Friday, 13 November 2009

Quickfire Questions with... Gavin James Bower. PLUS Prize Draw!


While interning at Dazed & Confused magazine after completing his History degree in 2004, Gavin James Bower was asked to model for the upcoming issue and went on to join modelling agencies in London, Paris and Milan.

His first novel, Dazed & Aroused, set in the bleak
and shallow world of modelling, was published by Quartet Books in July 2009. Gavin blogs at dexterity97.blogspot.com.

PRIZE DRAW! Quartet Books have kindly sent us a copy of Dazed & Aroused to give away to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is leave a comment on this post. As usual, Strictly Writers aren't eligible for the prize. We'll announce the winner on Saturday 28 November. If that seems like a long wait, you could always go and BUY THE BOOK NOW.



The first story/poem I remember writing was ...
a ‘polemic’ about Sex and the City; specifically, on its ‘man-hating-ness’. I do like the show, though.

My family think my writing is ...
something to be proud of – especially my parents.

The best thing about writing novels is ...
telling people I write novels.

The worst thing about writing novels is
...the whole ‘performance anxiety’ thing. And the shit money. If I had to pick one, I’d pick the shit money.

Longhand first or computer? ...
‘I’m a PC.’

When I run out of ideas I ...
have no idea.

The most frequent question/comment I get about my book is...
‘how long did it take you to write it?’ – but I don’t know whether that’s a ‘good thing’ or not.

My advice to new writers would be
...stop trying to be a writer and just write.

Three authors (dead or alive) I'd like to invite to dinner are ...
Bret Easton Ellis, Karl Marx and Katie Price. I think that would be ‘interesting’.

My favourite writing clothes are ...
non-existent because I write nude. Ok I don’t, because that’s impossible. I actually write in anything ‘comfy’.

My favourite writing snack is ...
black coffee and a Daim bar.

The best book I've read recently is
...the draft of my next one.



18 comments:

gaelikaa said...

Interesting!

Geraldine Ryan said...

Oh. Gavin! Where did it all go so wrong?

Samantha Tonge said...

LOL, Geri, just what i was thinking!

Great answers, Gavin, and anyone whose writing snack is a black coffee and Daim bar is okay with me.

I watched SATC for the first time in ages last night - i'd forgotten just how good the writing was.

Fionnuala Kearney said...

Great replies - especially at this hour of the morning! Aren't dime bars the things they sell in Ikea?!

Gillian McDade said...

I really enjoyed reading this one! I'm a PC girl too!

Julie P said...

I'd agree with the comment you made, Gavin, about stop trying to be a writer and just write! Stop procrastinating and thinking too hard and get on with it!

Julie

Susie Nott-Bower said...

I wonder if anyone DOES write in the nude?
Susiex

Samantha Tonge said...

No. You get crumbs in your belly button.

Susie Nott-Bower said...

So you've tried it, then, Sam?
Susiex

Jenzarina said...

This man is far too talented! But I'll forgive him because he did a History degree and likes Daim bars.

Elliott Rodgers said...

Neat replies, made me smile... Love the title of the book

Kate said...

Great answers - must give the nude writing a try :-)

Gavin James Bower said...

I used far too many inverted commas here didn't I...? Tao Lin must be turning in his grave...

@GeraldineRyan - I think when I wrote the words 'performance anxiety'...

@FionnualaKearney - when is it 'Daim' and when is it 'Dime'?!

@Julie P - I procrastinated for two years. It's a writer's only unacceptable vice!

julietboyd said...

The most frequent question/comment I get about my book is...
‘how long did it take you to write it?’


Who are these people?!

Great questions and answers.

Debs Riccio said...

Who is this 'writer' Katie Price, please?

Brian Keaney said...

The best thing about writing novels is telling people you write novels! You poor man.

Sheila said...

Great interview - witty and to the point

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