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A Conversation With David Callinan, Novelist, Screenwriter and Musician

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Today, Norm Goldman is honored to have as our guest, David Callinan, Novelist, screenwriter and musician and author of Fortress Manhattan, The Ten Minute Miracle, Face Lift and Bodyswitch.

Good day David and thanks for participating in our interview.

Norm: 

You have worn many hats as screenwriter, musician and author, which have you found most rewarding and why?

David:  

In terms of financial rewards, probably a musician. But that was purely circumstantial. However, each has tapped into my psyche, subconscious and imagination – different routes to the same destination.

Norm:

What do you think over the years has driven you as a writer?

David:

Several things, really. I always remember reading a quote from John Braine (‘Room At The Top’) who said that a ‘writer is a person who writes’. That about sums it up. Most writers need to write. In many cases the rewards are minimal unless they strike gold and living in your own thoughts and imagination can send you a little ga-ga. I suppose I also want to be a successful writer – not just for money but because I want the world to hear my voice.

Norm:

Are your novels improvisational or do you have a set plan?

David:

Both in an odd way. Some have been improvised upon the bedrock of a plan. Others are based on my own screenplays and this means they have been almost written for me. The dictates of the novel mean I have to improvise and extemporize upon the screenplay. My new novel ‘Confess Confess’ – part of a planned series – started from scratch. I begin by sketching out the story, building the spine and timeline, until it feels solid and real. The writing expands from there but I allow myself to improvise if the story and characters demand that I do.

Norm:

What do you want your novels to do? Amuse people? Provoke thinking?

David:

Yes and yes. Having said that, I don’t think my books actually amuse people. I think they might frighten a few people but I certainly believe they will make people think.

Norm:

Could you tell our readers a little about your recent novel, Face Lift? What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

David:

‘Face Lift’ began life as a screenplay and the kernel of the story is the desire for beauty at all costs. It’s about desire and greed driven by a life of despair. How far would someone go to acquire the life and assets of someone else? How could space age body remodeling or plastic surgery transform two ugly losers and give them superstar looks? If they had the basic physiognomy – albeit hidden by ugly blemishes and facial disfigurement – then could they be transformed? 

Ella Fallon and Ed Leeming are lovers. Both are ugly and deformed and have been tormented at college by Scott Stockton, the handsome, hedonistic and vicious heir to an industrial fortune.

But then they are transformed by futuristic body remodelling techniques into stunningly beautiful people - front cover looks and talent to boot. Ed is remade into an identical double of Stockton, the man he hates.

All they want is revenge on the man who made their lives a wretched misery. Stockton inherits the family company whose latest development is the so-called 'immortality' drug, Genocel.

Now there is only one game worth playing - erase Scott Stockton and steal his entire life and fortune - and then to live forever.

One little rider to the question you asked about 'Face Lift'. I've just had a comment from a reader living in France. He described 'Face Lift' as  'mind twisting and erotic. I had to put the book down sometimes to keep the lid on' I don't see it as erotic - well not much anyway. At lot of my work has an
esoteric or even spiritual feel to it.
 

Norm:

Do you feel that writers, regardless of genre owe something to readers, if not, why not, if so, why and what would that be?

David:

I don’t think a writer writes a novel with a sense of debt to the reader in the front of his/her mind. In a sense, you have exactly the same debt to yourself as you do to any reader. You have to reveal your own vision and only by doing that can you be sure that you are giving to the reader. I suppose if you write non-fiction it is a little different.

Norm:

How long does it take you to write a typical novel, including research, writing and editing time?

David:

 I think ‘Face Lift’ took around four months. ‘Confess Confess’ is probably more germane because I have only just finished it. I started making notes in Turkey in the last week of April 2007. I wrote the spine and did lots of background research during the next month and in parallel to writing the book. I wrote the actual draft at home and while travelling to Europe and the US. I started writing the book (I’ve checked my computer file) in early July and it was finished by mid-August.

