have donated to it, but I suppose that is just me, and I eventually have to share it with the world anyway.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
Well wouldn’t say my family is running to breakdown the doors of the bookstores to get my books, but I get more support and interest from friends regarding my writing but I suppose as much as I would love to be the centre of attention of my family in their lives I am sure they have their own priority’s in life.
What else do you do, other than write?
Well I am a normal person in that sense when I am not writing at every waking moment I have, I just socialise with family and friends, a keen sports watcher weather it be on screen or live of American football, soccer, international rugby and the like but my treat is wining and dining whether it be alone or with family and friends
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
Well once again I have already done that and guess what that was, yes writing and publishing (actually it was writing and publishing and American studies Joint Honours believe it or not at Middlesex University in London) although I did not complete it due to my family commitments it was refreshing and set me up with the knowledge I acquired to be published.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
Wow that is a question, well if I won the lottery or became a bestselling author worldwide, I would either have to live on an island or buy an island in Central America or by the Solomon Islands as I have always lived around and in big city’s all my life so that would be the life for me to get ultimate serenity for my writing.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I write with my lap top and absolutely take it everywhere with me, I don’t jot anything on paper for ideas, or anything like that, I don’t write in bed , I always have my lap top with me just in case I have an idea or to prepare a story.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
Well I am a bit if an insomniac so I don’t have to have much sleep in order to operate so I am lucky in that sense it is very rarely that you will see me complaining when I have been up till the early hours of the morning writing Clayton’s Mackintosh….
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
Well obviously every writer wants to be the number one best seller, I think I would settle for that as well, as that is the height of achievement and for in this genre and seeing that kind of success would be great to be recognised myself a black man writing in this genre….
Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
Well my book is called Clayton’s Mackintosh this story is about a little boy that has been given at first a Mackintosh coat that does absolutely nothing and is a very old type of coat but as the story goes on Clayton now the owner of it realises that his coat can talk, walk and do magic, who helps home to a challenge from some mischievous demons and his mackintosh calls in some legends of soccer and basketball assist them to overcome these sporting duels.
It is a hearty family fun book of fantasy and sporting mayhem and some comedy ….
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
Well that is easy I would invite Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X and Vanessa Williams, sorry I am a red blooded male, although I think myself Nelson and Malcolm would be fighting over her, I would have to calm this by reiterating to them that Malcolm X and Nelson Mandela are only invited to dinner for conversation and Vanessa Williams is my dessert and no one else’s……
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
Wow, my last and final question, well most of all I would like the readers who buy my novel to have read it and to their children, to read just for a nice comforting story where they can just escape in their minds for a couple of minutes.
Check out David’s book on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Claytons-Mackintosh-David-Lee-Ross/dp/1326850687