Trev Lince, today’s guest on Last Word of the Week, originates from Marske-by-the-Sea on the North East coast of England, but now lives in Darlington with his wife, Claire. A keen golfer and frustrated Middlesbrough FC fan, Trev gets to as many matches as work and leisure time allow. He writes in what little spare time he has. Room 119 – The Whitby Trader was Trev’s first book but he may have a few more stories bursting to get out of his head…
Trev: I attained an ‘e’ in English and am borderline dyslexic and only read 11 books in my entire life before I had the crazy idea of writing Room 119.
So I guess I am not your stereotypical author. I had a dream, told a few people and after a year or so banging on about it my lovely wife said
‘Well why don’t you write it Trev, you never finish anything you start EVER.’
Next day was 2 Jan 2017, 4 months later I wrote The End.
Room 119 and Funicular were both born from dreams, or at least the idea and out line was.
I generally sort of know what’s next as I type. I never really have moments looking for inspiration. I can write 5 or 6k words every sitting when I’m in the mood.
I have, on both books, had a couple of nights after a heavy writing session gone to bed and had 6 or 7 dreams the continue the plot.
It’s actually hard to explain as you’re not asleep but not quite awake and I have to get up for water every hour, frustrating and tiring when it happens, but I’m glad it does.
Seeing Room 119 – The Whitby Trader arrive in paperback in a box from amazon. That might be eclipsed if it becomes a film!
Screenplay done and I’m in talks with a few directors.
It’s all about the next book, which I have been neglecting due to a new job and working hard to get Funicular out as an audiobook. Now that’s done I’m back on it.
Don’t listen to anyone who says you can’t do it, if I can, you can.
Also when you get a bad review (I’ve only had one so far) then take it with a pinch of salt.
Equally don’t go overboard with your good ones, you can’t please all of the people all of the time.
It is nice when you get a good one though!
Of my characters I would probably like to be Benjie the clown because I love him, it’s funny how you can make someone up and then they end up so real in your head.
When people say they hate clowns in books I end up sticking up for him like an old friend.
If not mine, then I said earlier I’ve only read 11 well 15 now, probably DEATH in Terry Pratchett books, quite a cool bloke, he’s just got a dodgy job.
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