A little introduction:

John Kennedy mainly writes Crime Fiction. His DI Will Ashcroft series is published by Sharpe Books. The first in the series was The Trauma Pool, CWA Debut Dagger shortlisted. and the second was The Kill Chain, both available on Amazon. 

The third is fairly imminent.

When did your love of books begin?

I remember reading a Noddy in Toyland book with my mum. It was the occasion of revelation that if I just read one Synonym, then the next, then put the phrases together to read a sentence, then got to the end of the paragraph, and whether I could do that then I could read the whole book… that’s what got me going, I think. And you know what? It’s kind of the same with writing.

When did you start to have the wish to become an author?

I used to draw covers for books and comics and then write pages. Must’ve been eight or nine and did that into my early teens. So, I think it was there from then on, in some form or other. A love of narrative.

How have you found the process for becoming an author?

A journey, alright. But it is that for practically everyone, I think. Ups and downs and yes… moments of head meets door repeatedly. But luckily, there’s the delight of seeing a narrative come together, of those moments when you know you’ve written something only you could’ve written. Can’t beat that.

What would you say to those wanting to become an author?

Inventory up on the three Rs – reading, rewriting, resilience. Especially resilience. Keep a day job that doesn’t drive you too loopy unless you’re lucky enough not to need one. And get some backup wherever you can. Be ready to steamroller over your ego. When you think you’ve got there, you’re probably about a quarter of the way. Read. Rewrite. And be resilient. Oh, did I say that already? You will get knocked back, you will have to ‘kill your babies’ at times (terrible expression, but I can never think of a better one) and you nearly certainly will feel like giving up. Don’t. At least, not if you know, deep down in your intestine that you’ve got something. Learn to separate the inner voices and recognise them for what they are; the self-critic can be useful, but you don’t want him around when you’re pitching ideas to an agent at a conference. Same token, don’t let the delusory voice anywhere near the microphone either. Your book is not the best object ever to have graced a shelf since one of Byron’s flung stockings dropped from the candelabra. It’s just not, especially in the shape it’s likely to be in after a first draft. Doesn’t mean you can’t polish it into something pretty wonderful though.

Tell us about your book/books:

Basically, a crime fiction series set (mostly) in 1980s West Yorkshire. Detective Will Ashcroft, traumatised after working disturbing cases in London, returns to the north and meets a young, black policewoman DC Samira Byrne, suffering prejudice in and outside the force. They’re both marginalised in some ways, but that means they’ll see cases through where others are happy to brush them under the rug, and also that they’re ready to stand against corruption no matter the cost to themselves.

What do you love about the writing/reading community?

It’s so full of optimism. And that’s not necessarily naïve optimism; I love that there’s such drive there and a willingness to try everything out, in terms of reading or writing. Whether enough people believe that anything’s possible, possibly it will be.

Whether you could say anything to your readers what would it be?

Thank you. Really. For taking a chance and opening up. Provided you liked it, then please, please, please, review it. You’ve no idea how much that can help an author. Amazon or GoodReads would be brilliant.

Where can people connect with you?

My website is at https://www.writerjohnkennedy.com

My twitter is https://twitter.com/JohnKen_writer 

I’m a Crime Writer’s Organization member at

Kennedy, John – The Crime Writers’ Association (thecwa.co.uk)

There’s a live interview you might find fun at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR2OFi87Fes&t=3s

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