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I am very happy to share with you today the answers that Iain Parke, author of Heavy Duty People, gave to my questions. Read on to discover more about this author, his books and have the opportunity to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway with the chance to win ‘Heavy Duty People’ books, bookmarks and a DILLIGAF hoodie.
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
I’ve been a biker all my life and while I’ve never been a member of or associated with any outlaw club, they’ve always been a presence in that world, people I’ve been aware of and spoken to occasionally, and a serious and committed life and culture that I’ve been interested in and followed.
But I was somewhat frustrated as it’s a culture that when it appeared at all in fiction, tended to be used as shorthand for a comedy villain, so I kept asking myself why doesn’t anyone write something set in this world that treats it, the life, and the demands and choices it had to require seriously?
And eventually I just decided if no one else was going to do it, I would.
What is your writing process?
When I’m writing I just get into a habit where it takes up most weekends. When a story is flowing I can usually write something like 4-5000 words over a Saturday and Sunday.
I usually have an overall idea in mind and I tend to create the ‘key scenes’ first and then work through the linkages. Where and how the scenes fit together can go through quite a lot of rearranging as I go and of course as the characters get to work they have their own ideas and can start to take over so quite often their logic means the book ends up somewhere quite different from where I’d expected.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I scribble notes everywhere, all the time (I’ve had to get a dictation machine to stop me trying to scrawl things at traffic lights while driving).
But I then need to get these into my computer as soon as possible. My handwriting is so awful I can’t read it the next day so if it weren’t for the computer I’d never get anything done.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
I’ve become very fond of Bung (which was short for Bungalow, so called allegedly as there’s not a lot going on up top…). He appeared as a bit player at the start of the second book but his solid reliability has led to him getting more and more central roles and by the fifth book he’s become a ‘leading man’ in the story.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Probably Bung. He has a lot of the fun ‘as a soldier’ without having the managerial pain and responsibilities of being an officer in the club.
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
While my characters are fictional, their names often come from people I know or have known in the past which means there’s a fair few ‘in jokes’ in my books. The names have to fit so when writing my biker books most of the nicknames have come from that community.
And as an author having fun with characters is one of the perks of the job. It’s not everyone who gets to garrotte their ex-boss…
Thank you so much for answering my questions and allowing me to share your fascinating responses!
Read on to discover more about Heavy Duty People and its author as well as to have the opportunity to enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway associated with this Blog Tour.
“…a fantastic anti-hero…positively Shakespearian in his moral complexity…If I could only recommend one book this year, it would be Heavy Duty People” – Vulpes Libris
Damage’s club has had an offer it can’t refuse, to patch over to join The Brethren MC.
But as the bikes rumble and roar across the wild Northern fells, what does this mean for Damage and his brothers? What choices will they have to make as they ride through the wind? What bloody oil stained history might it reawaken? And why are The Brethren making this offer?
Loyalty to his club and his brothers has been Damage’s life and route to wealth, but what happens when business becomes serious and brother starts killing brother?
From being in a gang to becoming a gangster, Heavy Duty People is the book that invented Biker Noir.
Get Carter meets Sons of Anarchy in this gritty British crime thriller, now in development for TV.
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Iain worked in insolvency and business restructuring in the UK and Africa, where he wrote his first thriller The Liquidator. The success of that propelled him to write a ‘biker lit’ trilogy about the Brethren Motorcycle Club, a ‘cult’ hit which has recently been optioned for television. Today Iain lives off the grid, high up on the North Pennines in Northumberland with his wife, dogs, and a garage full of motorcycle restoration projects.
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1 x signed copy of the Heavy Duty Trilogy
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1 x DILLIGAF hoodie
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