How Long is a Piece of Rope: James Everington

Feed The Enemy is available from Amazon UK for 69p

And Amazon.com for 99 cents

James Everington is also the author of The Other Room, at the same price.

James Everington was born in 1976 in Nottingham, England. After writing somewhat dark fiction for a number of years, he feels it is time to send some of them out into the light… After a number of stories published in small-press magazines and anthologies, his first collection ‘The Other Room’ will be available as soon as he stops mucking around on the internet. He enjoys music, Guinness, and writing about himself in the third person.

Feed The Enemy is a bit of a departure from his normal writing, being a psychological short story influenced more by thrillers than horror. It tells the story of one woman attempting to flee London on a day when the headlines are dominated by terrorism. Her husband Leo is a shadowy civil servant who encourages her to leave – but his motives may be more personal than she knows…
“The story is told with expert description and the reader actually feels pulled in to this woman’s very thoughts and feelings. Feed the Enemy is perfect for a quick read.”

You can find James on his blog

So what does James have to say about the questions that matter?

1. Feed The Enemy is way better than Twin Peaks Season 2 (what were you thinking David?) but one day I’d really like to be as good as Twin Peaks Season 1.
 
2. You will just love my book if you enjoyed The Confidential Agent by Graham Greene but if you’re a fan of Agent 21 by Chris Ryan, steer well clear.
 
3. Little flags that say ‘BANG!’ come from the barrel of a gun. If you’re lucky.
 
4. How do you see the role of food in the contemporary thriller and where does Feed The Enemy fit into the spectrum?
Interesting… I did call it Feed The Enemy, although that was really because I nicked the title from a Magazine song. Actually the main character starts the story not wanting food at all, and the only thing she ‘eats’ is the pills her husband gives her. But by the end she really wants a bacon bap… God, that sounds poor doesn’t it?  Like the characterization in my book’s been done by Chris Moyles. Put it like this, food is a symbol for appetites of all kinds…
 
5. How would it affect the direction Feed The Enemy takes if the action were moved wholesale to the set of Glee in chapter 7?
It’s not got seven chapters, so I will have to say after seven paragraphs… I suspect the themes of terrorism, anti-depressant abuse, and media manipulation would probably get somewhat diluted if everyone broke into song every five minutes. I assume they do that? I’m waffling because I’ve never actually seen Glee.
 
6. When you’re writing, would you rather look out at the sea, or in at your thoughts?
Wow, I’ve never written by the sea; in principle it sounds great. Maybe it would be distracting, but I get distracted now by the building-site outside my house, so I might as well be distracted by nature’s beauty as builder’s bum cracks.

7. When writing, do you start at the beginning and keep going, or start at the end and work back?
I start at the beginning of the story as I see it, but that’s not always the start of the chronological plot. Working out what to reveal is easy; working out when to reveal those things in the narrative is hard. Particularly as I never plot anything out beforehand.
 
8. A great villain or a great hero?
Oh, villain definitely. Let’s face it, even as kids we knew Luke Skywalker wasn’t cool.
 
9. Feed The Enemy will change the way a reader looks at … every sodding headline in the Daily Mail.
 
10. How long is a piece of rope?
Depends on the weight & height of the person you’re hanging. To hang me the rope would need to be 203cm long for the ‘modern-drop’ method; before this was adopted it would have needed to be about 279cm long to kill me without ripping my head from my body.

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~ by danholloway on May 17, 2011.

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