Today, I’m welcoming David Leadbeater to my blog with an interview.
His book “The Bones of Odin” became a UK #1 Bestseller last Friday in Action/Adventure and is currently the #1 Thriller in the UK. His other novel Chosen also hit #1 in Occult and is still there as this is written.
Where are you originally from? I was born in Pontefract, in the UK, and now live in York.
What inspired you to become a writer? I became interested in reading novels whilst still at school, the old horror/fantasy writers like Stephen King, Stephen Donaldson, Tolkien etc and first tried my hand at writing a book at the tender age of 15, which I subsequently sent off to a publisher to receive a rejection letter for a book that wasn’t even mine. Good start with the publishers, eh?
What is/are your favorite genre(s)? My favourite Genre is actually a mix of Crime Fiction and Thriller, though I love and have read almost every different type of book.
Are you currently reading anything? My current reading activities revolve around the Vampire Federation novels by Scott Mariani and his ‘Ben Hope’ series.
Who or what is the driving force that keeps you going? Two things- the belief that I can, in fact, write, helped along by the enthusiastic verification of strangers, and the great support from my wife, without which I would not be able to do this.
How do you balance your personal life with your writing career? At the moment, with great difficulty. I am still learning all the ropes, and some things that take time now will undoubtedly get easier, but all the same the balance between a family life, a full-time job, and a writing career is not an easy one.
Tell us about your book. My latest novel is called The Bones of Odin, and follows an ex-SAS solider in his explosive quest to unravel an ancient mystery, and make the greatest archaeological find of all time that will save the world.
What made you decide to write your book? I love the idea of old legends being re-imagined with a new twist, something that will make you think about it after you have finished the book. I also love the idea of ancient history being interwoven with current news topics to help ‘prove’ their authenticity. This started me off- the rest just evolved.
Do you have any upcoming events or book promotions? I am currently undergoing a guest blog tour. During this time all my books will be offered free for at least one day. News of these dates will be posted on Twitter nearer the time.
Where can people find you and your work on the web?
Look for my novel, The Bones of Odin in the UK – http://tinyurl.com/777pedb
Or in the U.S.A – http://tinyurl.com/84tgzgp
Look for my Blog at: http://tinyurl.com/72nqc77
My Website at: http://tinyurl.com/6mhm2ye
My Twitter ID is @dleadbeater2011
Facebook – DavidLeadbeaterNovels