First, I wish to thank Eli for giving me the opportunity to interview him. I really enjoyed reading his book, The Watcher, which I recommend it to everyone!
About Eli Carros
1. What’s the story behind this book?
The Watcher was inspired by a question I’ve always wondered about, and that is, are psychopathic killers, like the main antagonist in my book, born, or made?
I’ve always been fascinated by what makes people capable of committing acts of extreme evil because it’s so far away from the way I think. I think in a way that writing The Watcher was a sort of attempt to understand that darkness on my part.
As well, before I started writing, I did make a study of several serial killers who have been diagnosed as psychopaths, like Ted Bundy, and the Green River Killer, to name a couple. I did this to study their behavior and personality make-up, to try and see what if anything triggered their killing sprees.
The book was also heavily inspired by the London landscape, where I lived and worked for many years. London is such an atmospheric place, it’s hard not to be inspired while living there.
2. Is there going to be a second book, as a series?
Yes, there is, I’m in the planning stages for the second novel in the DI Grayson series right now, and as soon as The Watcher’s launched, I’ll be ready to sit down and write it. So if you enjoyed following the story of DI Grayson and Inspector Gita Naseen, you might want to stay tuned for the next installment.
3. If yes, Are there any hopes for a couple Jack -Nareem? I can’t explain why, but I would love to see it.
I don’t want to give too much away but those two have definitely got some chemistry going on between them to haven’t they? I think some sort of dalliance is certainly not out of the question. Certainly, in the next novel, those two will be tested in a variety of ways, and a relationship between them could be a part of that, but that’s all I’m going to say on that so readers will just have to wait and see.
4. How hard was it for you to finish it? Did you get to that point where you would think ‘ I can’t do it! I’ll stop because no one will read it’?
It wasn’t as hard to finish as it was to get started in the first place! I procrastinated for years before I even sat down to write a word, though I wish I hadn’t. Once I started though, I got totally hooked on writing it and it became addictive, though the process of writing a novel for the first time certainly brings its own challenges.
5. Lately, I heard about many books adopting the LGBTQ subject. What drove you to write about it?
Well, of course, this is a highly topical theme right now, and something not often covered within mainstream novels, and I didn’t particularly see why that should be the case.
Our society is a reflection of many different parts that make a whole and including LGBTQ characters is obviously a part of that.
Plus crime fiction, in particular, is in need of some fresh characters I think, ones that reach beyond the normal genre stereotypes, so I think that’s another reason that the idea maybe came to me in that way.
6. Is there a story behind your characters?
All my characters became very real to me as they developed and as I wrote their story, so much so, I actually have pages of cut material, that never actually made it to the novel.
I will be posting some of that cut material to my website at some point, as well as some character interviews I conducted during the writing process, in an effort to get to know my characters better. So if you’d like to delve even deeper into the world of The Watcher, you can visit http://www.elicarros.com and sign up to the mailing list to stay updated.
7. Do you have any advice for people out there who wish to write a book?
(To be honest, I have a few ideas for novels and I even start to write a couple, but I feel like I am not ready yet, or not good enough to do it.)
Oh definitely, just do it. If you have aspirations to write a novel, I think you should at least have a firm plan in place to get it down. Commit to saying, 1000 words, five times a week, because, you know, in about four months or so, you’ll reach the end and it’s the greatest feeling in the world.
1000 words a day at that pace really isn’t that much either and can be easily fitted around your work and family commitments, if you’re determined to do it.
8. Tell us some of your favourite writers.
I’m a big crime fiction fan and I adore authors like Patricia Cornwall, Leigh Russell, Mark Gillingham, Harlan Coben, Val McDermid, and the late Ruth Rendell. I love all those writers because they really know how to get the reader totally immersed in the story they are telling and also how to convey just enough suspense to keep you turning the pages desperate to know what happens next.
I really tried to impart some of that suspense to my readers, when I came to write The Watcher.
9. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your book?
That once you start it’s surprising how much the story flows and comes together in ways you didn’t expect. Although, when I came to actually writing The Watcher, I did have the basic storyline in my head, certain parts that ultimately made the plot infinitely better than it would have been, only came to me once I started.
I suppose the takeaway here is, never underestimate the power of the writing process and of tapping into your creative flow.
The Watcher is released on June 21st by Crooked Cat Books and is available in paperback now, with e-copies available for pre-order on Amazon at getbook.at/the watcher. Readers who want to stay updated on bonus content and release news can visit http://www.elicarros.com and sign up to the mailing list, where they will receive three bonus short stories from Eli as a thank you gift.
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