From across the “pond,” please help me welcome my guest today, thriller writer David P. Elliot. David was born in Reading in the UK in 1949, and apart from eight years as a police officer, five of which were spent in the criminal investigations division, he worked in the IT industry for 30 years, before leaving in 2005 to write full time. He has three children and two grandchildren, one of whom was the inspiration for his novel ‘CLAN’. He now lives with his partner in Abingdon Oxfordshire.
MA: So, David, why did you choose to write novels?
DE: Why do I breathe? It is what I do, what interests me and what I am most happy doing!
MA: Um, okay (laughs). Did your real-life’s experiences inspire your writing?
DE: No inspiration from my working life at all (totally uninspiring!) despite spending many years in the computer industry I am a “born-again” Luddite! The possible exception is my time in the police service that helps somewhat with police process and ways of thinking. There are very few people I have met that I felt inspired by until I started writing.
MA: We had a famous Luddite-like guy in America, Theodore Kaczynski – the Unabomber — but I digress. I know you write thrillers, but are they traditional thrillers or is there some kind of flair or twist to them?
DE: My first novel is ‘CLAN’ which I would describe as a historical, supernatural thriller. It does not neatly fit into a single genre.
MA: Allow me to elaborate – I read a nice review of CLAN on the Sussex Newspaper website. They wrote:
“‘CLAN’ intertwines past and present, taking its readers from the 14th century – where a battle over the Throne of Scotland is under way – to the present times and back again. In 2007 England, David Elliot starts on a journey of self-discovery accompanied by his daughter, Kate, his son-in-law and his baby grandson, Thomas. Their destination is the borders of Scotland, where the Elliot family stems from and where David, interested in genealogy, hopes to find out more about his ancestors. What he cannot imagine is that his family is in great danger. Lord William de Soulis is waiting for them, observing them using his supernatural powers and aided by his evil familiar, Robin Red Cap. After fighting to become King of Scotland and being imprisoned in spirit form in the sinister Hermitage Castle for hundreds of years after his death, he is plotting to come back into the world. To do that he needs to sacrifice someone whose bloodline is meaningful to him. Someone who happens to be travelling to the borders of Scotland with three loving family members…”
MA: Sounds intriguing. So beyond CLAN, what’s next?
DE: At least one sequel to ‘CLAN’ (already underway) and several other full length novels including a compendium of supernatural short stories.
MA: Thanks very much for swinging by and spending some time with my readers. Please visit David’s website and blog for more information about him and his stories: