Morning lovelies. Today I’m excited to be relaunching my Meet the Author feature for 2021; and starting with the lovely Trevor Twohig who lives literally round the corner from me! I love his books and look forward to you all getting to know him more…….so read on!
Crime fiction, chidren’s fantasy, non-fiction
Tell us a bit about yourself:
Hi there! I’m Trev. I have had a life filled with experience I would say! Originally from London, before living my childhood in North Kent before gravitating further down t’country. I have a beautiful wife and four gorgeous children who make me very proud and happy! I have been a teacher, freelance journalist, Director of my own company, bar owner, PS4 player, avid West Ham follower, but primarily am chief chef for the Twohig clan 😊
What inspired you to start writing and where do you get your ideas?
I started writing Footprints my first ever novel when my father passed away. I was a bit in turmoil and the words just flowed like a cathartic river of pain! Still it was good in a way as it meant that I found a calling and it led me to learn how to actually construct a good storyline and character!
Ideas are more interesting. You have to wait and ideas, the good ones are like butterflies. You have to catch them and then nurture them. Sometimes they take time, sometimes months until they are ready to move on, and you can put the pen to the paper. If the idea I have for my next book is not as good as my last, I wont write a book.
How many books have you written and published?
Four, but more coming in 2021
How long does it take you to write a book?
Well, you know it depends on the idea. Sunny Sands was my first and it took a long time like a good six months of editing after months of writing. The next two have been quicker as I had the idea of where it was going to go and how they would finish, clearer in my mind.
Which book, out of all the books you have written, is your favourite and why?
This is very hard. I would say probably Two Wolves. As it is raw and brutal, and deals with real crisis. It is also an incredibly bold concept which took ages to edit and get right. I had to take a risk with it and I didn’t know whether people would feel it, but so far I have only five-star reviews for it, so I am buzzing that people did!
Which of your characters would you want to be stranded on an island with, and why?
Probably Maddie as she is based on my daughter who is amazing and joyous and lovely!
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Well, I used to bunk off school to play my Dad’s CDs (it was the 90s) and jump about on the sofas and chairs, with a pink tennis racket pretending I was in Guns n Roses! So I guess a rock star But then when real life kicked in, I wanted to be a tree surgeon, I don’t really know why I didn’t, I don’t like heights or the cold so maybe a good idea I didn’t!
What other jobs have you done other than being an author?
Teacher mainly, but I have also owned my own bar in Folkestone, which was mental. Not always good mental. It had dizzy highs and terrifying lows and when you have a young family, is not the ideal occupation.
A teacher, as they say is a noble profession. That said, the education system needs a radical overhaul in my opinion. Perhaps I will write a book about it one day!
If you could get in a time machine and had one chance to travel, where would you go and why? (Backwards or forwards!)
Oh, this is pretty easy. The future terrifies me. I have hope that the youth (who always inspire me), will solve all the problems our generation have caused. Big Tech and Global corporations pretending they are sustainable, when in fact they plunder the land should be ashamed of themselves in my opinion. But enough of my inner, Greta Thunberg, I wouldn’t go to the future, as I would be sad if my kids or grandkids had to live in any more of a damaged world (or indeed an authoritarian state).
So, I would go back to Tudor England. Old women throwing buckets of muck out of the window… The Globe Theatre…. Travelling along the Thames…. And my hero, Big Willy Shakespeare! I think it would be such an assault on the senses, and one I try to recreate in Pansy Pete.
Other than writing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love spending time with my kids, but my real passion besides writing is music. I love creating toons and do so under my banner 2T. I also love travel, but we wont talk about that for fear of jinxing the pandemic actually ending!
What is the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Well some of the stuff that occurred in my divorce and subsequent issues with my daughter were strange and inexplicable to me, but that is largely documented in the first three Charlie Stone books.
Fun wise, I was allowed to drive my Dad’s Lincoln TownCar along Route 66 in Southern California in 1997. I was 16. It was all going so well until the police roadblock appeared ahead of us and I had to drive through a narrow space, with no license, no insurance etc. in the land of the free. Luckily they waved us through.
If you could give your younger writing self any advice what would it be?
Start earlier. Believe in yourself more. Don’t do a creer that you don’t enjoy for money, follow what you love and the money will take care of itself.
Name one book you think everyone should read and tell us why?
A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. If you have ever suffered with addiction, or know anyone who has, this will be a revelation to you. Brilliant, raw, visceral.
What’s your favourite film of all time and why?
Godfather 2 – storyline and character are absolutely unreal.
If you were given a boat, what would you name it and why?
Rijker. After my second son. I have a lot of different things named after my kids, but nothing for him yet.
Describe yourself using three words only…….
Loyal, driven and immature!
If a movie was made about your life, what genre would it be, who would you want to play you and what would its title be?
Sunny Sands! Tom Hardy! Crime!
If you could travel anywhere (world/universe etc!) where would you go and why?
I am lucky to have travelled fairly well but one place that has alluded me thus far is South Africa. Since my folks are from that part of the world, I need to head out there!
You win a million pounds – you give half to charity. Which charity do you pick and why? What would you do with the rest of the money?
I would split the money between Cancer Research and Fathers 4 Justice. The rest I would be my forever home a nice car for my wife and spend the rest of my time writing!
What is something you can’t live without?
Music – I was a CD kinda guy but have now succumbed to the digital streaming vibe. So my Spotify is something I need which is annoying because it makes me need a phone pretty much, which at times I wish I could leave at home!
Do you feel it’s more important to have a) strong characters b) a mind-blowing plot or c) amazing settings?
Certainly not c) a mixture of a) and b), but plot ultimately wins for me. I love a cheeky and surprising twist!
What is your favourite genre to read and why?
Real life drama books. Bukowski, Frey, Hemingway etc. stuff that’s real and makes you feel….
What is the funniest typo you have ever written?
Charlie Stone goes rouge instead of Charlie Stone goes rogue on the outside cover of Two Wolves! All resolved now thankfully.
What is your favourite time to write, and why?
First thing in the morning and around the witching hour 4 – 7pm. Otherwise I feel I am too tired. That said, if I am in the zone and the ideas are flowing… anytime!
What is your favourite word and why?
Difficult one… my favourite series of words is ‘Behind the cellar door.’ They say that cellar door is one of the most satisfying phrases to say and hear in the English language, I have to agree.
And finally, tell us about your most recent book and where we can find it?
Two Wolves is the third Charlie Stone novel. You don’t need to have read the the other two but you may want to afterwards. It is a novel about a man seeking redemption for those who have wronged him, by any means possible. He meets a new friend and they form quite the partnership. It also deals with family court drama and mental health. At the time of writing, it has only received five star reviews on Amazon
Thanks so much for coming and chatting with us Trev! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you more and can’t wait to see what books come next!
If you have any questions/comments for Trev then drop it below or getting in contact via the links above. You can also read my reviews for the three books in the Charlie Stone series via these links: Sunny Sands ~ Crimson Cross ~ Two Wolves
I absolutely love each one of these and am a massive fan are Charlie! If you love a good crime thriller or police investigation then check these out, and if you’re familiar with Kent then these are a must read! Let me know if you read them lovelies!
Thanks again Trev!
Have a wonderful Sunday all!