Here at Olympia we love hearing from our authors, getting an insight into their lives in writing and asking them what their advice would be to future authors. This week we had the pleasure of interviewing James Lawler about his new release, The Dark Side of Dingle






What genre is your book? And what drew you to that genre?


My book is aimed at the adult readers out there because of its content and I chose this genre because of its popularity. The media, (news sources) and prime television all focus on crime, drugs, sex and murder and it occurred to me to write a story about a serial killer.



What are your ambitions for your writing career?


My ambition for my book is to hopefully see it made into a movie. I'm not a kid anymore at age eighty-three so my ambitions are immensely limited and I shall not elaborate.



Were you good at English when you were at school?


In school I was no Einstein nor was I a Denny Dimwit, I was competitive - although I did excel in mathematics.



Do you ever have to do a lot of research before writing?


When I write about a subject I always do a brief research to make certain I'm in the realm of fact.



 What made you sit down and put pen to paper?


 I've always been interested in writing; it's been a passion of mine since early teen years. I have always written poetry and short stories; Dingle is my first attempt at writing a novel.



Do you have a writing schedule?


I usually spend a few hours each day writing and rewriting, I have no set agenda and sometimes I am inspired by things I see or hear from people and events around me or on TV, newspapers, etc.



It sounds like you've had an incredibly eventful life, have you ever thought about writing an autobiography?


My life has been adventurous and eventful but I have never considered writing about it; I would much rather read about exceptional people out there in the world.




 What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?


But I don't read much anymore, only for research purposes as I am continually creating plots in my mind to use in my writing. I have read Zane Grey, Hemmingway, O'Henry, Browning, Yeats and other classic writers. I've never picked up a book that I disliked, I enjoyed them all.

My inspiration for writing Dingle came from viewing the many episodes of Forensic Files, Cold Cases, Unsolved Mysteries and many more crime shows.



If you could review Olympia publishers in a few words, what would they be


I find Olympia Publishers to be forthcoming and up front with me; they have shown me respect, consideration and have kept me informed with each phase of my journey along the pathway to publication.


If you'd like to read James' book, check it out, here!