BLOG TOUR FLASHBACK – No Rest for the Wicked
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ABOUT THE BOOK
When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.
The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.
When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
What initially got you interested in writing?
Good question! When I was a kid, I used to make up songs and record them on cassette tapes, and so I learned to play guitar as a teenager so that I could write better songs. I wanted to be a rockstar until I was about sixteen, when I started messing around with poetry and short stories – some of them were pretty good, and so I took it a lot more seriously, spent more and more time doing it, and the rest is history!
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
That was always the goal, really – I’d self-published a bunch of books, but I didn’t really bother to promote them properly because their quality was nowhere near as good as you can get from working with a publisher.
I saw self-publishing as something that I did purely so I could hold a copy of the book in my hands after I’d written it, and I guess it was kind of an exercise in ego. Being published properly is something entirely different, because it shows that other people believe in your work (enough to commit their money to it), and it automatically gives an author a higher level of authority. It’s so easy to self-publish these days that anyone can do it, but not anyone can have their work accepted by a publisher!
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
It depends! With the book that I have coming out at the moment, I just hope that people read it and enjoy it – there’s no deep message to it or anything like that. In fact, I purposefully tried to avoid it – the main character is a priest and I’m a staunch atheist, and so I had to make sure that I didn’t imply that religion is a bad thing or anything like that. In the context of No Rest for the Wicked, it’s just a thing – totally neutral. But with most of my work, I’m just happy if it makes the reader think!
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I just have a natural compulsion to write – it’s like scratching an itch. It’s a bit like being a smoker – when you smoke a cigarette, it’s not necessarily a pleasurable experience, but it does satisfy a craving. I guess the most rewarding thing overall is actually holding a finished, printed book in your hands, and knowing that you created it from scratch.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Finding the time! I’m always so busy, because I have a day job to worry about and I’m also heavily involved with Forsaken, the horror imprint that I’m being published through. I’ve been helping to manage projects for over twenty other writers, which certainly keeps you busy! What with one thing and another, it’s just tricky to find the time to get things done!
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Read and write, as much as you can! It’s hugely important that you build up a good knowledge of the written word and how other writers are using it, because you can pick up on some of the techniques that other writers are using and adapt them to suit your needs. It’s also important to learn as much as you can about marketing, because that’s one of the most important skills that an author can have!
What ways can readers connect with you?
They can find me on my website (http://www.danecobain.com), or they can follow me on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/danecobainmusic) and Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/danecobain) if they’d like to be kept up-to-date with the latest stuff as and when it happens.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dane Cobain is a writer, poet and musician from a place you’ve probably never heard of, somewhere in England. When he’s not writing books, he’s reading and reviewing them on his book blog – SocialBookshelves.com – or working at his day job in social media marketing. Find him at Facebook.com/DaneCobainMusic or follow @DaneCobain on Twitter.