Dane Cobain is a writer, poet and musician from a place you’ve probably never heard of, somewhere in England. When he’s not writing books, he’s reading and reviewing them on his book blog – SocialBookshelves.com – or working at his day job in social media marketing.
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Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
I’m usually either listening to music or watching something on Netflix – I hate silence, and even when I’m at my desk at work, I have headphones on. I listen to a lot of alternative folk and hip-hop (an unusual mix), and I tend to watch a lot of documentaries.
If your characters could come to life and be a real human, which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
I think I’d get along with Flick from Former.ly, my upcoming literary thriller. She’s opinionated and full of life and energy, and so we’d probably both spur each other on. She’d also be the character who’d drive me crazy first. We’d have a pretty tumultuous friendship.
Is there a genre or type of book that you love to read but could never write and if so why?
Yeah – high fantasy. The thing with fantasy is that it’s easy to slip into cliché. You also need to build an entire world from scratch – not so much if you’re setting books in the real world.
Seeing more and more authors going the “self-pub’ route. Thoughts?
You can’t really blame them – if there’s a self-publishing route available, then it’s better than not publishing at all. That said, it does mean that there’s a quality gap between self-published books and traditional publications. Don’t get me wrong – there are some really good self-published books on the market, but they’re a rarity.
If you could write in any genre that you’ve never tried, what would it be and why?
I’m actually working on a detective novel at the moment – I’ve been planning out the plot and creating the character profiles. I’ve never written a detective novel before, but I’m looking forward to the challenge. I also have a second book lined up, and a plan to turn it into a series.
When thinking about writing any specific genre, what triggers your fears and insecurities the most?
Tough question! I think that the main insecurity that authors tend to feel is the worry that they’re not going to be able to deliver the goods. It doesn’t really matter what genre you’re writing in – that fear is always there. You just have to power through!
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
I usually find that the plot comes first – at the very least, it’s the basic plot that you start out with. Then, you start to develop the characters, and they influence some of the plot’s more subtle nuances. That said, with my detective novel series, I’m going to have to approach it from the other way around – I’ll have my primary characters, and will need to develop a plot in the form of a mystery for them to solve.
Do you find that you write what you love to read? Or a different genre?
It’s hard to answer that really, because I like to read all sorts of different genres. That said, I’m definitely influenced by the books that I read – I read a lot of alternative literature, and whilst I don’t really confine myself to any genre in particular, I do tend to mostly write stuff that can be classified as ‘alternative’.
How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”
Yeah, particularly with my poetry. The strange thing about the poetry is that I memorise it and perform it at open mic nights, and after I’ve repeated it so many times and memorised how they all go, it tends to start feeling as though it was written by someone else.
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Nope, I’ve been able to touch type for as long as I remember. In fact, I quite often multi-task by watching stuff on Netflix whilst writing – being able to touch type means that I can concentrate on two machines at once.
When the Angels attack, there’s NO REST FOR THE WICKED.
Father Montgomery, an elderly priest with a secret past, begins to investigate after his parishioners come under attack, and with the help of Jones, a young businessman with an estranged child, Montgomery begins to track down the origin of the Angels.
The Angels are naked and androgynous. They speak in a dreadful harmony with no clear leader. These aren’t biblical cherubs tasked with the protection of the righteous – these are deadly creatures of light that have the power to completely eradicate.
When Jones himself is attacked, Father Montgomery knows he has to act fast. He speaks to the Angels and organises a final showdown where he’s asked to make the ultimate sacrifice.