Book Savvy Spotlight on Derek Rosser
Our Guest is Derek Rosser*
Enjoy the interview.
Q1. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your book 'A Reluctant Recruit'?
I am a retired systems analyst having spent 42 years in the aerospace industry. My book is the story of my adventures and experiences as a National Serviceman in the Royal Air Force between 1954 and 1956.
Q2. You have written about a period in history that is about 60 years ago, how can you be so sure that your recollection of those days is accurate?
Each chapter is based on fact but perhaps embroidered a bit to add a touch of humour. I have always been blessed with a retentive memory.
Q3. Why did you leave it until the age of eighty to write your first book?
As a family man, during my working life my free time was devoted to my family. For well over forty of those years I was busy earning a crust and there was little time for reminiscence. Another possible reason is that I am inherently lazy.
Q4. Have you always wanted to write? What sparked the desire to pen your first book?
I have always wanted to write but the demands on my time did not leave much left for this pursuit. When I retired and time no longer ruled my life, I was able to amuse myself by recalling those far off days in my writings. If you too are entertained, I shall feel that my efforts have not been wasted. Also the advance in technology made it easier to write effectively following my retirement.
Q5. What kind of reactions and reviews have you received about your book?
Those of my friends and relatives that have read my book said that it was a good read and they could not put it down. I hope it was not just flattery.
Q6. What is the first thing you did to promote your book once your publisher accepted your manuscript?
I circulated the local libraries and, shortly after publication, took the book around to seek (and get) orders. I also carried out a book signing at the nearest library.
Q7. If you had to pick just one book marketing tool that you've used to promote your book, which would you say has been the most effective?
Emailing the flier provided by the publisher to local clubs and organisations e.g. Social clubs etc.
Q8. Do you do more promoting online or offline and which do you prefer?
Mostly online now but that is because my wife is ill and I cannot leave her.
Q9. Do you target your books at any particular market?
No. I like to think that my book is suitable for all ages and tastes.
Q10. You have written a third book, what is that one about and do you intend to continue writing?
My third book carries on my life story following my discharge from the Royal Air Force. I shall continue writing for as long as I have the energy to punch the keys on my laptop.
Q11. What would you like people to take away from reading 'A Reluctant Recruit'?
The feeling that they have not been wasting their time in reading about my adventures, and that they found my book informative and amusing.
Q12. What are your favourite aspects of writing? And the most challenging?
My favourite aspect is in extracting the maximum humour from a given situation. The most challenging is in maintaining a good standard throughout the work.
Q13. Are there any authors that have been a strong influence on you?
In my youth I was a fan of Billy Bunter. In later years I transferred my allegiance to Leslie Charteris and Dorothy L Sayers. I read for relaxation not education.
Q14. Do you have any closing advice for aspiring writers or even fellow authors?
My advice would be to pick a subject with which you are familiar and develop a style with which you are happy. Also listen to the advice given by a prospective publisher. They know what is likely to be successful.
Thank you for your time. We wish you every success in your writing career.
*Derek Rosser has had a successful career as a programmer in the early days of commercial computing and later as a Systems Analyst, a post he held until his retirement in 1988.
Derek Rosser is the author of 'A Reluctant Recruit' and 'Call Me Valentine'.
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