Today, 21st April 2016, is the publication day for David Coubrough’s debut novel Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice and I’m delighted to be bringing you an interview with David. Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice is available from all good book shops as well as from Amazon.
Half a Pound of Tuppenny Rice
Each summer a group of families holiday together in St Ives, Cornwall. The parents eat, drink, play sport, shop and frequently argue, while their teenage children hang out and enjoy the odd holiday romance. Then, in 1972 their lives are shattered and they never meet up again.
In a lane near the village a night porter is found fatally poisoned. Later that day the body of a man is washed ashore under mysterious circumstances, apparently drowned. All five fathers are questioned but released, and no-one was ever charged.
For Grant Morrison, then aged seventeen, it was the last family holiday, the last golden summer. The devastating events troubled him for decades and finally, nearly forty years later, he decides it’s time to find out the truth, revisiting the Cornish places of his youth.
It could cost him his life, but he had to find out…
An Interview with David Coubrough
Welcome to Linda’s Book Bag David. Firstly, please could you tell readers a little about yourself?
After 35 years in the commercial world, chasing money, conforming to routines and being walked like a dog on a lead to endless meetings, I decided I had drunk enough coffee, looked at too many balance sheets, sat through too many meetings and was more interested in writing.
When did you first realise you were going to be a writer?
I always knew one day I would write, it was more about creating time and developing ideas to such an extent that a proper plot had formed.
If you hadn’t become an author, what would you have done instead as a creative outlet?
How do you carry out the research for your novels?
A lifetime of studying people and their behaviours, allied to a love of places, such as Cornwall; researching the locations there for my novel was a labour of love.
Which aspects of your writing do you find easiest and most difficult?
Conversational interaction I find the easiest, describing what people are wearing I find the hardest.
What are your writing routines and where do you do most of your writing?
In the early hours, from about 3am to 6am! The kitchen table has seen many hours of duty.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to read?
Contemporary fiction, such as Jon Canter, in addition to the Classics, re-visiting Dickens, Hardy and Virginia Woolf in particular.
Do you have other interests that give you ideas for writing?
Yes; theatre and travel primarily, but also observing people from all sorts of contexts. This can include sitting on my own in a busy bar watching people’s facial expressions.
Which of your characters would you most like to be and why?
Justyn Silver, he is unconventional, a little mercurial but basically a very decent guy.
How important do you think social media is to authors in today’s society?
Increasingly so unfortunately.
If you had 15 words to persuade a reader that your book should be their next read, what would you say?
‘People need to be stimulated and entertained, to be feeling good and satisfied simultaneously.
Is there anything else you would have liked to be asked?
Yes; we all should constantly challenge ourselves, reach beyond confines of how our lives have been historically and in the words of Jools Holland, ‘Enjoy yourselves, it’s later than you think’.
That’s great advice David!
About David Coubrough
David Coubrough David spent 35 years in the hospitality industry so a hotel in St Ives was the natural location for his first crime novel. After starting as a trainee manager at the Goring Hotel in London, he founded the specialist hospitality firm Portfolio Recruitment in partnership with two others in the 1980s, where he became chief executive, and has been company director and member of the Board of Governors of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and chairman of Bespoke Hotels. He has also been a director at Maldon Sea Salt and is on the board of Bloomsbury Properties. He is co-owner of the Beehive pub and restaurant in Berkshire and is now working on his second novel.