Welcome to Clubhouse Chat page. Those of you who are not a member won’t be aware that the location of the Clubhouse is shrouded in mystery. The only way to visit it is via membership or an invite to the tearoom. Every few days, I’ll be sharing a conversation with all sort of writers and authors at different levels of their writing careers. Over tea and cakes, or maybe a glass of something stronger, I shall be chatting with my guest about their work in progress, or latest book release.
Today I’m chatting to crime writer Chris Wood. Welcome to the tearoom, Chris. My first question to you is what would you like to drink?
Thank you for invite me, Paula. Please could I have a double espresso, thank you.
Right, now we have our drinks can I start by asking you when you first begun your writing journey what drew you to your chosen genre?
I was a Detective in the police for many years, so I guess the crime genre was a given for me. The years of experience provided insights into humanity and life at the extremes. I often wondered ‘What if?’ Which is a great starting place for a novel.
What writing elements do you think is your strongest points, and what would you like to do better?
I hope my writing portrays a true, gritty, realistic representation. I would like to develop my writing in the area of intriguing, interpersonal relationships between the characters.
How many unfinished projects do you have on your computer?
My initiation to writing has been quite methodical. ‘County Lines’ was my first project, which thankfully came to fruition. I’m currently 30,000 words into the sequel; ‘Crossed Lines.’ So maybe some unfinished projects will start to accumulate when I approach my third, stand-alone, novel!
Do you write a synopsis first or write the first chapter or let the characters lead you?
I write the first chapter first, I love the creativity of starting with the bones of a story and developing it along the way.
When reading your work through do you ever find that your daily mood swings are reflected in your writing?
Yes definitely. It’s fun observing them whilst edit reading. Characters tend to be more sarcastic, ruthless and nasty when I’ve had a bad day!
Were any of your characters inspired by real people?
My characters tend to be an amalgam of several people, especially the detectives, it’s great fun piecing together quirks and eccentricities!
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
There are never enough hours in the day when the story is flowing from the pen!
Do you set yourself a daily word count?
I try to set a word count of 1000 words a day, rather than a target of hours. I love the feeling of achievement when I surpass the target. If a few non-productive days go by, I do get a bit itchy to get going again.
What was your hardest scene to write?
A scene where two gangsters are confronted by a ‘would be’ assassin. The gangsters fight fire with fire and a battle to the death follows. I endeavoured to maintain a fast-paced scene whilst balancing it with the inclusion of sufficient detail.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
‘County Lines’ took six months to write, I am impatient by nature, so I need to keep a check on it and maybe slow down a little.
Thank you, Chris for joining me in the tearoom.
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