“Write the slow stuff fast, and the fast stuff slow.”
CRIME AUTHORS SPILL THEIR GUTS ABOUT WRITING. Every Thursday topnotch authors of psychological thrillers and crime fiction share their writing secrets – and the secrets to their success – with you and me.
This week: ROB SINCLAIR
Tell us about yourself…
I’m Rob Sinclair, author of the best-selling Enemy series of thrillers featuring Carl Logan; Dance with the Enemy, Rise of the Enemy and Hunt for the Enemy. Having worked as a forensic accountant for a number of years, investigating large scale corporate fraud across the globe, I took the plunge into self-publishing back in 2014 and haven’t looked back – or taken much of a break! – since. I’m now writing full time, in between looking after my two young sons and keeping the house tidy (the glamorous life of a stay-at-home dad/author!).
How do you go about plotting your books?
I hate planning. Not just in writing but in any walk of life. I have a really short attention span and am very impatient so I just like to get stuck into things. I’m very spontaneous; I’ll buy a house or a car on the spur of the moment, based on gut, and I think this attitude and outlook carries through to my writing because I never do a lot of planning before I get stuck into a new book. I find that one or two big ideas is usually enough to get started and then I really just go from there. Luckily the more I write, the more the ideas seem to come. The trickiest bit is in getting that initial idea, but you really can’t force that I don’t think – you either have an idea or you don’t. The ones I have in my head tend to come to me in a eureka moment when I’m in the midst of doing something else. Then it just takes a bit of working around in my mind – maybe over days or weeks – before I start writing… TO READ THIS INCREDIBLE INTERVIEW IN FULL, CLICK HERE.