An Interview with Author, Andrew Grant

andrew_09newAndrew is a slick, clever mystery writer with tight interesting plots.  I ‘met’ him through his writer/wife, Tasha Alexander.  Can’t wait for his newest release coming out in the fall of 2014.

Q. Where do you write? Do you have a special room, shed, barn, special space for your writing? 

A. Whenever possible I write in what was originally the maid’s room in our apartment in Chicago (there was no sign of the maid when we moved in, so I figured someone may as well use it…) but due to the amount of traveling I have to do, I often find myself working on planes or in airport lounges, or any other place where I won’t get either wet or arrested!

Q. Do you have any special rituals when you sit down to write? (a neat work space, sharpened #2 pencils, legal pad, cup of tea, glass of brandy, favorite pajamas)

A. I’m an obsessively tidy person, so I guess that tendency extends itself to my work space. Other than tidiness, all I need to get started in the morning is a giant pot of coffee. Followed by several more giant pots of coffee as the day (and sometimes, the night) progresses.

Q. What is your mode of writing? 

A. I write on my computer (MacBook Air – good for traveling) and revise on paper, scribbling notes with a different coloured pen for each book. There’s no rhyme or reason for the colour choice – I just pick whatever I feel like at the time. It was purple for the book I just finished, green for the one before that…

Q. Do you have a set time each day to write or do you write only when you are feeling creative?

A. Time is the scarcest resource for a novelist, so waiting to feel creative is a luxury I can’t afford. I just start in the morning and keep going until I hit the milestone I’ve mapped out for that day. I like to work for fifty minutes and then break for ten out of each hour – a habit my father passed on to me from his days in the army.

Andrew and author/wife Tasha
Andrew and author/wife Tasha

Q. What’s your best advice to other writers for overcoming procrastination?

A. What I do whenever the urge to procrastinate strikes is to tell myself I can write one of two things that day: my current novel, or a letter to my old boss asking for my previous job back. That’s generally enough to get the words flowing!#2Adrew.writing.AG

Q. Do you ‘get lost’ in your writing and for how long?

A. I certainly find it hard to switch between the world I’m making up in my head – and all the strands of story I’m trying to keep straight – and the real world. This is at its worst when I have to leave the house and run any kind of errand. People see me wandering around the grocery store or the post office in a complete trance and assume I must be possessed or in need of psychological assistance.

Andrew Grant was born in Birmingham, England in May 1968. He went to school in St Albans, Hertfordshire and later attended the University of Sheffield where he studied English Literature and Drama. After graduation Andrew set up and ran a small independent theatre company which showcased a range of original material to local, regional and national audiences. Following a critically successful but financially challenging appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Andrew moved into the telecommunications industry as a ‘temporary’ solution to a short-term cash crisis. Fifteen years later, after carrying out a variety of roles, Andrew escaped from corporate life, and established himself as the author of the critically-acclaimed David Trevellyan series of novels–Even, Die Twice, and More Harm Than Good. He is married to novelist Tasha Alexander, and divides his time between Chicago, IL and Sheffield, England. Further information is available on his website–

Andrew and his wife, Tasha
Andrew and his wife, Tasha

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