Thursday, March 15, 2018

Interview - The October Men by David Impey

Are you currently binge watching anything on Netflix, Hulu (or elsewhere)? What keeps you glued to the screen?

I adore ‘Spiral’ (‘Engrenages’ in the original French) which is ineffably brilliant and I’ve been binge-watching that. Just finished devouring the entire run of ‘How I Met Your Mother’ which was insane and ‘M*A*S*H’ which is beyond compare.

What keeps me glued is anything that I’ve not seen before or that is unexpected.

Do you prefer movies or TV series?

Well, that rather depends on what I think will work at the time. You can’t beat all 4 hours of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ on a cold, wet Sunday afternoon and ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ is still the best movie ever made (it’s a scientific fact – people in white coats with big brains have proved it, so there!) so it bears repeated viewing.

In the evening, I love a good TV series to bury my head in. So, I’m going to duck the question completely. Apologies for my cowardice.

When it comes to reading do you prefer standalones or series?

I think I prefer standalones. I’ve tried reading a few scandi-noir detective novels where the lead character develops over several volumes, but I get the suspicion that the author is surrendering his/her voice to the character and is losing some of the control over the pace of the story.

(That said, I did read the Harry Potter series.)

Do you prefer to start new book series when the first book is released or do you want for a several books in the series to be released so you can binge read?

It’s good to start something at the beginning rather than parachute in halfway through. That said, a book should be able to stand on its own merits without having to rely on the reader’s knowledge of the preceding volumes, don’t you think?

What are some of your hobbies, interests or guilty pleasures (other than reading and writing)?

I’m a massively keen musician and I’ve been performing and composing music since I was about 10. I also produce soundtrack music for corporate videos, etc.

I used to play a lot of cricket (really badly) but there’s something quintessentially English about standing in the middle of a field for 5 hours and then drinking beer. I also do a bit of horse riding.

What's your guilty “nerd” pleasure?

Anything related to Gerry Anderson (‘Thunderbirds’, ‘Supercar’, etc.) who is one of the most inspired artists since the birth of television. It was he who inspired me to become an astronaut. There’s still time yet…

Have you ever peeked at the ending of a book?

No. All you’re doing is cheating yourself of the cost of the book. I once went on holiday with a great book (‘Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow’) which had the last page missing. Since a lot of the denouement happens on that final page, the frustration was like something from a Tony Hancock episode. I eventually managed to get a complete copy from the bookshop, so I can continue my life relieved!

When it comes to your own writing are you a plotter or a panster?

Plotter. Definitely. I use devious Excel spreadsheets of infernal complexity with timelines, sub-plots, character sketches. Bordering on anal, I’m afraid.

The October Men
David Impey

Genre: Suspense, Mystery, Conspiracy Thriller

Publisher: Big Bear

Publication date: 20 March 2018

ISBN: 9781912145799

Pages: 339

Book Description:

Otto Parsons, a brilliant Oxford physicist, is missing. His early experiments on zero gravity machines have produced unimaginable results. His professor, Dan Sibley, has to secure funding for their work or close the project down.

A wealthy organisation has made him an offer to secure the project’s future. Only now, it seems his backers may have an altogether more sinister agenda. Wheels are in motion that cannot be stopped.

What is it that connects their work with the assassination of JFK, the Roswell Incident, the Wall Street Crash and a mysterious cache of priceless art?

And who are the shadowy partners of the October Foundation? The answers will threaten the safety of everyone on the planet.

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About the Author:

This is the first full-length novel by David Impey. He originally graduated in Chemistry and, afterwards, worked in high-tech industry either on the marketing/commercial side or in advertising.

David has helped write campaigns with a heavy emphasis on demystifying supposedly obscure areas of science that affect everybody on a day-to-day basis and has won several awards for his work.

His first published work was an April Fool’s article in a yachting magazine and, since then, David has been a frequent columnist, contributor to industry journals and online blogs, as well as setting up some and editing others. He also developed a TV series about health called “The Dose”.

When he’s not writing, David is a composer, producer, and keyboardist. He has worked as a musician for 20 years principally as a composer of soundtrack music for corporate clients ranging from sherry to paint to insurance and cruise lines.

Some of his music has been used extensively by TV companies across Europe including the UK and the Netherlands. David lives near Oxford with his wife and insane dog.