How Long is a Piece of Rope: Declan Conner

Declan Conner lives in Brazil, where he teaches business studies in English.

He has the good fortune of a beautiful wife, but with the misfortune to share the foot of his bed with a jealous stepson in the guise of a poodle.

His short story, The End, or a New Dawn, reached the finals of a short story competition. Harper Collins editors and authors judged the stories. This story is part of a collection of thriller/mysteries, Lunch Break Thrillers. From uploading the collection to kindle in late February 2011, it shot into the charts for its category in the UK at number 4 and sandwiched between the likes of Steven King and Agatha Christie. It has remained in the top ten or thereabouts ever since.

Survival Instinct                                                                Lunch Break Thrillers

UK 0.70P                                                                              UK 70P

America $0.99                                                                  America $0.99

Germany 0.99 Euro                                                         Germany 0.99 Euro 

Declan blogs at where he runs a super column of Lunch Break thriller interviews.

Survival Instinct, under its original working title, achieved a gold star on the author site,

Declan is currently continuing to write short stories and is working on a second thriller, title, Russian Brides.

1. Survival Instinct (The dark side of dating) is way better than anything by Geoffrey Archer but one day I’d really like to be as good as James Patterson,

2. You will just love my book if you enjoy watching Two and a Half men and reading anything by Lee Childs but if you’re a fan of Barbara Cartland, steer well clear

3. Nothing good ever comes from the barrel of a gun unless it’s a double barrel one, as in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

4. How do you see the role of food in the contemporary thriller and where does Survival Instinct fit into the spectrum?
I see it as an integral part of any story for realism when setting some scenes, from coffee shops and cream doughnuts to dining out. Paella figures in mine to disastrous effect for my MC’s aspiring love life.

5. How would it affect the direction Survival Instinct takes if the action were moved wholesale to the set of Glee in chapter 7?
Well it would help the squeamish reader, by lulling them into a false sense of security before my serial killer strikes.

6. When you’re writing, would you rather look out at the sea, or in at your thoughts?
I live in Brazil, some 200 yards from the beach, so the opportunity is there to look out to sea. However, I prefer to think things out lying in my hammock on the veranda and a can of lager near at hand.

7. When writing, do you start at the beginning and keep going, or start at the end and work back?
I plan things out and start at the beginning, finding it hard to stop until I reach the end. On the occasions I have to stop to think about the story, or lose interest, I know I am going in the wrong direction and start the chapter over. If it doesn’t excite me, it won’t excite the reader.

8. A great villain or a great hero?
A great, but psychologically flawed hero who has to face his demons in everyday life to survive the rigors of modern living. Someone who rises to the challenges thrown at him, but doesn’t always win everything. The kind of guy women readers want to hug and take him home to put him under their wing and the guys to kick him in the pant’s for his naivety.

9. Survival Instinct will change the way a reader looks at the singles’ scene. Hell, they may never date again.

10. How long is a piece of rope?
It depends if you are dancing on the end of it. It’s all a matter of perception.


~ by danholloway on June 3, 2011.

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