Norm:

Can you tell us how you found representation for your books? Did you pitch them to an agent, or query publishers who would most likely publish these types of book? Any rejections?

David:

Over the years I’ve had loads of rejections. As a screenwriter I stumbled into a kind of representation with the famous Dennis Selinger at ICM London – but he unfortunately passed away. I just contacted some agents in the UK about my first novel ‘Fortress Manhattan’, and almost straight away found an agent. In fact, I didn’t know he was even representing me until he had sold the book.

I tried to find a US agent for some time because I figured the market was much bigger for my kind of fiction than the UK and in the UK there appears to be a lot more prima-donnas in the agenting business. At that time, I had a wagon load of treatments and synopses but no actual book. It wasn’t until I wrote the spiritual thriller ‘Angel On My Shoulder’ that I found an agent in the US. He is now shopping ‘Confess Confess’.

Norm:

In the last year or so have you seen any changes in the way publishers publish and/or distribute books? Are there any emerging trends developing?

David:

Fiction is being squeezed by the supermarket chains and the consolidation in bookstores. The book trade is archaic in the way it does business. Internet publishing and self-publishing are taking up the slack but not necessarily bringing in the sales. It’s the old chestnut – there are too many books and, although we all love book stores and the smell and feel of real books, the main chains and distribution channels cannot deliver the breadth of writing or give new authors a chance without a major change taking place in book retailing.

Norm:

How have you used the Internet to boost your writing career?

David:

Almost everything I have achieved has involved the Internet in some way or other. Websites, review sites, ‘email marketing and publicity’ have all been useful. I use an email specialist bookloverpr@btconnect.com to handle the media.

Norm:

What's your advice to achieve success as a writer?

David:

If it’s fiction then you just have to keep writing in the belief that people will want to read your material. It also pays to be self-critical – to ask yourself deep and searching questions about your work. Then, somehow, you have to trigger a response somewhere and keep promoting yourself (which is the hard bit for many writers).

Norm:

You are also a musician and song writer. How was it like touring and performing with artists as Elton John, Bert Jansch, Bill Connolly, Rod Stewart and Long John Baldry? As a follow up, do you still perform as a musician or have you given this up?

David:

I perform sometimes and I am thinking of making an album. A new wave Irish singer (Sean Tyrrell) has picked up songs I wrote 30/40 years ago and recorded a bunch of them. And an album I made in 1972 is selling for big bucks on the Internet as a rare ‘folk-psyche’ album (whatever that means). I was part of the scene in those days. I remember sharing a dressing room with Elton John, Dee Murray and Nigel Olssen (the first EJ band). Billy Connolly was a fan and I of him when he was with the ‘Humblebums’.

I also co-wrote a Celtic rock opera for the Edinburgh Festival called ‘Pucka-Ri’ starring a young Pierce Brosnan. I gave him a lift back to London in my old van.

Norm:

As you are also a screenwriter, how is writing screenplays different from novel writing?

David:

With a screenplay you have to be minimalist. You also know before you start that if it actually gets anywhere you will have to share it. I have to pare everything down to visual essentials in a screenplay.

Norm:

Where can our readers find out more about you?

David:

On my website: http://www.davidcallinan.com or search my name on the Internet. Or they can contact Ocean House Press at http://www.oceanhousepress.com. I also have my blog 'Tall Story' at http://tallstories.wordpress.com.
 

Norm:

Is there anything else you wish to say that we have not covered and what is next for David Callinan?

David:

I’d just like to say thank you for your time. If any readers want to contact me directly they can email david.callinan@btconnect.com

Thanks once again and good luck with all of your future endeavors.

The above interview was conducted by: The Publisher & Editor of Bookpleasures.com, Norm Goldman, B.A. LL.L, Retired Title Attorney: Norm is also a travel writer and together with his artist wife, Lily, the couple meld Norm's words with Lily's art. To check out their travel site click on Sketchandtravel.com   Click here to view Norm’s Reviews & Interviews.

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