We recently sat down with Geoff Glanville to chat about his experience of producing a book with us and his thoughts on becoming an Author.
What do you remember about seeing your book for the first time?
Holding the finished printed product in your hand just fills you with pride and achievement. Seeing your book on the shelves in a book store eclipses that initial buzz, it is not as exciting as the birth of your child, but it runs a close second. You just think to yourself, “I made that!”
What did you find the most challenging part of writing your book?
My novel is a crime mystery, but I have no background in the law or law enforcement. Consequently my biggest challenge was devising how to collect and collate evidence to first create a potential crime, and then I had to discover the procedures involved in mounting a criminal trial. Given my age, I wasn’t in the least bit apprehensive in asking for help or shy about asking silly questions so I overcame these challenges by asking for guidance from the Queensland Police Force’s Media and Public Affairs Group, researching via the internet and enlisting the assistance of friends in the legal and medical fraternity.
What piece of advice can you give to other authors starting out?
From the viewpoint of writing fiction, an author needs to accept that writing can’t be a totally organic process, there must be structure built in as well. For example at the outset, I devised what I called a “Character Map” at the same time as I began the first rough of the manuscript. The character map had columns such as the characters names, physical description, date of birth, emotional features etc.. As the manuscript developed and changed direction, sometimes the map also needed to be updated. This is particularly important with birth dates of characters, or the end product might suffer from continuity problems and inconsistencies.
What has been the best feedback you have received about your book to date?
I have had some very positive feedback particularly regarding that people consider “Justice Denied” a well-structured story that was “an easy read.” The best feedback came however from my youngest brother who was “floored that I could produce a book of this quality”. He is considered the “artistic” one in the family and works in the “Arts” and has even pitched “Justice Denied” to a producer colleague as the basis of a mini-series.