Today I’m delighted to be interviewing debut novelist Rewan Tremethick. He’s about to launch Fallen on Good Times, a quirky and very entertaining tale in the paranormal noir genre. The action takes place in the American city of Pilgrim’s Wane, where all is definitely not what it seems. Laslo, a less than effective private detective, has found a niche market where he seems to excel – cases involving supernatural beings of one sort or another. Life’s bound to be interesting, if dangerous…
I asked Rewan some questions about Fallen on Good Times, writing and self-publishing.
1. What inspired you to write Fallen on Good Times?
I wanted to write a book that was more commercially viable, a straight up action adventure. It turns out I actually need there to be some kind of substance in my work in order for me to be happy with it, though, so I ended up going back and changing it up quite a bit.
2. Please describe it in 100 words.
It’s the story of Laslo Kane, a paranormal detective who wants to get out of the game before it kills him. When a wealthy investor offers Laslo a huge fee to solve the murder of his business partner, Laslo sees his chance to change his life forever. But to claim his money, Laslo will have to follow a trail of connected murders to its source: the mob.
Fallen on Good Times is part mystery, part comedy, all noir. Dark, gritty, silly, and quirky.
3. What’s the appeal of paranormal noir as a genre?
The great thing about paranormal as a genre is that it’s about those things that could almost be real. Fantasy, another genre I love, is very much about things that couldn’t possibly exist, whereas the paranormal taps into that part of us all that is scared of the dark. I think it’s perhaps easier to connect with as a reader, because we’ve all seen shadows out of the corner of our eyes and heard strange inhuman noises coming from close by…
And noir is all about being dark and gritty. Visually, noir films have plenty of lashings of shadow and striking colours. What better match for the supernatural?
4. Would you like to live in Pilgrim’s Wane?
It’s incredibly dangerous, but yes I would. For several reasons, really. One: I would love to live in a time where a trilby and trench coat was the norm for men. Two: It may be a risky place to be, with lots of strange things going on and the chance of getting eaten, but that just makes it interesting. It’s got its silly moments, and its unbelievable aspects. It would certainly make for an entertaining (if much shorter) life.
5. Fallen on Hard Times has a great cover. Did you design it yourself?
Thanks. No, I got it done professionally, because I know how important it is. Josh and Caspar from Snakeskin Studios [link: www.snakeskin-studios.co.uk if you want to include, but feel free not to] are the two geniuses I have to thank for the cover. They took my ideas and added a lot of their own, so I feel that the cover is still personal to me, but I haven’t overridden their expertise in order to get my way. It’s already getting a lot of positive feedback from people who have seen it, so I already feel justified in my decision to get it done professionally.
6. Do you have any strange or quirky writing habits?
I suppose if anyone came in to the room while I was dictating they might be a bit confused. I have a Blue Snowball Ice mic, which is a spherical microphone that I often hold in my hand as one might cradle a glass of brandy. I’m sure that looks unusual.
Other than that, I’d say the only quirky writing habit I have is being a writer. We’re all bonkers.
7. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author, indie or otherwise?
I was in school, so around about 15. When I was 13 we had to write a short story for a piece of English homework. Everyone else came in with two pages of A4; I turned in 11. A few months after that I started writing in my notepad one day when I was incredibly bored in a science lesson. I still have no idea why, but I started by writing ‘Chapter One’. From that moment on, I was writing a novel.
When I was about 15 teachers started suggesting to me that I consider trying to get published when I grew up. By that point I was quite well known for my novel. I’d carry the up to date version – 50 pages or so – in my bag at all times in case anyone wanted to read it. As soon as someone suggested looking into publication, I knew that was what I should be doing with my life.
8. What one snippet of advice would you give to aspiring self-published authors?
Run it like a business. You can’t be an artist whilst selling your book. Consider it a product – work out who exactly it is that wants to buy it, what makes it different to the other books they might think about buying, where they are and how you will reach them.
And if you think you don’t need to get your MS edited and pay for a professional cover design, don’t bother self-publishing.
Fallen on Good Times will be released in Paperback and on Kindle on the 31st of May
Rewan (not pronounced ‘Rowan’) Tremethick is a British author who was named after a saint. St Ruan was invulnerable to wolves; Rewan isn’t. Rewan is a fan of clever plots, strong woman who don’t have to be described using words like ‘feisty’, and epic music. He has dabbled in stand-up comedy, radio presenting, and writing sentences without trying to make a joke. He balances his desire to write something meaningful by wearing extremely tight jeans.
And finally, you can get chapter one of the novel for free when you sign up to Rewan’s newsletter at his website here.