Hi, I’m author WD Jackson and I’m a British crime and horror writer based in London. So far I’ve written four novels and a short story, and I’m working on my fifth novel currently, the second in my new London-based crime series and the sequel to my most recent release Demons.
When and why did you start writing?
I actually started writing when I was about 18. I remember sitting in a cinema watching something and thinking that the scene I had just seen lacked something. Coming from a creative background and education, I decided to see if I could write something better, and that’s really what kickstarted me.
What inspires your writing?
A few things things inspire me. First of all, I’m a big crime and horror fan, across all mediums, and I have what I like to think is a pretty active imagination. I’m always thinking of cool concepts for stories or scenes or things that are scary, so I wanted a way of processing those creative thoughts into something tangible. There’s also the fact that I consume so much in these genres and enjoy them so much that I wanted to create something to contribute. I watch a lot of crime shows and watch nearly every horror film going, and these really help give me ideas for my own work. Lastly I grew up with parents that read crime and horror and thriller books so avidly that it rubbed off on me. I think it was always something I would end up doing in some capacity.
What has been your worst moment as a writer?
I think getting bad reviews for my very first book and knowing that for the most part they were justified. It was really tough to take harsh criticism of something I felt I had worked hard on and not just feel totally down about it. In truth it sucked for a long time and I thought about giving up, but I decided to take the feedback as constructively as I could and use it to improve my writing and my stories.
Do you have any writing rituals to get you in the mood for writing?
I wouldn’t say I have any rituals specifically, but I do always have to read back and edit what I wrote the session before, before I can get started writing new sections. It really helps me get into the flow and help things connect properly.
If you could, what would you go back and tell yourself as a writer starting out?
Probably to plan better. I had to learn this the hard way. Without planning, a story can really easily grow in directions you didn’t want and get out of hand, which inevitably causes it to suffer. Plan, plan, plan, that’s my motto. And also edit everything at least five times!
What do you believe make for great writing?
Personally I think having a passion and knowledge about what is being written. I write about things that interest me, in a way that I like to engage with that subject matter, and I think that makes my work stronger and more effective. If I was writing about something I didn’t really know about or care about, and hadn’t at least done some good research first, I think it’d be much weaker!
How do you measure success as a writer?
For me, as much as I would love huge sales numbers and books always in the charts, I really just always want people to have fun reading my books, that’s the absolute key for me. The readers, no matter how many or few of them there are, need to enjoy what I’ve written.
What’s your biggest fear as a writer?
Perhaps that no one will ever read what I’ve written. I put a lot of effort and time and passion into my work so it would be said for my books to go totally unnoticed.
Describe your latest book to our readers
Demons is the first in my new London-based crime series, following Detective Inspector Daniel Graves, new to the city. He is handed a homicide that at first seems fairly typical, but as he investigates it seems that his actions could directly be affecting the case, making the killer strike again. Even as Daniel is struggling to find the murderer, another case, a stranger case, is handed to him. It seems a family claiming to have been targeted by a supernatural entity hired a demonologist to conduct an exorcism, an exorcism that went horribly wrong. It’s up to Daniel to prove that the supernatural is not real, that demons are not real, and that someone very human is behind everything. He’ll have to face his own demons and juggle the two most difficult cases of his career if he’s to stop more murders from happening.
What would you like readers to take away from your writing?
Honestly, just enjoyment. I want readers to be kept guessing, to be scared sometimes, thrilled and excited by what they’re reading, and just to have fun with my books.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
Really to just go for it. Start writing, get as many people to read your work as possible and learn from feedback to keep improving. And write what you know and what you enjoy!
What’s next for you?
I’m busy working on the sequel to Demons, which I’m aiming to release mid 2018, if not even a little sooner! It’s already underway and going well, so fingers crossed.
By WD Jackson
When a bloody corpse is discovered in a North London park, Detective Inspector Daniel Graves is the man on task to the killer. With no clues and no suspects it seems like a dead end. Then another body turns up and this time it looks like it could all be his fault. Has his investigation caused the murderer to strike again? Is he dealing with a serial killer?
As case one gets ever more complicated, a report comes in of another suspicious death but this is nothing like any other Graves has dealt with. All involved are convinced that something supernatural is to blame. A demon.
With two cases on his shoulders and the truth seeming ever out of his grasp, Graves must race against time before both killers, human or otherwise, strike again.