An Interview With Tony Millington

Please give a warm welcome to my interviewee this week, Tony Millington. I first met Tony at Deepings Literary Festival when he was taking part in their Read Dating event, as an author. It was great to meet him there and I also caught up with him at Harrogate Crime Festival last month.

Q. Your first book, Unsilent Grief was released last year. Can you tell us a little bit about it? 

A. When a man is murdered in a pub car park, detectives Watson and Monteith of the West Ravenswood Criminal Detective Agency are set for a race to find the culprit before he strikes again. As the bodies mount up they struggle to find out his motive. The book looks at the reasons behind what causes the man to murder. With it being the first book in a series, the readers are introduced to the detectives of the C.D.A. warts and all.

Q. You write crime novels. What do you most enjoy about writing in this genre?

A. Creating the crime and not knowing in which direction the characters will take the book.

Q. Where do you get your ideas from?

A. Who knows?!!! Lol.  They say authors are either plotters or pantsers (write by the seat of your pants.) I am one of those. Something just comes into my mind and a run with it.  Friends Close Enemies Closer starts for where Unsilent Grief ends, so I just carried on logically. This third book I thought about a car on fire. When I wrote it, I didn’t know where it would lead to. Some ideas come directly from the characters. They can take the story in a different direction to the one you may have already thought of (ask any author.)

Q. Can you tell us about your journey to publication?  

A. Unsilent Grief was written after hearing an interview where someone said, “Everyone had a book in them.” I mulled this over and started putting down ideas which developed into Unsilent Grief.  Approaching publishers is daunting for every new author, and as everyone does I was turned down by a couple. I was invited by Ross Greenwood to The Darker Side of Fiction 2017 in Peterborough as his guest. He introduced me to David McCaffrey of BNBS Books who was there promoting their authors. David asked me to send him the manuscript for Unsilent Grief, and a couple of months later he said that they would be delighted in publishing it.

Q. Your second book is now being proofread and you’re well into your third book. Which is your favourite of the three and why?

A. I don’t really have a favourite. Unsilent Grief is special because it is the first. To see your work for the first time in print is brilliant. The second book Friends Close Enemies closer was easier to write, building on elements from Unsilent Grief. The back stories of the main characters. The third book is being a temperamental teenager, but it’s starting to take shape now.

Q. What’s the hardest thing you find about being a writer?

A. The days where ideas don’t come or reworking parts so they flow better.  Also days where you have ideas but you are nowhere near your computer and you forget them by the time you switch on the computer.

Q. Do you get time to read yourself and if you do, what books do you read?

A. I try and read, mainly crime ones. James Patterson, Lee Childs, Malcolm Hollingdrake, Tony Forder, Ross Greenwood, KA Richardson. And that’s just for starters.

Q. When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time? 

A. Listening to music, mainly Heavy Metal and Rock. Iron Maiden, Metallica, Nightwish.  I help promote a charity called Andy’s Man Club, which helps in suicide prevention. The charity is nationwide and gives men a place every Monday to come and talk to other men going through the same things. Seeking help coping with what life has thrown at them so they know #ITS OK TO TALK. Watching sport especially football and cricket.

Q. Finally, what advice can you give to writers who haven’t yet had the break they’re looking for?

A. Don’t give up. Even the most famous authors were turned down when they started writing.  Believe in yourself and your work.

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