Interview with Daniel Eagleton

  1. Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into writing?

I’m a writer living in London, which, I suspect, is a bit like living in a Garret in Paris in the 1920s: no money or prospects, but I am at least sustained (on a good day) by my art. I always wanted to write, but spent a long time either gathering invaluable life experience or being worryingly aimless. Still not quite sure which…

 

 2. What inspired you to write your book?

       I had the idea, which I thought was worth pursuing. After that, it’s really a question of trying not to ruin the concept along the way…

3. What theme or message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

The book is really about how dysfunctional and destructive institutions (and the people that work for them) can be. And, I suppose, the effect that has on the rest of us…

 

4. What drew you to the espionage thriller/action adventure genre?

In a nutshell: the often gaping absence of morality, decency or common sense.   

5. If you could sit down with any of your characters and ask them a question, what would you ask them and why?

That’s a tough one. Maybe I’d ask Thomas why he’s so intent on self-destruction. I’m just not sure he’d be able to give me a coherent answer.

6. What social media site has been most helpful in developing your readership?

Social media? I run from it every chance I get, although I realize that might be somewhat counterintuitive. I was on Facebook for a brief moment, but I kept checking it every twenty minutes without knowing why, so I had to disable my account. I’m feeling much better, though, thanks for asking…

7. What advice would you give to aspiring or just starting authors out there?

You’re a solider.

8. What does the future hold in store for you? Any new books/projects on the horizon?

The future holds certain death for us all, but in the meantime I’m writing a historical crime drama set in 18th century London. I’m really enjoying it, but you have to be sure to get your facts right. On the other hand, if a character is in trouble they can’t whip out a smartphone and ask for help, so, dramatically speaking, that’s a plus…  

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